Honors and Awards

Chambers Global 2020 Ranks Blank Rome Attorneys and Shipping Litigation Practice

Chambers Global 2020 recognized Blank Rome LLP as a global leader in Shipping: Litigation — Global-wide, as well as Partners Grant E. Buerstetta, Mark R. Haskell, John D. Kimball, and William E. Lawler III for their 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. Also well versed in advising on non-contentious 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.” A source particularly praised the Firm's skills in handling maritime transactions.


“A source particularly praised the firm's skills in handling maritime transactions.”

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

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Grant E. Buerstetta – Capital Markets: Securitisation, USA

Grant Buerstetta “comes recommended for his broad securitization practice, frequently handling CDOs, CLOs and transactions relating to asset-backed securities. One impressed client reports that he is ‘incredibly well versed in CDOs and debt financing.’”

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

Mark R. Haskell “is ‘supremely knowledgeable of the industry and is a dean of the enforcement defense Bar,’ reports a client. He adeptly advises his clients across the full gamut of oil and gas-related regulatory matters. Another source says: ‘He is incredibly detail-oriented, extremely knowledgeable and always up to speed with changing market trends.’”

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

John D. Kimball “is ‘noted for his broad expertise in shipping litigation, covering charter party and insurance disputes, as well as casualty and collision work.’”

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William E. Lawler, III – FCPA, USA

William E. Lawler III “offers extensive experience in representing individuals and corporations in investigations by the DOJ and SEC. ‘He's absolutely first-class,’ remarks a client, explaining that ‘he's very well versed in FCPA and anti-corruption matters and really has his finger on the pulse of trends and developments at the DOJ and SEC.’”

About Chambers Global

Chambers & Partners, the UK-based publisher of Chambers Global, conducts research by speaking to a vast range of lawyers and clients. Greater weighting is given to the views of the latter, and any biased viewpoints tend to cancel each other out. All interviews are conducted purely for research purposes and are entirely confidential and un-attributed. The methodology has been approved by the British Market Research Bureau, which audits the research annually. In-depth interviews with clients and lawyers are done over the telephone, each one lasting about half an hour.

For the current Global directory, more than 6,500 of these interviews were conducted covering 170 countries. They were carried out by a team of 30 full-time researchers over a period of 12 months. The qualities on which rankings are assessed include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness/astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by the client. Editorial comment is also derived from the research, with quotations used when they sum up the prevailing opinion of the market.

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