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K&L Gates
BOSTON, MA 02111 2900
United States


Jeffrey S. King is a partner in K&L Gates’ Boston office, where he concentrates his practice on complex commercial litigation and arbitration in a variety of areas, including admiralty, product liability, toxic tort, and all types of business and contract disputes. His clients include transportation companies, financial institutions, and manufacturers. His maritime and transportation experience has involved representing clients in personal injury and wrongful death defense, cargo damage, equipment damage, charter dispute, insurance, collision, allision, pollution, and USCG regulatory matters.  He has tried cases nationwide in various state and federal courts and has prepared appeals to various state and federal appellate courts, including the United States Supreme Court. He is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy and Harvard Law School, retired from the United States Navy Reserve as a Commander, is a Proctor Member of the Maritime Law Association, and is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Transport > Shipping: litigation and regulation

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K&L Gates‘ ‘pragmatic, ethical and very knowledgeable’ maritime practice is consistently mandated to advise on arrests, attachments, and seizures of vessels and cargo. The team also assists with cargo claims, limitation of liability proceedings, vessel collisions, allisions, groundings, and personal injury and death-related matters. The firm additionally houses experts in marine insurance claims; and charter party, bill of lading and other maritime contractual disputes, as well as piracy-related issues. On the environmental side, the group regularly defends ship owners, operators, managers, charterers and crew members facing civil fines or criminal prosecution under domestic and foreign environmental regulations. In Boston, Jeffrey King focuses on commercial litigation and arbitration involving maritime and transportation. In Washington DC, Michael Scanlon‘s maritime practice involves both domestic and international maritime work, Mark Rugehas an incredible handle on policy’, Darrell Conner is a government affairs counselor in the firm’s public policy and law group, and Elle Stuart assists with transportation-related federal regulatory, policy and legislative matters. In the firm’s New York office, George Kontakis is ‘a very bright, knowledgeable and easy-to-reach partner’. Jorge Romero retired in April 2024, and Luke Reid left the firm in June 2024.

United States > Energy > Energy litigation: oil and gas

K&L Gates represents midstream and upstream clients in a wide range of judicial and administrative proceedings related to crude oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids royalty payment issues, as well as disputes over gas sales contracts, personal injury, municipal regulation of oil and gas development and storage rights disputes. Jeffrey King is based in Fort Worth and act for a number of oil and gas producers, gas marketing companies and pipeline companies in complex litigation before federal and state courts. Another key member is Elizabeth Tiblets, an expert in putative class action litigation, who handles disputes over non-payment of royalties, title issues and a wide range of other contractual matters. Dallas’ Chris Brown and Pittsburgh’s Thomas Ryan are also recognized as experts in oil and gas litigation. Jamie Lavergne Bryan has left the firm.