Zachary Wyatte concentrates his litigation practice on various corporate, maritime, and international trade matters, including state and federal cases involving MARPOL violations, collisions, cargo contamination, Jones Act, OCSLA, and LHWCA defense. Zach serves as a member of Blank Rome’s Maritime Emergency Response Team (“MERT”) and responds to pollution-related incidents and other vessel casualties at a moment’s notice, managing the potential civil and criminal consequences involved.
Prior to law school, Zach served active duty as an officer in the United States Coast Guard, attaining the rank of Lieutenant. He holds numerous U.S. Coast Guard-related licenses and certificates and has served in various roles within the Coast Guard, including most recently as a marine inspector and a marine casualty investigator in New Orleans, Louisiana. As a marine inspector, a large proportion of the inspections conducted consisted of vessels under construction or newly delivered, including offshore supply vessels, small passenger vessels, and tank barges.
As a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy and licensed merchant mariner, Zach has garnered extensive experience serving aboard various types of commercial vessels in the deck officer capacity. He has practice conducting specialty operations such as seismic cable laying and remote operated vehicle (“ROV”) work.
During law school, Zach was a member of the Texas Journal of Oil, Gas, and Energy Law; Texas Law Pro Bono Program; and Robert W. Calvert American Inn of Court.