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Blank Rome LLP

717 TEXAS AVENUE, SUITE 1400, HOUSTON, TX 77002, USA
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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’s maritime group ‘stands out at the top of the league’. Headed by New York-based John Kimball, the litigation team handles shipping a maritime disputes nationwide and has particular expertise in maritime arbitration. In addition to representing ship owners in multiple cases of fatal crash litigation, the group has experience of maritime bankruptcies, treasure salvage cases, catastrophic environmental claims and maritime-related cybersecurity. In the Houston office, Michael Bell and Douglas Shoemaker represented Chevron in a Gulf Coast-related arbitration. Keith Letourneau is another Houston-based contact. Thomas Belknap practices in the New York office, while Emma Jones is a recommended associate in Washington DC.

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