Chambers Global 2021 Ranks Blank Rome Attorneys and Shipping and Energy Practices

Chambers Global 2021 recognized our firm’s attorneys, including our maritime partner John D. Kimball, for their industry knowledge and leading practices, as well as Blank Rome LLP as a global leader in “Shipping: Litigation — Global-wide” and “Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory & Litigation).”

Blank Rome LLP: Ranked Attorneys

Anthony B. Haller – Labor & Employment: USA

Anthony B. Haller “is ‘an all-around great lawyer both from a counselling perspective and as a trial lawyer,’ sources remark. He has a leading contentious practice and regularly guides clients through race and age discrimination, harassment and wrongful discharge claims.”

At Blank Rome, Anthony is a partner in the firm’s Labor and Employment group, which is nationally recognized in leading industry publications, such as U.S. News & World Report–Best Lawyers and Chambers USA. Anthony concentrates his practice on all aspects of labor and employment law, including preventative counseling, complex litigation, trial, and appellate work, and notably leads the firm’s Trade Secret Protection, Employee Defection, and Unfair Competition group. In recognition of his leading employment practice, Anthony was named one of The Legal Intelligencer’s Pennsylvania Trailblazers (2020), The National Law Journal’s Employment Law Trailblazers (2020), and the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Influencers of Law: Employment Litigation (2019). He has also twice received Finance Monthly’s Trade Secrets Lawyer of the Year Award, and is consistently ranked as a global leader in employment law by Chambers USA, Super Lawyers, and Benchmark Litigation. 

Mark R. Haskell – Energy: Oil & Gas (Regulatory & Litigation), USA

Mark R. Haskell “is deeply experienced in representing clients seeking FERC and DOE authorization for LNG project development and expansion. He also skillfully acts for pipeline owners and shippers in market manipulation disputes and rate cases. Sources say he is ‘practical in finding solutions to legal and commercial issues,’ also noting: ‘He generally has an answer or has seen it before, and has a fast and efficient way of analyzing the issues.’”

At Blank Rome, Mark is a partner in the firm’s Energy group, which is nationally recognized in leading industry publications, such as U.S. News & World Report–Best Lawyers, Chambers USA, and The Legal 500. Mark advises his clients on matters related to the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, including investigations, litigation, and related court appeals, and Commodity Futures Trading Commission investigations affecting the energy industry. He also represents natural gas and power marketers, local distribution companies, end-users, producers, industrial consumers, and liquefied natural gas and shale gas developers in energy regulatory matters. In recognition of his leading energy practice, Mark was named a Lawyer of the Year for Natural Resources Law by Best Lawyers (2021), and is consistently ranked as a global leader in energy by Chambers USA, Super Lawyers, The Legal 500, and Who’s Who Legal. 

John D. Kimball – Shipping: Litigation, Global-wide

“Discussing John D. Kimball, one peer said: ‘I think many people would consider him the go-to figure for any New York litigation work.’ This opinion is echoed by further sources, who enthuse that ‘he knows absolutely everything’ about New York shipping disputes. His practice sees him assist with the full gamut of contentious shipping matters, including collision and casualty cases as well as charter party disputes and shipping company insolvencies.”

At Blank Rome, John is a partner in the firm’s Maritime group, which is nationally recognized in leading industry publications, such as U.S. News & World Report—Best Lawyers, Chambers USA, the Legal 500, and Lloyd’s List. John concentrates his practice in the areas of admiralty and maritime law and commercial litigation, and has more than 30 years’ experience both domestically and internationally and counsels clients regarding maritime matters. John is also an adjunct professor at New York University Law School where he teaches the course in admiralty law, and is a prolific writer and speaker both domestically and internationally on legal issues facing the maritime industry. In recognition of his leading maritime practice, John is consistently ranked as a global leader in maritime by Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, Super Lawyers, The Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal, and Expert Guides.

Blank Rome LLP: Shipping Litigation – Global-wide

As published in Chambers Global:

What the team is known for:

“Blank Rome is a well-regarded shipping litigation practice, with considerable expertise in dealing with high-profile disputes, as well as maritime arbitration. It is respected both within the USA and internationally for its deep industry knowledge. The firm offers:

      • Notable expertise handling a wide range of issues, including casualties, charter party disputes, bankruptcy and environmental matters.
      • Experience acting for a mix of owners, operators, charterers, financial institutions and shipyards.
      • Additional strength advising on shipping issues as they intersect with environmental litigation.”


“Shipping disputes lawyers describe Blank Rome as ‘a class act on the litigation side – they have some very good people there.’ One source added: ‘They’re a great firm that does really great work and they have a number of really good contacts throughout the US market,’ concluding that ‘they’re my go-to US firm.’”

About Chambers Global

Chambers & Partners, the UK-based publisher of Chambers Global, conducts research by speaking to a vast range of lawyers and clients. Greater weighting is given to the views of the latter, and any biased viewpoints tend to cancel each other out. All interviews are conducted purely for research purposes and are entirely confidential and un-attributed. The methodology has been approved by the British Market Research Bureau, which audits the research annually. In-depth interviews with clients and lawyers are done over the telephone, each one lasting about half an hour.

For the current Global directory, more than 6,500 of these interviews were conducted covering 170 countries. They were carried out by a team of 30 full-time researchers over a period of 12 months. The qualities on which rankings are assessed include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial awareness/astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other qualities most valued by the client. Editorial comment is also derived from the research, with quotations used when they sum up the prevailing opinion of the market.

For more information, please visit Chambers Global 2021.

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