Chambers Global 2018 Ranks Blank Rome Attorneys and Shipping Litigation Practice
Chambers Global 2018 recognized Blank Rome LLP as a global leader in Shipping: Litigation — Global-wide, as well as Partners Grant E. Buerstetta, Anthony B. Haller and John D. Kimball for their industry knowledge and leading practices.
Regarding Blank Rome’s shipping litigation capabilities, Chambers Global notes the Firm is a “[w]ell-regarded shipping litigation practice, with considerable expertise in dealing with high-profile disputes, as well as maritime arbitration. Handles a wide range of issues, including casualties, charter party disputes, bankruptcy and environmental matters. Acts for a mix of owners, operators, charterers, financial institutions and shipyards. Respected both within the USA and internationally for its deep industry knowledge.” Chambers reports that “Sources highlight the firm's national strength in the USA, commenting that ‘they're one of the best in America, with offices in Houston and New York. I consider them to be the top shipping firm in the States.’
On Blank Rome’s recognized attorneys, Chambers Global states:
Clients praise the "open minded and creative" Grant Buerstetta for his accountancy background, saying, "He understands the financial mechanics; he can sit down with you and look at balance sheets and talk about cash flows in a way that most lawyers aren't comfortable with." He advises on a wide array of asset-backed and structured securitisation transactions.
Interviewees applaud Anthony Haller on being “An excellent litigator who is very talented in trade secrets work," whose "strong litigation practice sees him frequently defend against both single-plaintiff and class actions involving a range of employment law issues.”
Sources consider John Kimball to be "one of the best." He leads the firm's maritime and international trade group and has a wealth of experience in a variety of shipping disputes. Sources describe him as "a very notable lawyer" and "incredibly well known and connected."
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