Honors and Awards

Chambers Global Ranks Blank Rome Attorneys and Practices

The 2013 edition of Chambers Global recognizes some of the partners and practices that make Blank Rome a global leader.

Chambers gave high marks to the Firm in Shipping: Litigation (International Firms); Shipping: Finance (Global-wide); and Shipping: Litigation (Global-wide)John Kimball, Ernest Chung, and Grant Buerstetta were also recognized.

Chambers notes: "This firm is highly regarded for its all-round shipping expertise, which encompasses finance, litigation, and corporate and regulatory issues.  The team's contentious work includes high-profile disputes arising from collision, oil pollution, charter party, shipbuilding and restructuring."

Quoting from Chambers:

John Kimball "is talented, well prepared and methodical."  "He is really excellent."

Nigel Binnersley "is quick, precise and to the point."  Clients also describe him as "extremely experienced in shipping, not only technically but also commercially.  It is his accurate legal advice with commercial sense that make him so popular."

Grant Buerstetta "is very pragmatic and even-keeled, and is able to resolve difficult issues that pop up."

Ernest Chung is "a very good and smart fellow."

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.  For more information, visit www.chambersandpartners.com/global.