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K&L Gates
NEW YORK, NY 10022-6030
United States


George Kontakis is a NY litigation partner and member of K&L Gates’ Maritime Group. His broad practice encompasses commercial and criminal maritime matters, including MARPOL investigations, arbitration, charter party disputes, P&I and FD&D matters, collisions, spills and casualties, vessel sales, insurance coverage, OFAC and attachment and arrest proceedings. He regularly provides advice to worldwide clients in all aspects of complex criminal, civil, and environmental maritime matters. He has significant experience with onboard investigations relating to the USCG and DOJ. He has recently closed nearly $500M in vessel and yacht transactions.

Lawyer Rankings

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

(Next Generation Partners)

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K&L Gates‘ ‘top-flight’ team is routinely turned to for its US and international maritime industry and regulatory capabilities, advising clients on arrests, attachments and seizures of vessels and cargo, along with cargo claims, vessel collisions, allisions and groundings. It also covers personal injury and death matters, marine insurance claims, maritime contractual disputes, and piracy. Boston-based practice head Jeffrey King focuses on commercial litigation and arbitration involving maritime and transportation matters, while Emanuel Rouvelas has longstanding experience in advising global shipping companies’ CEOs. Also highly regarded are ‘brilliant strategistMark Ruge; co-leader of the policy and regulatory practice Michael Scanlon; William Myhre, who has over 40 years’ experience in representing maritime clients; and the ‘strategic and detail-oriented Darrell Conner. Elsewhere, New York-based George Kontakis handles both commercial and criminal matters, Boston’s Luke Reid‘s workload covers maritime investigations and litigation alongside environmental regulatory compliance, while Jorge Romero regularly assists with compliance issues. The associate pool includes Elle Stuart and Luke Steinberger, along with Ifigeneia Xanthopoulou in New York. All attorneys named are the in firm’s Washington DC office, unless otherwise stated.