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, contract disputes, charter party disputes, insurance coverage issues, groundings, collisions, sinkings, strandings, salvage, fire, and cargo disputes. He has also served as arbitrator and mediator for personal injury and contract disputes.
“We are delighted to welcome Bill to Blank Rome,” said Alan J. Hoffman, Blank Rome Co-Chairman and Managing Partner. “He is an experienced and respected litigator in the maritime industry and will be an excellent complement to our well-established maritime litigation team.”
Admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey, Mr. Bennett received his JD from St. John’s University Law School. He received his BE in Naval Architecture from the State University of New York at Maritime College at Fort Schuyler. He obtained his Unlimited Third Mate’s license from the United States Coast Guard. Mr. Bennett has worked aboard various vessels in the capacity of Third Mate, Second Mate (limited tonnage) and Master (limited tonnage), including oil tankers, ocean-going tugs, dredges, and yachts.