John Kimball is a member of our Maritime Emergency Response Team (“MERT”).
John Kimball concentrates his practice in the areas of admiralty and maritime law and commercial litigation. He has more than 30 years’ experience both domestically and internationally and counsels clients regarding maritime matters, including:
- Maritime casualties, including ship collisions, sinkings, groundings, explosions, and fires
- Charterparty disputes
- Insurance coverage disputes
- Creditors’ rights
- Bankruptcy and insolvency
- Mass tort litigation
- Maritime environmental law, including oil spills
- Maritime salvage and general average cases
- Maritime piracy cases
- General commercial litigation
- Commodity disputes
Additionally, John has served as a party-appointed arbitrator or chairman of panels in SMA and ICDR arbitrations.
Chambers USA states that John “has a wealth of experience in the maritime industry who has ‘excellent knowledge and experience in supporting the client,’” and has honored him with a “Star Individual” ranking, which is only given to lawyers with exceptional recommendations in their field, noting that he is “renowned for his prowess in marine insurance issues” and highlighted as “an absolutely top choice for these matters.” Chambers adds, “Clients are ‘extremely satisfied,’ finding him to be a ‘top expert who has a combination of subject matter expertise and many years of litigation experience.’” Chambers Global calls him “talented, well prepared and methodical.” Commentators say “he really is excellent.”
John is an adjunct professor at New York University Law School, where he teaches the course in admiralty law.
John is a prolific writer and speaker both domestically and internationally on legal issues facing the maritime industry.
- Navigating Maritime Arbitration: The Experts Speak (2019)
- Voyage Charters (4th ed. 2014)
- Time Charters (7th ed. 2014)
- Benedict on Admiralty, Vol. 3A: The Law of Salvage (2017 revision)
- The Healy Lectures (Editor, 2005 and 2016)
He also presented the 2005 Donald O’May Lecture on Maritime Law at the University of Southampton, England and the Fifth Cadwallader Memorial Lecture at the London Shipping Law Centre in 2002.
Outside the Firm
John enjoys playing golf and writing songs.