Speaking Engagement

Jones Act and Cabotage Rules in the OCS / OW Bunker Litigation: Maritime Practitioners’ Perspectives

University of Texas Law School—26th Annual Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference

Houston, Texas

Blank Rome Partners Jonathan K. Waldron and Keith B. Letourneau will be speaking at the 26th Annual Admiralty and Maritime Law Conference on Friday, September 29, 2017, at the Houston College of Law in Houston, TX.

This conference focuses on legal developments in the specialized area of admiralty and maritime law and includes the always popular overview of recent developments at the national level and in the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, and offers a unique opportunity for practitioners to stay abreast of global and national developments affecting case law, contracts, and civil procedure.

 2017 highlights include:

  • Insight into how specific coverage and dispute resolution provisions can become serious obstacles to the insured’s ability to collect, with James W. Ferguson of Halliburton.
  • Discussion of the O.W. Bunker Litigation from the perspective of vessel owners, physical suppliers of necessaries, and secured lenders.
  • Hon. Lynn H. Hughes, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, offers his views on the state of legal practice and the profession.
  • State Law in Maritime Cases: The Devil’s Own Mess, with Hon. John W. deGravelles, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana.
  • Bradley J. Jackson and the return of William J. Chriss to the interactive ethics favorite What to Do if Your Client is Misbehaving, Part VII.

Mr. Waldron will speak on the 10:15 a.m. panel, “Jones Act and Cabotage Rules in the OCS,” along with co-panelist Samuel A. Giberga of Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. This panel will explore how the Customs and Border Protection Agency’s January 2017 notice of its intention to reverse its Jones Act exceptions resets the playing field for OCS subsea operations. Also, review the Jones Act waivers and other new developments, including wind farms.

Mr. Letourneau will speak immediately after, on the 11:00 a.m. panel, “OW Bunker Litigation: Maritime Practitioners’ Perspectives,” along with co-panelists Bruce G. Paulsen of Seward & Kissel LLP, James Harold Power of Holland & Knight LLP, and moderator Julia M. (Adams) Palmer of Holland & Knight LLP. This panel will examine the procedural and substantive issues involving maritime liens, and the interplay of maritime lien and bankruptcy issues from the perspective of vessel owners, physical suppliers of necessaries, and secured lenders

Blank Rome Partner Michael K. Bell is a member of the conference Planning Committee.

For more information, please visit the conference webpage.