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United States: Government

Government contracts
Government contracts - ranked: tier 3

Blank Rome LLP

The ‘proactive’ team at Blank Rome LLP is highly rated for its litigation expertise, while also covering the gamut of advisory work. It recently scored a victory defending Oshkosh Defense in a $6.7bn bid protest brought by Lockheed Martin concerning the right to build the replacement vehicle for Humvee military jeeps. The group also prevailed in other bid protests, including on behalf of AllWorld Language Consultants against the award of a $30m linguistic services contract by the General Services Administration to a competitor, which was precluded from competing in a follow-on procurement. David Nadler leads the team, which also includes Richard Conway, David Yang, Justin Chiarodo and Scott Arnold.

Next generation lawyers

Justin Chiarodo - Blank Rome LLP

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United States: Industry focus

Insurance: advice to policyholders
Insurance: advice to policyholders - ranked: tier 3

Blank Rome LLP

Blank Rome LLP’s ‘responsiveness, practical and thoughtful advice, and expertise and advocacy’ is valued by clients. It inherited the insurance practice of legacy firm Dickstein Shapiro, including practice head James Murray, who is ‘creative in helping to address and solve problems’, New York’s Jared Zola, who is ‘a young star of the policyholder bar’, John Gibbons, Justin Lavella and the recommended John Heintz. New York’s Lisa Campisi also joined from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. The team is representing NRG Energy and Louisiana Generating in a coverage dispute concerning a suit filed under the Clean Air Act and whether the clients’ insurer had the duty to defend them against the suit. It also acted for KaloBios Pharmaceuticals in bankruptcy litigation and advised the client on its D&O insurance coverage. Other clients include Actavis, ExxonMobil and Maremont Corporation. Lawyers mentioned are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Leading lawyers

John Heintz - Blank Rome LLP

Next generation lawyers

Jared Zola - Blank Rome LLP

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Transport: shipping
Transport: shipping - ranked: tier 1

Blank Rome LLP

Blank Rome LLP’s ‘all-round excellent’ shipping and maritime practice combines an active litigation team with regulatory specialists and a particular expertise in shipping bankruptcies and restructuring. In one of the group’s most prominent contentious matters, New York-based John Kimball won a favorable settlement for Hyundai Merchant Marine regarding the largest containership loss ever, involving 4,382 cargo containers, all of which were lost off the coast of Yemen. Michael Bell, who works out of the firm’s Houston office, is retained by Chevron, alongside Washington DC-based Jeanne Grasso to handle all of the energy giant’s specialized shipping work. The team also handles a wide range of environmental and maritime regulatory compliance, and advised China Shipping Group on US regulatory compliance and commercial aspects relating to the transfer of its liner shipping business to China Ocean Shipping Group Company. Keith Letourneau is also recommended in the Houston office.

Leading lawyers

John Kimball - Blank Rome LLP

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United States: M&A/corporate and commercial

M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m)
M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) - ranked: tier 3

Blank Rome LLP

Blank Rome LLP’s M&A capabilities include transaction and tax structuring, advising boards on fiduciary duties and preparing regulatory filings. Recent matters included advising Harbour Group portfolio company CPS Products on its acquisition of smoke technology company STAR EnviroTech, acting for PCB Group in its $580m sale to MTS Systems and representing David Michael & Co in its sale to International Flavors & Fragrances. Other matters included assisting JF Lehman & Company with its acquisition of API Technologies. Alan Lieblich chairs the corporate, M&A and securities practice group; corporate, M&A and securities vice chairs Linsey Bozzelli and Brad Shiffman in New York are also highly rated; and Louis Rappaport is particularly focused on emerging and middle-market businesses. All partners listed are in Philadelphia except where otherwise noted.

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