Blank Rome LLP

Shipping Department

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What the team is known for Blank Rome is a well-regarded shipping litigation practice, with considerable expertise in dealing with high-profile disputes, as well as maritime arbitration. It is respected both within the USA and internationally for its deep industry knowledge. The firm offers:

• Notable expertise handling a wide range of issues, including casualties, charter party disputes, bankruptcy and environmental matters.

• Experience acting for a mix of owners, operators, charterers, financial institutions and shipyards.

• Additional strength advising on shipping issues as they intersect with environmental litigation.

Strengths Shipping disputes lawyers describe Blank Rome as "a class act on the litigation side - they have some very good people there." One source added: "They're a great firm that does really great work and they have a number of really good contacts throughout the US market," concluding that "they're my go-to US firm."

Notable practitioners

John Kimball
, one peer said: "I think many people would consider him the go-to figure for any New York litigation work." This opinion is echoed by further sources, who enthuse that "he knows absolutely everything" about New York shipping disputes. His practice sees him assist with the full gamut of contentious shipping matters, including collision and casualty cases as well as charter party disputes and shipping company insolvencies.