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Blank Rome LLP

501 GRANT STREET, SUITE 850, PITTSBURGH, PA 15219, USA
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United States: Government

Government contracts
Government contracts - ranked: tier 2

Blank Rome LLP

Handling dispute resolution, compliance, enforcement, False Claims Act cases and bid protests, Blank Rome LLP¬†utilizes its ‚Äėdeep knowledge and expertise‚Äô when advising clients in the defense, aerospace, healthcare, maritime, technology, and professional services sectors. Scott Arnold¬†represented 360 ITIS in a bid protest before the Government Accountability Office pertaining to a $192m task order by the Department of Homeland Security for the provision of a service desk, IT field operations, cabling, videoconferencing, hardware maintenance, deployment and financial system support services. David Nadler¬†chairs the practice and Justin Chiarodo¬†is vice chair. Richard Conway¬†‚Äėis tremendous‚Äô. Luke Meier¬†joined the DC office in August 2018 from Covington & Burling LLP. Meier assists clients in navigating regulations that apply when doing business with federal government, including investigating and defending allegations of fraud.

Leading lawyers

Scott Arnold - Blank Rome LLP

Next Generation Partners

Justin Chiarodo - Blank Rome LLP

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United States: Industry focus

Energy regulation: oil and gas
Leading lawyers

Mark Haskell - Blank Rome LLP

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Insurance: advice to policyholders
Insurance: advice to policyholders - ranked: tier 1

Blank Rome LLP

The 'exceptionally thorough' and 'well-functioning team' at Blank Rome LLP 'not only has a clear understanding of the law, but a strategic mindset to navigate complex situations'. The 25-lawyer practice covers sexual abuse liability, representations and warranties insurance, criminal, product contamination, bankruptcy, commercial liability, cybersecurity and political risk claims across Washington DC, New York, Los Angeles and Houston. 'Top-notch' attorneys James Murray, Jared Zola and Kyle Brinkman have been advising real estate investment trust Simon Property Group on a $200m claim for damages from Aon over damage caused by the 2010 flooding of the Cumberland River. In Los Angeles, the 'exceptionally talented insurance litigation expert' Linda Kornfeld and 'thoughtful' David A. Thomas act for Pennsylvania State University in its insurance recovery motion and bad faith claims in connection with sexual abuse claims against former football coach Jerry Sandusky. Senior dispute resolution partner John Heintz and corporate policyholder specialist Omid Safa are other names to note in Washington DC. Also of note, in 2019 seasoned litigator Natasha Romagnoli joined the firm from McKool Smith.

Leading lawyers

John Heintz - Blank Rome LLP

Linda Kornfeld - Blank Rome LLP

Next Generation Partners

Jared Zola - Blank Rome LLP

Omid Safa - Blank Rome LLP

Rising stars

Kyle Brinkman - Blank Rome LLP

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Transport: shipping - finance
Transport: shipping - finance - ranked: tier 1

Blank Rome LLP

Blank Rome LLP acts for lender and borrower clients on a range of ship finance instructions, including secured ship financing transactions, vessel leasing transactions, ship sale and purchase, and maritime restructuring and bankruptcy matters. Brett Esber advised Quark Expeditions on a cross-border project involving the construction and financing of an ice-class polar expedition cruise ship; he also advised American Shipping Company on the construction and financing of two new Jones Act product tankers, which will be chartered to a high-profile vessel operator. Anthony Salgado advised private equity firm JF Lehman & Company on ship loan and Jones Act issues relating to its sale of NRC Group to Hennessy Capital Acquisition. Additionally, Salgado advised Harvey Gulf International Marine on its Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings and related restructuring. Esber and Salgado are based in Washington DC.

Leading lawyers

Anthony Salgado - Blank Rome LLP

Brett Esber - Blank Rome LLP

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Transport: shipping - litigation
Transport: shipping - litigation - ranked: tier 1

Blank Rome LLP

Blank Rome LLP represents owners, operators, shipyards, charterers, cargo interests, P&I clubs, banks, and funds on a range of complex litigation and maritime arbitration cases; the team regularly handles bankruptcy cases, maritime casualties, collisions, coverage disputes, and criminal cases in the shipping industry. In the Houston office, Michael Bell and Douglas Shoemaker represented OSG Lightering in a contractual-indemnity dispute that emerged after an 80-ton crane toppled at a T&T Marine offshore dock on Pelican Island in Galveston, Texas, killing two. Additionally, Shoemaker, Keith Letourneau and Jeremy Herschaft represented Valero in a claim involving damage caused by a collision with a dock and mooring system on the Mississippi River. In New York, department head John Kimball is representing Odyssey Marine in a dispute with the UK government, through the Department for Transport, in connection with a cargo of silver discovered onboard the SS Mantola, a British ship that sank during World War I. Further, William Bennett and of counsel Lauren Wilgus represented Zodiac Maritime in a cargo loss case. Associate Jay Huffman, Thomas Belknap and Richard Singleton, who represented Monjasa on a marine fuel contamination issues, are also key contacts in New York. Philadelphia-based Jeffrey Moller is also recommended.

Leading lawyers

John Kimball - Blank Rome LLP

Next Generation Partners

Jeremy Herschaft - Blank Rome LLP

Rising stars

Lauren Wilgus - Blank Rome LLP

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Transport: shipping - regulation
Transport: shipping - regulation - ranked: tier 1

Blank Rome LLP

Blank Rome LLP‚Äôs ‚Äėextremely knowledgeable‚Äô team is active across a range of regulatory mandates, with expertise across maritime investigations, ballast water compliance, Jones Act compliance and enforcement, offshore regulatory compliance, trade sanctions and shipping technology. Jeanne Grasso¬†(‚Äėa¬†reservoir of experience and knowledge‚Äô) is regularly instructed in ballast water management and compliance matters. Grasso and Jonathan Waldron, who jointly lead¬†the department, successfully represented Chevron and the International Marine Contractors Association in overturning a government proposal that sought to increase the use of Jones Act offshore services vessels to the exclusion of foreign-flagged vessels. Matthew Thomas, who is experienced in trade sanctions matters, advised three leading Japanese shipping lines on key issues relating to the integration of its US shipping assets in a joint venture, Ocean Network Express (ONE). The team also advises a number of P&I clubs on regulatory matters. Other names to note include¬†Gregory Linsin, who is active in environmental criminal litigation involving maritime clients and internal corporate compliance investigations, and associate Kate Belmont, who is based in New York and handles cybersecurity matters. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC unless indicated otherwise. Sean Pribyl joined Gard AS in 2018.

Leading lawyers

Jeanne Grasso - Blank Rome LLP

Jonathan Waldron - 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 'has depth at partner level and below to cover all specialty legal areas'. The firm's 70-lawyer national M&A team has its core groups in New York and Philadelphia, with additional centers of corporate activity in Pittsburgh, Washington DC and Los Angeles. The practice has particular strengths in the shipping, transportation, logistics and insurance sectors; it also has significant experience in the TMT industry, regularly advises fashion and brand management clients, and has a niche practice advising professional firms on their M&A work. Regular clients include AccuWeather, ExxonMobil, Paddy Power Betfair and Panasonic. Steven Dubow is 'a go-to deal attorney, who has broad experience and an ability to breakdown complex legal issues for non-attorney business people'; and Peter Schnur in New York advised Ryder System, which provides logistics, supply chain and transportation management solutions, on its $120m acquisition of MXD Group. Louis Rappaport chairs the firmwide corporate, M&A and securities team, while Linsey Bozzelli and Kathleen Cunningham in New York are its vice chairs, and Robert Mittman chairs the New York corporate practice. Rappaport has led on several deals for Togetherwork Holdings, which develops group management software and payments solutions, including its acquisition of Gingr, a provider of management software for dog daycare boarding and grooming businesses. Also key to the team are co-business department chair Gary Goldenberg, Alan Lieblich and New York-based Brad Shiffman and Michael Mullman. The names listed are based in  Philadelphia except where otherwise stated.

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