Honors and Awards

Chambers Global 2019 Ranks Blank Rome Attorneys and Shipping Litigation Practice

Chambers Global

Chambers Global 2019 recognized Blank Rome LLP as a global leader in Shipping: Litigation — Global-wide, as well as partners Grant E. Buerstetta (Capital Markets: Securitisation, USA), Mark R. Haskell (Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory & Litigation), USA), and John D. Kimball (Shipping: Litigation, Global-wide) for their respective industry knowledge and leading practices.

On Blank Rome’s recognized Shipping Litigation practice and ranked attorneys, Chambers Global states:

Shipping Litigation – Global-wide

What the team is known for:

"Well-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, and noted for its expertise in shipping issues as they intersect with environmental litigation."


"One peer described the team as a 'real quality outfit.'"

Grant E. Buerstetta – Capital Markets: Securitisation, USA

Grant Buerstetta receives widespread praise from his clients and is described as "creative and practical," with one remarking that he offers "a great mix of razor-sharp business sense and zealous representation." He often handles CLO matters for clients as well as complex ABS transactions.

Mark R. Haskell – Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory & Litigation), USA

Mark R. Haskell focuses on FERC matters, including investigations, litigation and related court appeals, as well as CFTC investigations affecting the energy industry. A seasoned energy lawyer, Mark represents natural gas, crude oil, NGL and power trading companies, local distribution companies, end users, producers, and LNG and shale gas project developers in energy regulatory matters.

John D. Kimball – Shipping: Litigation, Global-wide

The "excellent" John Kimball offers clients a wealth of experience across a range of different matters, including collisions, Chapter 11 bankruptcies and high-value salvage. He is regularly instructed by both domestic and international P&I clubs and frequently sits as an arbitrator in shipping disputes. He is based in New York.