Mr Michael Bell > Blank Rome LLP > Houston, United States > Lawyer Profile

Blank Rome LLP
717 TEXAS AVENUE, SUITE 1400
HOUSTON, TX 77002
United States
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Work Department

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

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Lawyer Rankings

United States > Industry focus > Transport: shipping - litigation and regulation

A ‘go-to team in the US for shipping‘, Blank Rome LLP handles the full gamut of shipping disputes, while fielding a maritime emergency response team to respond to pollution-related incidents. The firm also enjoys strong relationships with the shipping industry’s regulatory agencies. Co-chairing the ‘impressive‘ national maritime and international trade practice are William Bennett III, whose track record includes significant maritime casualties; Washington DC-based shipping regulatory specialist Jeanne Grasso; and Houston-based maritime litigator Keith Letourneau. Also integral to the practice are Thomas Belknap Jr, who focuses on cargo damage claims, and shipping contract, salvage and charterparty disputes; Houston-based shipping market expert Michael Bell, John Kimball, Richard Singleton II, Philadelphia-based Jeffrey Moller and Douglas Shoemaker in Houston, who are all widely respected litigators. Other regulatory experts to note are Matthew Thomas  and Jonathan Waldron in DC. Another highly-rated practitioners include Houston-based Jeremy Herschaft, who is ‘always on top of cases‘, and shipping litigator Lauren Wilgus. Zachary Cain in Houston and Noe Hamra are experienced senior associates, while DC’s Dana Merkel is an experienced associate. All attorneys are based in New York, unless otherwise stated.