Mainbrace: January 2017 (No. 1)


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A Note from the Editor
by Thomas H. Belknap, Jr.

As we launch into a new year, uncertainty remains the word of the day. Whatever your political leanings, it would be hard to dispute that the inauguration of the Trump administration augurs change on many fronts, from shifting and testing political alliances to evolving trade and energy policies and infrastructure development and growth. (Read more)

The Future of the Maritime Industry under a Trump Administration — Part I 
by Jonathan K. Waldron, Matthew J. Thomas, and Joan M. Bondareff

Those engaged in the maritime industry are extremely interested in what the Trump administration will mean for our industry. Although a challenging task, here is what we see in some key areas as we look into our “crystal ball,” just as the new administration gets started. (Read more)

Ballast Water Challenges Continue: Several New Things You Should Know
by Jeanne M. Grasso

On December 2, 2016, the U.S. Coast Guard (“USCG”) reached a watershed moment in the implementation of its ballast water management regulations by announcing the first USCG type-approved ballast water management system (“BWMS”), a filtration/ultraviolet system manufactured by Optimarin AS, based in Norway. (Read more)

Blank Rome’s Maritime Practice Ranked in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2017 “Best Law Firms”

Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that the Firm’s maritime practice was highly ranked in the national U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers® 2017 “Best Law Firms” survey, and received numerous regional top-tier rankings throughout the Firm’s offices. (Read more)

Maritime Cybersecurity: Protecting Passengers and Their Private Information in the Maritime Industry
by Kate B. Belmont

Cybersecurity has become a critical focus for all industries reliant on information technology (“IT”).  Massive data breaches, cyber espionage, and hacking events sponsored by nation states around the globe occur with growing frequency. In response to the obvious and undeniable necessity of cybersecurity, certain industries, such as financial services, have aggressively tackled the challenges of cybersecurity head on. (Read more)

Red Sky in Morning: Seventh Circuit Reverses Seaman’s Manslaughter Convictions 
by Gregory F. Linsin and Emma C. Jones

A December 2016 United States Court of Appeals decision highlights a recent, troubling trend of aggressive criminal prosecution of vessel owners and crew members following marine casualties involving a fatality. In a remarkable opinion, the Seventh Circuit in United States v. Egan Marine Corp. overturned the criminal convictions of a tug owner and the tug’s master for violation of 18 U.S.C.A. § 1115, colloquially referred to as the “Seaman’s Manslaughter statute.” (Read more)

Celebrating 70 Years

Did you know that in 1946, Blank Rome started as a Philadelphia-based law firm of just two attorneys, then known as the law offices of Blank & Rudenko? We recently celebrated our 70th anniversary by reflecting upon the many milestones and successes we have achieved on behalf of our clients, for the communities in which we live and work, and as an innovative firm that continues to grow and evolve. (Read more)

Blank Rome Announces 2017 Promotions

Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that the following attorneys have been elected partner and elevated to of counsel, effective January 1, 2017. The newly elected partners are Mayling C. Blanco, Dayna C. Finkelstein, Andrew J. Haas, Alex E. Hassid, Nikhil A. Heble, Michael A. Iannucci, Rustin I. Paul, Christopher J. Petersen, James J. Quinlan, and Jonathan M. Robbin. The new of counsel are Marquel S. Jordan, Jason I. Miller, Kevin M. O’Malley, and Adrien C. Pickard. (Read more)

Blank Rome Earns Perfect Score in 2017 Corporate Equality Index

Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that it has received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2017 Corporate Equality Index (“CEI”), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBT workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign (“HRC”) Foundation. (Read more)

The Dual Threats of “Wrongful Arrest” and “Counter-Security” in U.S. Maritime Actions: Practical Considerations for the Foreign Litigant
by Jeremy A. Herschaft and Lauren B. Wilgus

Restraining maritime property ex parte within the district of a United States federal court represents a challenging and “high stakes” area of admiralty practice for the American maritime litigator. Given the significance of this unique type of litigation and its inevitable impact on maritime commerce, two preliminary questions are almost always asked by our foreign colleagues at the outset of conflict. (Read more)

Critical GAO Bid Protest Deadlines and Timeline
by David M. Nadler, Merle M. DeLancey, Jr., and Lyndsay A. Gorton

Almost daily, clients call our office seeking to protest the award of a federal government contract. Unfortunately, sometimes these calls are too late. While contracts can be protested at the agency level, the Court of Federal Claims, and the Government Accountability Office (“GAO”), GAO protests are the most common. (Read more)

The Future of the Maritime Industry under a Trump Administration – Part II
by Jonathan K. Waldron, Joan M. Bondareff, Sean T. Pribyl, and Kate B. Belmont

In offering his views on foreign policy and national security, President Trump’s “Put America First” policy proposes to make the interests of the American workforce and national security his top priorities. In a step generally considered to be in direct support of that policy, President Trump has nominated retired Marine Corps General John Kelly to head the Department of Homeland Security (“DHS”). (Read more)

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