Honors and Awards

Chambers Global 2024 Ranks Blank Rome Attorneys and Shipping, Energy, and Bankruptcy & Restructuring Practices

Chambers Global 2024 recognized partners Mark R. Haskell, John D. Kimball, Brett A. Snyder, Joanne E. Osendarp, and Eric S. Parnes for their industry knowledge and leading practices, as well as Blank Rome LLP as a global leader in Shipping: Litigation and as a USA leader in Bankruptcy/Restructuring and Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory & Litigation).

Blank Rome LLP: Ranked Attorneys


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

Mark R. Haskell “is deeply experienced in representing clients seeking FERC and DOE authorization for LNG project development and expansion. He also skillfully acts for pipeline owners and shippers in market manipulation disputes and rate cases.” A Chambers source says, “He is a very strong advocate for his clients.”

At Blank Rome, Mark is a partner in the firm’s Energy group, which is nationally recognized in leading industry publications, such as U.S. News & World Report–Best Lawyers, Chambers USA, and The Legal 500. Mark advises his clients on matters related to the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, including investigations, litigation, and related court appeals, and Commodity Futures Trading Commission investigations affecting the energy industry. He also represents natural gas and power marketers, local distribution companies, end-users, producers, industrial consumers, and liquefied natural gas and shale gas developers in energy regulatory matters. In recognition of his leading energy practice, Mark was named the exclusive winner of the LexologyClient Choice Award for Energy & Natural Resources USA (2024; 2022) and  a Lawyer of the Year for Natural Resources Law by Best Lawyers (2021) and is consistently ranked as a global leader in energy by Chambers USASuper LawyersThe Legal 500, Expert Guides, and Who’s Who Legal


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

John D. Kimball “is a New York-based lawyer who has both domestic and international experience in maritime matters. He is well versed in handling commercial and shipping litigation, maritime piracy, environmental issues, insurance, and casualties and is also skilled in arbitration.” One Chambers source says, “John Kimball is a great US lawyer.” Another notes that he “is an impressive guy who knows the ins and outs of the practice.”

At Blank Rome, John is a partner in the firm’s Maritime group, which is nationally recognized by leading industry publications, such as U.S. News & World Report–Best LawyersChambers USA, The Legal 500, and Lloyd’s List. John concentrates his practice in the areas of admiralty and maritime law and commercial litigation and has more than 30 years of experience both domestically and internationally and counsels clients regarding maritime matters. John is also an adjunct professor at New York University Law School, where he teaches the course in admiralty law, and is a prolific writer and speaker both domestically and internationally on legal issues facing the maritime industry. In recognition of his leading maritime practice, John is consistently ranked as a global leader in maritime by Best Lawyers in AmericaChambers USASuper LawyersThe Legal 500, Who's Who Legal, and Expert Guides.  

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Brett A. Snyder – Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory & Litigation) – USA

Brett A. Snyder “is noted for his experience handling rate cases and cost allocation proceedings on behalf of pipeline companies.” One source notes that “he has a good judgment in a litigation context and he is very knowledgeable.”

At Blank Rome, Brett is a partner in the firm’s Energy group, which is nationally recognized in leading industry publications including U.S. News & World Report–Best Lawyers, Chambers USA, and The Legal 500. Brett focuses on the regulation of the natural gas, oil, and electric industries; manages certification proceedings; and advises clients regarding certification of new natural gas infrastructure projects. He represents clients in complex administrative and rate litigation, regulatory agency investigations, and in federal courts. He counsels clients on the federal regulation of natural gas and oil/liquids transportation; sales, including the structuring of transactions; and new terminal projects. Brett is co-author of the first editions of The AGA FERC Manual: A Guide for Local Distribution Companies, a comprehensive Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (“FERC”) manual for natural gas distribution companies. Best Lawyers in America has recognized him as a leader in Energy Law since 2020.


Joanne E. Osendarp – International Trade – USA & International Trade: Trade Remedies & Trade Policy – USA

Joanne E. Osendarp “has tremendous institutional knowledge coupled with refreshing candor and genuineness.” “She has a strong commercial awareness and provides nuanced leadership and guidance to her team and clients.” One source noted that “she is a great lawyer and is always willing to help.”

At Blank Rome, Joanne is apartner and co-chair of the firm’s International Trade group. She advises and represents governments, industry associations, export credit agencies, and companies in international trade and investment matters, including countervailing duty, antidumping, and other trade remedy proceedings before the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission, as well as appeals to the Court of International Trade, the World Trade Organization, and panels under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Joanne has distinguished herself in international legal circles as Canada’s principal U.S.-based lawyer in its high-profile, ongoing softwood lumber dispute with the United States, called the “biggest trade battle on the planet” by The EconomistChambers Global recognizes her as having “Foreign Expertise in Canada.” She has been described by her clients as “a senior experienced trade lawyer of international repute blessed with superb judgment.”


Eric S. Parnes – International Trade: Trade Remedies & Trade Policy – USA

Eric S. Parnes is “a strong communicator and is able to understand complex economic, technical and industry-specific data.” One Chambers sources notes, “Eric is a terrific tactician. His communication is well organized and carefully considered.” Another adds that, “Eric is excellent. He is a great advocate, very well organized and very to the point.”

At Blank Rome, Eric is a Partner in the firm’s International Trade group. He is an accomplished litigator who focuses on advocating for and advising clients in international trade disputes and other high-stakes government-facing matters, including internal and government investigations and False Claims Act (“FCA”) litigation. Eric also has extensive experience as a trial and appellate advocate in a range of substantive areas, including FCA litigation, securities class actions and shareholder derivative claims, intellectual property litigation, and commercial disputes. Eric has represented clients before the Supreme Court of the United States, five U.S. Courts of Appeal, and the highest courts in multiple states and the District of Columbia.

Blank Rome LLP: Global Leader

Shipping: Litigation – Global guide

What the team is known for:

“Blank Rome has a well-regarded shipping litigation practice with considerable expertise in dealing with high-profile disputes, as well as maritime arbitration. It is respected both within the USA and internationally for its deep industry knowledge. The law firm offers:

  • Notable expertise in handling a wide range of issues, including casualties, charter party disputes, bankruptcy, and environmental matters.
  • Experience acting for a mix of owners, operators, charterers, financial institutions, and shipyards.
  • Additional strength advising on shipping issues as they intersect with environmental litigation.”


A market commentator reports: “Blank Rome is my go-to firm in the US.”

Blank Rome LLP: USA Leader

Bankruptcy/Restructuring: Highly Regarded – USA

What the team is known for:

“Blank Rome fields a solid bankruptcy group with a comprehensive national footprint. It acts for an impressive stable of clients, including financial institutions and private equity funds in domestic and cross-border matters. The firm offers substantial expertise in Chapter 11 cases and bankruptcy-related litigation.”


One market commentator reports: “The lawyers at Blank Rome are practical, reasonable, and efficient."

Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory & Litigation) – USA

What the team is known for:

“Blank Rome LLP is a highly regarded oil and gas regulatory practice able to draw on expertise of attorneys with long-standing industry experience capable of handling a variety of regulatory work. Offers particularly strong representation in FERC and CFTC investigations and enforcement proceedings. Further noted for assisting clients in obtaining oil and gas export authorization.”


A market commentator reports: “Blank Rome provides excellent institutional knowledge."

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