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Blank Rome LLP

Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Regulatory

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What the team is known for

Highly acclaimed practice well known for its representation of significant shipping clients on a range of regulatory matters. Has expertise in Jones Act compliance, environmental investigation defense of companies and individuals, and government relations including legislative advice. Advises on maritime cybersecurity issues, including attacks and security breach avoidance. Further strength in counseling shipowners and operators on US trade sanction issues. Offers wider industry expertise in shipping within the context of offshore oil, gas and wind energy compliance matters.

Strengths

Interviewees note: "It is a very strong maritime firm and provides excellent regulatory advice."

Another source says: "They keep their eyes to the ground and keep us informed of developments. They're very good at strategy and I'm impressed by their responsiveness."

Work highlights

Acted as maritime counsel to Dominion Energy in connection with the building, charter parties, crewing, and financing of the first Jones Act-compliant offshore wind turbine installation vessel to be built in the US.

Notable practitioners

Jeanne Grasso is held in high esteem for her representation of owners, cargo interests and operators. She advises clients on general regulatory compliance as well as investigations and enforcement proceedings.
"There is no one better in addressing maritime issues of all types. Her expertise, practical knowledge and legal skills are unsurpassed." "She is an extremely useful lawyer in everything to do with the US Coast Guard and issues surrounding that area. She's very skilled and knowledgeable."

Jonathan Waldron has an impressive reputation for his work in maritime environmental compliance, international trade and Jones Act work. Clients additionally benefit from his 20 years of service in the US Coast Guard.
"He's extremely responsive, knows the subject inside out and is well connected in the community and with the legislature." "He is an incredible advocate for his clients and the maritime industry as a whole."

Matthew Thomas represents all manner of maritime industry participants including shipowners, insurers, ports and marine terminal operators. An expert in maritime logistics, he is particularly recognized for his expertise in trade sanctions issues concerning sector clients.
"He is very clear and concise in his advice and knows his stuff inside and out in quite a technical area. He's willing to stick his neck out and say what he feels is the right thing to do. He's very user-friendly and a popular choice of attorney."

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Overview

  • Teams in Washington, D.C., Houston and New York cover compliance counseling, training, risk mitigation, corporate investigations, enforcement action defense, administrative litigation, and government relations
  • Liaise with all regulators overseeing the industry; our relationships with their key personnel are central to our strength
  • Our Firm’s top shipping litigation and finance practices are crucial; complex regulatory, litigation and transactional efforts are often interconnected
  • We have vast experience defending companies and individuals facing environmental investigations of casualties or alleged intentional misconduct – many with criminal elements and involving potential/intentional Clean Water Act and MARPOL violations
  • Our depth of knowledge and capabilities are unmatched in compliance with and enforcement of issues involving the Jones Act and other coastwise trade laws. Here, we often are local U.S. counsel for international shipping law firms
  • One of few firms advising the industry on the threats of cyber-attacks, how best to protect against breaches, and assisting clients with cyber-audits and investigations
  • We have considerable knowledge of offshore regulatory compliance issues for the oil, gas, and wind energy industries
  • The “go-to” firm for domestic and international clients worldwide regarding ballast water management compliance requirements. We’ve sought hundreds of compliance-date extensions, dealt with enforcement actions, and often speak worldwide on risk and liability

Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Regulatory Department

Blank Rome LLP

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Watergate

600 New Hampshire Avenue NW

Washington, DC

District of Columbia

USA

20037

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USA - Nationwide

Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Regulatory


Jeanne Grasso
Band 1
Jonathan K Waldron
Band 1
Matthew J Thomas
Band 3