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Blank Rome LLP

717 TEXAS AVENUE, SUITE 1400, HOUSTON, TX 77002, USA
Tel:
Work +713 228 6601
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Fax +713 228 6605
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www.blankrome.com

Michael Bell

Tel:
Work +1.713.632.8635
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Blank Rome LLP

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Maritime

Position

Michael Bell concentrates his practice in complex maritime litigation and corporate transactions. He has more than 40 years of experience, both domestically and internationally, counseling shipping companies, oil service companies, major petrochemical producers, refiners, offshore construction companies, and terminal operators in various matters, including:

  • maritime casualties, including ship collisions, sinkings, groundings, explosions, and fires
  • charterparty disputes
  • insurance coverage disputes
  • coastwise trade
  • negotiating and drafting complex maritime agreements, including vessel construction, purchase and sale; time, voyage and bareboat charterparties; towage; contracts of affreightment; bills of lading; master services agreements; general terms and conditions; indemnity and insurance provisions
  • general commercial litigation
  • maritime environmental law, including oil spills
  • maritime general average cases
  • maritime piracy cases
  • OCSLA transactions, disputes and oilfield contracts
For Mr. Bell's full biography, please click here


United States: Industry focus

Transport: shipping - litigation

Within: Transport: shipping - litigation

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.

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