Shipping & Transportation


“I think their work is sterling. They are smart, alert, aware and treat their clients’ problems like their own and take their needs very seriously. When I have had a problem, I've always been confident in their advice and counsel.”

— Client feedback, Chambers USA

Shipping remains the most important means of moving goods around the world. With nearly 95 percent of cargo imported to the United States moving through seaports, maritime law—directly or indirectly—affects most businesses. Transportation by land and air bring similar issues: Increased global trade, rising energy costs, ongoing environmental regulation, and the threat of terrorism.

As one of the leading shipping and transportation law firms in the world, Blank Rome helps clients find safe passage in these turbulent times by providing legal and business counsel in all aspects of the transportation and shipping industries.  We offer clients a wealth of experience in legislative, regulatory, and advocacy support and defense. From issues related to enforcement actions, to preparing transportation agreements, to environmental regulatory compliance, to product liability defense, we are committed to helping our clients thrive in this multifaceted industry and minimizing their risk. We can handle all of your legal needs that that stem from occurrences on air, land, or sea.

We counsel companies and individuals in both the domestic and international transportation industry including, ship owners, operators, and charterers; truck and rail carriers; waterfront facilities and terminals; freight forwarders; logistics providers; energy companies; cargo owners; airlines; aviation electronics; and UAS.

In order to fully address our clients’ issues, we offer a multidisciplinary approach that encompasses finance, labor and employment, tax, international trade, and business restructuring, to name a few. Additionally, through our government relations team, we work seamlessly with top lobbying and strategic communications professionals who can manage virtually every aspect of any governmental issue facing our clients.

What Sets Us Apart

  • With nearly 40 shipping lawyers in New York, Washington, D.C., Houston, and Philadelphia, Blank Rome has the largest and most comprehensive transportation and shipping practices in the United States.
  • Chambers USA ranks Blank Rome Band 1 for Nationwide Transportation Litigation and Regulatory.
    • “It fields one of the most highly regarded regulatory teams in the USA alongside stellar litigation and transactional practices, and is also home to one of the premier governmental affairs groups…The firm has excellent resources to handle large, complex cases with serious consequences.”
    • “The firm has a fantastic reputation in the international shipping community.” (Chambers Global)
    • “Clients praise ‘the lawyers’ willingness to assist quickly and proffer reliable off-the-cuff advice.’” (Chambers Asia)
  • The Legal 500 United States 2017 ranked Blank Rome Tier 1 in Transport: Shipping.
  • U.S. News & World Report—Best Lawyers recognized us as the “2013 Law Firm of the Year” for Maritime & Admiralty Law.
  • Recognized with the Lloyd’s List North American Maritime Legal Services Award.
  • Who’s Who Legal recognized us as a leading maritime law firm.
  • Several of our maritime attorneys lecture at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy’s OPA 90 Qualified Individual Training Program on legal issues related to pollution incidents, and are often asked to serve as arbitrators and expert witnesses in foreign litigation and courts on issues of U.S. maritime law.
  • Our attorneys include former U.S. Coast Guard and Navy officers, flag officers, representatives and senior staff from Congressional committees, and high-level officials of government agencies, including the U.S. Maritime Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
  • Among our attorneys, we have a professor of maritime law at the New York University School of Law, and several authors and editors of leading maritime treatises and textbooks, including Time Charters, Voyage Charters, The International Law of the Shipmaster, Maritime Security Handbook, and the Benedict on Admiralty volumes relating to salvage and carriage of goods by sea.


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