A Note from the Chair

Mainbrace | March 2018 (No.1)

John D. Kimball

As CMA Shipping 2018 convenes, we are more than a year into the Trump administra­tion and it is fair to say that the U.S. regulatory framework for the shipping industry has seen some changes. In this issue of Mainbrace, we drill down on relevant developments in “Trump and the Maritime Industry: A Look Back and Forward.” Additionally, we offer an update on the Jones Act, an important subject that continues to be a focal point for our industry, as well as offer a report on developments concerning the vexing topic of ballast water management.

In our law practice, we have continued our long-term focus on maritime environmental matters and regularly advise our clients on compliance measures. Avoiding problems is a sure way to achieve profits and value, which is the key theme of this year’s CMA conference. Along those lines, this issue of Mainbrace includes suggested tools to strengthen environmental compliance. We also continue to encounter distressing mat­ters involving cybersecurity, and offer a cautionary tale for the shipping industry that we hope our readers will take time to consider, as well as provide a thoughtful analysis on recent varying decisions and approaches from New York bankruptcy courts regarding territorial limits of U.S. Bankruptcy Code avoidance powers.

Lastly, technology continues to develop in the shipping industry and we provide a look ahead to developments in the areas of Smart Ships, drones, and innovative collabora­tion. I expect we will be focusing on these topics for some years to come.

We hope you enjoy this issue of Mainbrace and always welcome your feedback and sug­gestions for future articles.

Blank Rome Maritime Attorney Spotlights

Mainbrace | March 2018 (No.1)

Jon Waldron Named Law360 2017 Transportation MVP

Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that Partner Jonathan K. Waldron was recognized as a Law360 2017 Transportation MVP.

In Jon’s MVP profile, Law360 praises his noteworthy accomplishments of helping to turn back a proposed regulation that would have banned most international vessels from serving U.S. offshore energy projects in the Gulf of Mexico; advising a shipyard faced with financial ruin in its effort to secure a Jones Act waiver; and representing developers of an offshore wind farm expected to be the largest in the United States upon completion.

During his MVP interview with Law360, Jon discusses his biggest case of the year, reflects on what brought him to maritime law and what he loves about his practice, and offers advice to young attorneys.

For more information on Jon’s Law360 2017 Transportation MVP profile and interview, please click here.

Keith Letourneau Named Co-Chair of Blank Rome’s Maritime and International Trade Practice Group

Blank Rome Partner Keith B. Letourneau was appointed to serve as co-chair of the Firm’s Maritime & International Trade practice group, effective January 1, 2018. Keith will collaborate with Partner John D. Kimball, Chair, and Partner Jeanne M. Grasso, Vice Chair, to lead the group.

The maritime group would also like to thank Jonathan K. Waldron for his recent role as practice co-chair, which concluded on December 31.

Blank Rome’s success is a direct reflection of the commitment, dedication, and hard work of our talented group of attorneys and professionals. We thank them for their ongoing contributions and service to the Firm.

Blank Rome Proudly Sponsors WISTA USA 2018 Annual General Meeting, Conference, and 20th Anniversary Gala

Mainbrace | March 2018 (No.1)

Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that the Firm is a sponsor of the WISTA USA 2018 Annual General Meeting, Conference, and 20th Anniversary Gala, taking place April 26–27, 2018, at the Parker New York hotel in New York City. “The Women Who Move The World” is the theme of this year’s conference, which will recognize the significant contributions of women in the maritime industry.

Kate B. Belmont, a senior associate in the Firm’s maritime group who serves as WISTA USA NY/NJ Chapter President, looks forward to welcoming attendees to this annual event, which is being hosted by the WISTA USA NY/NJ Chapter. Continue reading “Blank Rome Proudly Sponsors WISTA USA 2018 Annual General Meeting, Conference, and 20th Anniversary Gala”

Chambers Global 2018 Highly Ranks Blank Rome Shipping

Mainbrace | March 2018 (No.1)

Chambers Global 2018 recognized both Blank Rome LLP and John D. Kimball, Partner and Co-Chair of the Firm’s Maritime & International Trade practice group, as leaders in Shipping: Litigation—Global-wide. Continue readingChambers Global 2018 Highly Ranks Blank Rome Shipping”

Blank Rome Maritime Practice Ranked in U.S. News and World Report—Best Lawyers® 2018 “Best Law Firms”

Mainbrace | March 2018 (No.1)

Blank Rome LLP is pleased to announce that the Firm’s maritime practice was highly ranked both nationally and regionally in the U.S. News & World Report—Best Lawyers® 2018 “Best Law Firms” survey.

Blank Rome’s industries and services recognized in this year’s survey include: Continue reading “Blank Rome Maritime Practice Ranked in U.S. News and World Report—Best Lawyers® 2018 “Best Law Firms””

Diversity and Inclusion News

Mainbrace | March 2018 (No.1)

Blank Rome Launches Inaugural Diversity & Inclusion Newsletter, Perspectives

Blank Rome LLP is pleased to present the inaugural edition of Perspectives, the Firm’s Diversity & Inclusion newsletter that keeps you informed on our latest diversity news and provides insight on current diversity issues in the legal industry and beyond.

Featured in this edition:

  • Highlights from the Blank Rome Women’s Leadership Summit and Legal Hackathon
  • Analysis of the American Bar Association’s Resolution 113
  • Profiles of LCLD Pathfinders in the Blank Rome Proust Questionnaire
  • Initiatives on advancing women in law and promoting LGBTQ equality
  • Inside look at the Blank Rome Temple-Tsinghua Internship
  • Overview of recent diversity and inclusion headlines, accolades, and events

To download Perspectives, please click here.

Blank Rome Named “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality” by Human Rights Campaign in 2018 Corporate Equality Index

Blank Rome LLP received a perfect score of 100 percent on the 2018 Corporate Equality Index (“CEI”), a national benchmarking survey and report on corporate policies and practices related to LGBTQ workplace equality, administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation (“HRC”).

With this score, Blank Rome has been designated for the third year in a row as a “Best Place to Work for LGBTQ Equality” by the HRC, and joins the ranks of 609 major U.S. businesses that earned top marks this year.

For more information on Blank Rome’s 2018 Corporate Equality Index score, please click here.

Note from the Maritime Industry Team

Mainbrace | October 2017 (No.4)

Richard V. Singleton II

Large sectors of the maritime industry—especially offshore—remain in the doldrums, but it nonetheless has been a busy few months for our Blank Rome Maritime group. Our Washington, D.C., maritime attorneys have been occupied with numerous regulatory, Jones Act, and white collar criminal matters. They also continue to devote substantial time working with our Blank Rome Government Relations partners trying to discern and advise our clients on the direction that the Trump administration will likely take with respect to maritime, environmental, and regulatory policy. Our New York office has been occupied with a number of maritime casualties, including the recent collision involving the United States Navy vessel John McCain, and a steady flow of insolvency matters/questions. And our Houston office, notwithstanding being closed for five-and-a-half days as a result of Hurricane Harvey, has been so busy that it has enlisted assistance from attorneys in our other offices. Fortunately, with more than 60 attorneys in Blank Rome’s Maritime Industry Team who are located throughout our Houston, New York, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia offices, we have the resources to meet our clients’ needs. Continue reading “Note from the Maritime Industry Team”