Transport: shipping - regulation in United States

Blank Rome LLP

Blank Rome LLP’s ‘extremely knowledgeable’ 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 (‘a reservoir of experience and knowledge’) 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.

Cozen O'Connor

Praised for its ‘expert knowledge’, Cozen O'Connor is rated for providing ‘practical advice’ on a range of sanctions, Jones Act, and antitrust mandates, and often appears before federal transportation and trade agencies. Department chair Jeffrey Lawrence is advising Consolidated Chassis Management (CCM) on various regulatory issues; David Smith advises West Coast MTO Agreement on compliance with Federal Maritime Commission regulations and filing requirements; the ‘brilliantAnne Mickey advised Fisherman’s Finest on Jones Act requirements for the construction of a fishing catcher-processing vessel in Seattle, Washington; and Jeff Vogel advised Compagnie du Ponant on regulatory issues relating to the operation of luxury overnight passenger vessels in Alaska, California, and Hawaii. Department vice chair Geoffrey Ferrer, who is based in New York, senior counsel Marc Fink, Wayne Rohde, of counsel Stanley Sher and Robert Magovern are also recommended. All lawyers are based in Washington DC unless otherwise stated.

Jones Walker LLP

Operating from its New Orleans office, the team at Jones Walker LLP is often involved in maritime regulatory compliance matters in the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi River. Energy sector regulatory mandates, Jones Act compliance and offshore immigration are key areas of activity. Scott Jenkins and John Broders advised Enbridge on regulatory issues relating to the construction of a shallow water offshore pipeline, and Marc Hebert assisted voestalpine Texas with obtaining a permit for the inland transportation of direct reduced iron by barge. Kelly Duncan is also a key figure. Jenkins and Richard Bertram jointly lead the team.

K&L Gates

K&L Gates stands out for its experience of legislative and regulatory issues; it ‘knows the subject matter very well’, ‘anticipates the moves of others’ and has ‘a strong lobbying team’. Michael Scanlon advises Global Ports Group on a range of issues, and Mark Ruge (‘insightful in his ability to read the politics of a situation’) advises the American Maritime Partnership on a range of legislative and regulatory matters. William Myhre is ‘very experienced’ and is particularly noted for Jones Act compliance matters and vessel documentation; he advised Norwegian Cruise Line on the US regulation of its fleet and on its US-flag operations. Further, Emanuel Rouvelas advises the Transportation Institute on maritime legislative and regulatory matters. Of counsel Jorge Romero is also recommended. Named lawyers are based in Washington DC.

McGuireWoods LLP

McGuireWoods LLP advises its shipping and maritime clients on a range of regulatory issues and is particularly active in Jones Act compliance mandates and international trade issues. Key work included advising Colonna’s Shipyard on regulatory issues relating to the construction and transportation of a dry dock from a Turkish shipyard. APM Terminals and CSX Transportation are also clients. Norfolk-based department head John Padgett has been called ‘a class act’, ‘a great negotiator’ and ‘an overall expert in ocean and maritime law’.

Winston & Strawn LLP

Based in Washington DC, the team at Winston & Strawn LLP is experienced across a broad range of regulatory work in the sector; US-flag compliance, federal investigations and offshore wind compliance work are among its key strengths. Department head Charlie Papavizas, who is noted for his Jones Act experience, advised Black Diamond Capital Management on citizenship issues relating to the reorganization of Harvey Gulf International Marine, and often advises Liberty Maritime Corporation on the protection and promotion of key government programs. Allen Black advised Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Company on Coast Guard-related issues. Schuyler Line Navigation Company is also a key client. Also recommended are Bryant Gardner, Gerald Morrissey and associate Brooke Shapiro, the last of whom is based in New York.