Jeremy A. Herschaft

Biography

Jeremy Herschaft is a member of our Maritime Emergency Response Team (“MERT”).

Chambers USA recognizes Jeremy as a nationally-ranked shipping and maritime litigation attorney. He focuses his practice on all phases of commercial counseling, complex litigation, and arbitration, with particular emphasis on the global marine and energy industries. Jeremy has over 15 years of experience in advising clients on a wide range of topics, including:

  • General litigation and counseling on behalf of domestic and foreign corporate interests
  • International contract negotiations and disputes involving time, voyage and bareboat charter parties, bills of lading, service contracts, and contracts of affreightment
  • Maritime insolvencies
  • Cargo damage and general average disputes
  • Recognition and enforcement of foreign arbitration awards and judgments in U.S. courts
  • Maritime Hull and Protection & Indemnity Insurance claims
  • Maritime attachment (Rule B), and vessel arrest (Rule C) actions
  • Disputes involving the U.S. Commercial Instruments and Maritime Lien Act
  • Maritime emergency response (collisions, pollution incidents, offshore emergency investigations, etc., with over 89 international and domestic vessel boardings to date)

Jeremy spent the first six years of his law practice with a respected corporate law firm in New Orleans, Louisiana, focusing on the Mississippi River maritime industry and the Gulf of Mexico offshore deepwater energy sector. He joined Blank Rome’s Manhattan, New York, office in 2011, and went on to manage a variety of international commercial matters and disputes. Jeremy then relocated to Houston, Texas, in 2014 to assist with expanding the Firm’s maritime capabilities in and around the Gulf of Mexico.

In addition to his litigation practice, Jeremy is a member of the Firm’s Blockchain & Digital Currency Group, where he enjoys researching how this and other emerging technologies are shaping the international commercial arena. He has presented at various conferences on the application of blockchain to the logistics environment. His articles on blockchain technology and other legal subjects (such as marine pollution and marine insurance) have appeared in Pratt’s Banking Law Journal, the Tulane Maritime Law Journal, The Arbitrator, the Tulane Law Review, and Pratt’s Energy Law Report.

Outside the Firm

Jeremy is an avid outdoorsman, and he enjoys participating in ultra-distance endurance events. In 2019, he completed President Teddy Roosevelt’s challenge to hike 50 miles in under 24 hours. When not practicing law, you can find him spending time with his family along Buffalo Bayou in Houston Texas. He is a member of F3 Houston.

Experience

  • A Texas fuel supplier, in national prosecution of maritime lien claims against 28 vessels arising out of international O.W. Bunker insolvency.
  • A Danish shipping line in connection with the first Chapter 15 bankruptcy recognition case under the new Danish insolvency act, including adversary proceedings in the United States against 75 international and domestic NVOCC defendants.
  • A “responder” fireboat following explosion of offshore drilling rig MODU DEEPWATER HORIZON.
  • A downbound tanker involved in major oil spill in Mississippi River, and subsequent claims of approximately $90 million in damages.
  • A freighter involved in multiple allisions following breakaway from wharf in Mississippi River.
  • A barge flotilla following collision with upbound freighter in Mississippi River

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Recognitions

  • 2015–2019, Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Litigation Law, listed in Chambers USA
  • 2019, listed in Legal 500
  • 2019, “Next Generation Lawyer,” listed in Legal 500’s Guide to Up-and-Coming Lawyers Nationwide
  • 2018, listed in Capital Pro Bono Honor Roll
  • 2014, “Rising Star” in Transportation & Maritime, listed in Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters)

Affiliations

Memberships

  • Association Internationale des Jeunes Avocats
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Young Professionals in Energy Houston
  • Young Shipping Professionals New York
Professional Activities

Jeremy serves as a 2017–2020 Vice President of the International Association of Young Lawyers  (“AIJA”) Transport Law Commission. He is a Proctor member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States. In 2017, he was honored to serve as the John E. Sims Distinguished Admiralty Practitioner-In-Residence at Tulane Law School.

Jeremy is a member of Blank Rome’s Houston Pro Bono Coordinating Committee and also the Firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. He was recognized by Blank Rome with its Pro Bono Hero award in 2012 for his advocacy in supporting equal rights by obtaining “particular social group” asylum relief on behalf of a gay immigrant, and again in 2017 for his efforts in assisting undocumented Central American children with securing “Special Immigrant Juvenile Status.” In 2018, Jeremy received the Firm’s Edwin P. Rome Pro Bono Achievement Award, which was created to recognize dedication to pro bono service and honor those who are committed to seeking equal access to justice for all.

Credentials

Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Louisiana
  • New York
  • Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court - Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Texas

Education

  • West Virginia University, BA
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, JD
  • Tulane University School of Law, LLM Maritime