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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Counsellor William Bennett Joins Blank Rome

William R. Bennett, III: Photo credit Blank Rome

Blank Rome LLP announce that William R. Bennett, III has joined the Firm as Of Counsel in the International & Maritime Litigation and ADR group. Mr. Bennett joins Blank Rome from Bennett, Giuliano, McDonnell & Perrone LLP where he was a Partner. He has extensive experience litigating and arbitrating all types of marine and shore based disputes throughout the United States involving personal injury, wrongful death, contract disputes, charter party disputes, insurance coverage issues, groundings, collisions, sinkings, strandings, salvage, fire, and cargo disputes.

Blank Rome and Healy & Baillie to Join Forces

Blank Rome LLP and Healy & Baillie, LLP will combine their practices as of October 1, 2006. Healy & Baillie is ranked as one of the leading maritime law firms in the United States with a notable international practice and office in Hong Kong. The combined firm will house the nation’s largest Maritime practice. “We are thrilled to welcome Healy & Baillie to the Blank Rome family. Their depth of experience in international, maritime and admiralty law is unmatched and will be an excellent complement to our existing practice,” said Carl M. Buchholz, Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Blank Rome. Founded in 1948, Healy & Baillie is a leading provider of legal services to the maritime industry in New York, Hong Kong, New Jersey, and Connecticut.

Blank Rome LLP Named “Best Law Firm” for Admiralty and Maritime Law

U.S. News and World report released the results for 2013 “Best Law Firm,” naming Blank Rome LLP as the top firm for Admiralty and Maritime Law. “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. While one of the largest law firms in America, Blank Rome LLP is a global firm which provides a full range of legal services.

Waldron Represents Blank Rome in Ferries 2003 Presentation

Blank Rome LLP has announced that Jonathan K. Waldron, Chair of the Maritime Group, participated in the New Operators Seminar at the Ferries 2003 Presentation Program on November 12–14, 2003 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Waldron specializes in maritime, international and environmental law. His practice involves all aspects of marine transportation regulatory and environmental compliance matters. He regularly counsels and represents clients in matters involving legislative and regulatory affairs related to vessel and facility operations, security, pollution, coastwise trade and criminal defense matters. Waldron is a member of the Maritime Law Association and frequently speaks and writes on matters related to his practice areas.

New York Shipping Conference: The New Normal

Examining key industry drivers is the focus of the 17th annual Hellenic-American and Norwegian-American Chambers of Commerce annual conference, often called the New York Shipping Conference. Entitled “Challenges & Opportunities for the Shipping Industry: Is There a New Normal?” the conference will present the macro shipping and economic overview, the impact of increasing environmental regulation on the shipping market, the availability of capital and its many forms, the growing influence of China and India on Shipping, and shipowners’ points of view. The event will be held on Tuesday, February 8th at the Waldorf-Astoria (a new venue for this event) starting at 0815 with conference registration and coffee.

Blank Rome Welcomes New Of Counsel

William R. Bennett, III

Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that William R. Bennett, III has joined the Firm as Of Counsel in the International and Maritime Litigation and ADR group. Mr. Bennett is based in the Firm’s New York office. Mr. Bennett joins Blank Rome from Bennett, Giuliano, McDonnell & Perrone LLP where he was a Partner. He has extensive experience litigating and arbitrating all types of marine and shore based disputes throughout the United States involving personal injury, wrongful death…

New Guide for Shipmasters, Int’l Maritime Law

Photo courtesy Morgan Marketing  & Communications

Tara Leiter, an attorney at Blank Rome LLP, collaborated with John A.C. Cartner (United States Coast Guard shipmaster and lawyer) and Richard P. Fiske (retired U.S. naval captain and attorney with John Cartner at Cartner & Fiske LLC) to author the recently released legal treatise The International Law of the Shipmaster. Released in the IMO’s declared Year of the Seafarer, the book is designed to identify and explain the complexity of the legal position faced daily by today’s shipmasters…

Lindsay Malen to Speak at Posidonia 2014

Lindsay Malen, Director of Business Development at TITAN Salvage and the Marine Response Alliance (MRA)

Lindsay Malen, Director of Business Development, Marine Response Alliance/TITAN Salvage, will speak on the topic “Salvors:  Partners in OPA90 Compliance & More” at the North American Marine Environment Protection Association’s (NAMEPA’s)  “Compliance, Cost and Competency in America” seminar being held at the 2014 Posidonia conference in Athens, Greece on Thursday, June 5, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. “Compliance, Cost and Competency in America” will examine the environmental challenges facing today’s shipping industry. Highlights include: regulatory challenges in the U.S.

Blank Rome and Dyer Ellis & Joseph to Join Forces

Effective January 1, 2003, Blank Rome LLP, a law firm with more than 400 attorneys, combined with Washington, D.C.-based Dyer Ellis & Joseph P.C. Dyer Ellis’ 42 attorneys serve clients in a variety of business sectors, including marine transportation, defense, energy, financial services, health care, manufacturing and information technology. As a result of the combination, Blank Rome’s Washington office will be comprised of approximately 70 attorneys, many of whom have substantial federal legislative and regulatory experience. “As part of our strategic growth initiative, we are pleased to announce the addition of a firm with the strong presence and reputation which Dyer Ellis enjoys both nationally and internationally,” said Blank Rome Chairman David F. Girard-diCarlo.

Huffman Joins Blank Rome in Houston

Jay T. Huffman (Photo: Blank Rome)

Blank Rome LLP announced that Jay T. Huffman has joined the Firm as an associate in the Maritime, International Trade, and Public Contracts group. He is based in the Firm’s Houston office. Huffman joins Blank Rome from Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams, L.L.P. He concentrates his practice in maritime and energy-related litigation matters, including state and federal cases involving MARPOL violations, collisions, cargo contamination, Jones Act, OCSLA, and LHWCA defense. He also has experience handling serious marine incident investigations…

Warde Joins Blank Rome

Blank Rome LLP announced that Conor T. Warde has joined the as an Associate in the maritime group. Warde brings experience in international maritime law and will be based in Blank Rome’s Washington, D.C. office. Prior to joining Blank Rome, Warde served as Associate General Counsel of International Registries, Inc., which administers the Marshall Islands Maritime Registry. In this capacity, Warde guided the Registry on the interpretation and enforcement of national and international laws and regulations affecting the maritime industry, including International Maritime Organization and International Labor Organization conventions. During this time…

Ship Finance Lawyer Joins Fulbright

Brian Devine: Photo credit Fulbright

A finance lawyer with a focus in the transportation industry, Brian P. Devine, joins the New York office of Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P as partner. “Brian’s experience in shipping will increase the capabilities of our maritime practice,” said Thomas W. Hughes, the Chair of Fulbright’s Business Group. Devine advises clients nationally and internationally in finance and security arrangements; insolvency matters; mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; debt and equity offerings; sale and purchase; commercial transactions and disputes; and corporate governance and structure.

Graykowski Appointed VP at Kvaerner Shipyard

John Graykowski has joined Kvaerner Philadelphia Shipyard, Inc., as Senior Vice President & General Counsel. John will take up his duties on February 1, 2003. Graykowski will report to Gunnar Skjelbred, President & CEO, Kvaerner Philadelphia Shipyard, and will be responsible for all aspects of marketing, external relations and Legal Affairs. Since 2000, John was a Partner with Blank Rome LLP (formerly Dyer Ellis & Joseph). Prior to joining the firm, Graykowski was Acting Administrator and Deputy Administrator of the Maritime Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation from 1994 to 2000. While at MarAd, Graykowski was responsible for implementing the National Shipbuilding Initiative (NSI)…

New York Shipping Conference Adds Speakers

Blaine Collins

Examining areas of change and growth in shipping is the focus of the 20th annual Hellenic-American and Norwegian-American Chambers of Commerce conference, often called the New York Shipping Conference. Entitled “Today’s Vision- Tomorrow’s Reality”, the conference will present a Macro Shipping and Economic Overview, a look at Shipping 2020, the challenges of balancing safety, regulatory compliance and costs, the current outlook and sources of dry bulk demand and supply, sourcing ship finance, and the commercial impacts of decisions regarding trade routes, chartering and futures.

Houston Law Firm Joined by Eight Attorneys

The addition of all 8 attorneys from Bell, Ryniker & Letourneau 
strengthens Houston presence for largest U.S. maritime legal practice Blank Rome LLP. This group of attorneys and additional professional staff bring significant experience in maritime and energy law, in addition to the areas of insurance, transportation, government contracts and construction. Michael K. Bell, Keith B. Letourneau, and Douglas J. Shoemaker join as partners; Robert J. Ryniker, and James C. Arnold join as of counsels; and Mitchell R. Machann, Tracy Freeman, and David G. Meyer join as associates. “We are delighted to welcome Michael, Keith, Douglas and all of our new colleagues to our Houston office and to the Blank Rome team,” said Alan J. Hoffman, Co-Chairman and Managing Partner.

Linsin Joins Blank Rome

Blank Rome LLP announced that Gregory F. Linsin has joined the Firm as a Partner in the White Collar, Internal & Government Investigations practice group. Mr. Linsin brings more than 25 years of experience as a federal prosecutor and has an extensive background in the supervision and prosecution of complex maritime and environmental criminal cases with the Environmental Crimes Section of the United States Department of Justice. Mr. Linsin will be based in Firm’s Washington, D.C. office. Prior to joining Blank Rome, Linsin served as Special Litigation Counsel for the United States Department of Justice, Environmental Crimes Section. In this capacity, Mr.

Action-Packed WISTA Luncheon at CMA

WISTA Leadership at CMA.

WISTA Annual Luncheon at CMA’s Shipping 2012 presents action-packed program. Bahamas signs Washington Declaration, lessons learned from Deepwater Horizon, and a Flag Ceremony farewell to USCG Vice Commandant Brice O’Hara. WISTA USA President Jeanne M. Grasso presided over an action-packed program at this year’s WISTA USA Annual Luncheon held at the beginning of CMA’s Shipping 2012 conference in Stamford, Connecticut. “I don’t think we could have made this year’s luncheon more exciting, interesting, or robust”, stated Grasso, a Blank Rome LLP Partner and President of WISTA USA.

Moller Tapped for NAVSAC

Blank Rome’s Jeffrey Moller

Blank Rome’s Jeffrey Moller Appointed to Navigation Safety Advisory Council. Jeffrey S. Moller, Blank Rome LLP Partner and Product Liability, Mass Torts, insurance Practice Group Leader has been appointed to the Navigation Safety Advisory Council (NAVSAC) as a member representing the viewpoint of the Maritime Law Association. The NAVSAC provides valuable assistance to the Department of Homeland Security on matters related to prevention of collisions, ramming and groundings, including the Inland and International Rules of the Road…

Avista & SEACOR Tankers in Jones Act Shipping J/V

NASSCO shipyard sunrise: Credit NASSCO/Ken Wright.

Private equity firm Avista Capital Partners informs it has invested in a newly-formed joint venture (J/V) with SEACOR Tankers Inc., a subsidiary of SEACOR Holdings Inc. that operates a fleet of 7 U.S.-flag Jones Act vessels (5 owned and 2 chartered-in) in the U.S. coastwise trade transporting crude oil, petroleum and specialty chemical products. Under the terms of the joint venture, ACP III Tankers LLC, a wholly owned entity of Avista, will fund a portion of the equity required for the design and construction of three 50…

USJ-IMECO Acquires Joiner Systems

Affiliates of USJ-IMECO Holding Company, LLC , a portfolio company of J.F. Lehman & Company (JFLCO), today announced the acquisition of Joiner Systems, Inc. Joiner Systems, headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, primarily designs, engineers and manufactures accommodation systems for commercial and government ships. USJ-IMECO is an independent provider of turnkey marine joiner, distributed systems and electro-mechanical solutions for government and commercial customers involved in new ship construction and vessel maintenance, repair and overhaul. Headquartered in Crozet, Va. and Iron Mountain, Mich., the company employs approximately 700 people across the United States. USJ and IMECO were acquired by J.F.

J.F. Lehman & Co. Acquires US.. Joiner LLC, Turnbull LLC

J.F. Lehman & Company, a middle-market private equity firm focused on the defense, aerospace and maritime sectors, announced that it has acquired US Joiner LLC and Turnbull LLC (together, "US Joiner") in partnership with company management. US Joiner is the leading independent domestic provider of turnkey marine joiner and furniture solutions for U.S. Government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Crozet, Va., the company employs approximately 500 employees across the United States. "We are excited to be partnering with the US Joiner and Turnbull management teams and are pleased to welcome the companies to the J.F. Lehman & Company portfolio," said Alex Harman, a Partner with J.F. Lehman & Company.

Safety at Sea Focus of National Maritime Day Seminar

NAMEPA’s May 21st Event features Shipboard Safety, Piracy and  Seafarer Issues. Just months after the Costa Concordia accident, and amid daily reports of piracy and needless accidents at sea, the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) will be offering a seminar “Environmental Intelligence in Maritime:  Safety at Sea, featuring shipboard safety, piracy, and an update on issues for seafarers. The seminar will take place on May 21st at the National Press Club in Washington DC commencing at 3:00pm.

WISTA USA Leadership Changes

Alexandra Anagnostis

At the recent global Women's International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) annual meeting and conference held in Montreal, Jeanne Grasso, a partner at Blank Rome LLP, was elected to the Executive Committee of WISTA International. Jeanne has been the President of WISTA USA for the past five years, during which time its membership has increased by nearly 30% to become the largest in the global Association. In addition to activities within each of the eight regional Chapters…

 

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