John D. Kimball

Biography

CHAIR, MARITIME & INTERNATIONAL TRADE PRACTICE GROUP

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 is a “knowledgeable shipping lawyer 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.” Clients add that “he has one of the sharpest minds in this industry” and “he’s so good he can turn his hand to anything.” They also laud him as “a go-to person for anything of size and substance.” According to market sources, John is “clearly a leader” and described as “one of the best maritime lawyers in the USA.” 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.

Books

  • 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.

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    Recognitions

    • 1989–2018, Admiralty and Maritime Law in New York, listed in Best Lawyers in America©
    • 2003–2017, Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Litigation Law, listed in Chambers USA
    • 2006–2017, “Super Lawyer” for Transportation & Maritime, listed in New York Metro Super Lawyers magazine
    • 2017, listed in Who’s Who Legal – Transport
    • 2017, “Leading Lawyer,” listed in The Legal 500’s Guide to Outstanding Lawyers Nationwide
    • 2017, listed in Legal 500
    • 2012–2016, Global-wide, Shipping: Litigation, listed in Chambers Global
    • Shipping and Maritime Law, listed in Who’s Who Legal and by the Legal Media Group
    • AV-Preeminent®, listed by Martindale-Hubbell®

    A description of the standard or methodology on which the accolades are based can be found here.

    Affiliations

    Memberships

    • American Bar Association
    • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
    • New York City Bar Association
    Professional Activities

    John holds leadership positions in maritime industry publication and organizations, including the board of editors for the Journal of Maritime Law & Commerce and the board of directors of New York Maritime Inc. (“NYMAR”). He is a titulary member of the Comite Maritime International and is a former member of the board of directors for the Maritime Law Association of the United States. John is also a member of the ABA House of Delegates as the representative of the Maritime Law Association of the United States.

    Credentials

    Admissions

    • New York
    • Supreme Court of the United States
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

    Education

    • Duke University, BA
    • Georgetown University Law Center, JD