Jeremy A. Herschaft
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Jeremy Herschaft is a member of our Maritime Emergency Response Team (“MERT”).
Jeremy Herschaft represents publicly traded and privately owned companies in all phases of complex litigation, arbitration, and commercial counseling, with particular emphasis on the global marine and energy industries. He has over thirteen years of experience in managing contentious legal matters in three of the world’s busiest maritime locations (New Orleans, New York, and Houston), including:
- General litigation and counseling on behalf of domestic and foreign corporate interests
- International commercial negotiations and cross-border dispute resolutions involving charter party, service contract, and other transportation-related agreements
- Chapter 15 maritime insolvencies
- COGSA and multi-modal cargo damage disputes
- Recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitration awards and judgments in U.S. courts
- Maritime Hull and Protection & Indemnity Insurance Claims
- Limitation of liability, maritime attachment (Rule B), and vessel arrest (Rule C) actions
- Disputes involving the U.S. Commercial Instruments and Maritime Lien Act
In addition to his corporate practice, he further assists clients on-scene in responding to maritime casualties, marine pollution incidents, and other shipboard and offshore investigations. To date, Mr. Herschaft has attended over 85 vessel boardings (in the United States and abroad) in connection with such assignments.
Chambers USA notes that Mr. Herschaft is described as “very smart, thorough and thoughtful in terms of thinking things through.” In 2017, he was selected to serve as the John E. Sims Distinguished Admiralty Practitioner-in-Residence at Tulane Law School.
Mr. Herschaft grew up on the waters of Charleston, South Carolina, and is a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he was inducted into the University’s Order of Barristers, a national moot court honorary organization. While at Tulane Law for his L.L.M., he served on the editorial staff of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal. Upon graduating from Tulane, he spent the first six years of his law practice with a full-scale corporate maritime law firm in New Orleans, Louisiana, focusing on the Mississippi River maritime industry and the Gulf of Mexico offshore deepwater energy sector.
Mr. Herschaft spent his first three years at Blank Rome practicing with the Firm’s Manhattan, New York, maritime group. During that time, he was admitted into the Maritime Law Association of the United States as a Proctor member. In 2014, he relocated to Houston, Texas, where he continues his practice with the Firm’s expanding Houston office.
- Representation of Texas fuel supplier in national prosecution of maritime lien claims against 28 vessels arising out of international O.W. Bunker insolvency.
- Representation of Danish shipping line in connection with the first Chapter 15 bankruptcy recognition case under the new Danish insolvency act, including adversary proceedings in the United States against 75 international and domestic NVOCC defendants.
- Representation of “responder” fireboat following explosion of offshore drilling rig MODU DEEPWATER HORIZON.
- Representation of downbound tanker involved in major oil spill in Mississippi River, and subsequent claims of approximately $90 million in damages.
- Representation of freighter involved in multiple allisions following breakaway from wharf in Mississippi River.
- Representation of barge flotilla following collision with upbound freighter in Mississippi River
- Regular shipboard attendance (both in the United States and abroad) during U.S. Coast Guard and Flag State maritime investigations following groundings, collisions, allisions, sinkings, and oil spill pollution incidents, and representation of vessel interests in subsequent litigation.
COMMUNITY SERVICE & AFFILIATIONS
Mr. Herschaft handles a number of pro bono cases each year on behalf of indigent clients, and he currently serves as a member of Blank Rome’s Houston Pro Bono Coordinating Committee and also the Firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. He was recognized by Blank Rome with its Pro Bono Hero award in 2012 for his advocacy in supporting LGBTQ rights by obtaining “particular social group” asylum relief on behalf of a Caribbean immigrant, and again in 2017 for his efforts in assisting undocumented Central American children with securing “Special Immigrant Juvenile Status Visas.”
In September 2017, Mr. Herschaft was appointed as a 2017–2020 Vice President of the International Association of Young Lawyers (“AIJA”) Transport Law Commission.
- 2015–2017, Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Litigation Law, listed in Chambers USA
- 2014, listed in Super Lawyers
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