K&L Gates

Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Regulatory Department

USA - Nationwide
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What the team is known for Well regarded for work in a range of areas related to regulatory compliance in the shipping space, including safety, environmental and Jones Act rules. Has expertise representing a domestic and international client base before the FMC, Coast Guard and other federal agencies. Particularly well known for advising on legislative strategy. Also known for acting on antitrust issues and export restrictions, in addition to increased activity advising clients on infrastructure developments and their associated regulatory concerns. Represents significant cruise operators, maritime coalitions, port interests and tanker operations.

Strengths In the words of one client:"They provide an incredible insight on the policy and legal landscape; they give us exceptional counsel."

Another client comments: "What I like about the firm is that they have such a large and diverse staff; they can call in an employee for a task they are particularly suited to, so they can handle it quickly and efficiently."

Work highlights Continues to act for the American Maritime Partnership across a range of legislative and administrative matters, with particular focus on cabotage and coastwise law.

Notable practitioners

Emanuel Rouvelas is a seasoned advisor to shipping companies on all facets of US and foreign legislation as it applies to the maritime industry and international trade. A source describes him as "a star in the legislative area."

Jorge Romero 's practice is focused on advising ship owners on vessel financing and US vessel ownership laws. Sources describe Romero as a "very sharp guy who knows his stuff," and add that he has "a very detailed and nuanced understanding of the regulatory world."

Mark Ruge represents maritime industry clients' interests in policy matters before Congress and handles administrative matters before federal agencies. Sources describe him as "very good and very effective on the Hill."

William Myhre has four decades of experience in the federal maritime regulatory and legislation space. His expertise includes all matters relating to cargo, cruise ships and the commercial fishing industry. In the words of an interviewee: "Myhre is a very talented, very good lawyer."