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Blank Rome LLP

Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Litigation (outside New York)

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What the team is known for

Distinguished team with substantial experience across the full suite of contentious issues in the maritime sector. Deep bench of expert lawyers routinely engaged to act on behalf of significant shipowners and operators, P&I clubs and energy companies. Impressive nationwide footprint complements the firm's Gulf Coast-focused practice and strong Houston-based offering. Boasts a dedicated maritime emergency response team to respond to casualties and pollution-related incidents.

Strengths

Interviewees say: "It is a very prominent firm with international capabilities."

A client remarks: "It is our go-to maritime and associated litigation firm. The attorneys really know our company and culture; its a very seamless relationship."

Work highlights

Represented Dry Bulk Singapore and its financial backer, Tradewind Finance, in a $6.5 million claim brought against a Taiwanese shipping company for tortious interference with a charter party.

Notable practitioners

Douglas Shoemaker is highly regarded for his shipping and maritime expertise with capabilities litigating maritime personal injury, property damage and seizure proceedings.
"He is an extremely smart person and a truly excellent lawyer."

Jeremy Herschaft has a dynamic shipping and maritime practice acting on both domestic and international issues. He regularly advises clients on marine casualty environmental matters including pollution incidents.

Keith Letourneau provides guidance on a range of issues including vessel arrests, maritime collisions and insurance coverage disputes.
"A talented and respected lawyer."

Michael Bell has extensive experience in the space and is a seasoned shipping litigator. He skillfully advises clients on a range of maritime casualties including collisions, sinkings, explosions and fires.
"A very fine lawyer with a tons of knowledge."

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Overview

How We Stand Out

  • The strongest maritime legal team in Houston, the most important shipping and energy law market outside of New York. We offer clients hands-on, “boutique” service, backed by the resources of the largest and best maritime law firm in the United States – an ideal scenario for nationwide, major engagements.

  • Houston is a key part of Blank Rome’s renowned national shipping practice, strong on both the Gulf and East Coasts, and with West Coast capability. Our strong regulatory practice, mostly in Washington, D.C., also complements us in Houston, and gives us a considerable advantage over other firms. We offer unmatched shipping knowledge among U.S.-based law firms.

  • Premier litigation team – we’re not just the largest shipping practice in the United States; we believe we have the best shipping litigators in the market. We consistently attract the most complex shipping disputes, have more experience in maritime arbitration than any other U.S. firm, and are the first port of call for any shipping clients facing catastrophic events.

  • Our dedicated “Maritime Emergency Response Team” is on call around the clock to respond to pollution-related incidents and vessel casualties. At a moment’s notice, a member of our team will fly to the site of incident, and manage the potential civil and criminal consequences involved.

  • We also handle commercial agreements, transactions, and insurance for shipping companies.

Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Litigation (outside New York) Department

Blank Rome LLP

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Department location

Watergate

600 New Hampshire Avenue NW

Washington, DC

District of Columbia

USA

20037

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Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Litigation (outside New York)


Douglas Shoemaker
Band 2
Jeremy Herschaft
Band 3
Keith B Letourneau
Band 2
Michael Bell
Band 1