PHILADELPHIA, December 12, 2016 — Cozen O'Connor was recognized as the 2017 U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Law Firm of the Year” for outstanding work in Admiralty & Maritime Law. Cozen O’Connor is one of only five firms to have been honored with this prestigious recognition in this area of practice since the inception of “Best Law Firms” in 2010.
Attorneys in Cozen O’Connor’s Maritime Regulatory practice represent major global vessel operating common carriers; alliances, consortia, and other groups of ocean shipping companies; terminals and terminal operators; offshore energy rig owner-operators; carrier-terminal management groups; and ocean transportation intermediaries.
The firm counsels clients on all regulations enforced by the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), including tariffs and service contracts; discussion agreements; vessel sharing agreements; and niche or specialty agreements. Cozen O’Connor’s team has drafted and finalized more service contracts and carrier agreements than any other maritime group in the world.
The firm’s regulatory attorneys also advise clients on the flagging or reflagging of vessels according to the maritime laws of the U.S., the Republic of Vanuatu, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Liberia. We help clients comply with a litany of other U.S. maritime laws (e.g., Jones Act, Towing and Salvage Statute, Dredging Statute, Passenger Vessel Services Act, and American Fisheries Act) and the requirements of various maritime promotional programs (e.g., cargo preference programs and the Maritime Security Program). We also provide clear guidance on environmental and offshore energy regulations, sanctions, and embargos.
The Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” Law Firm of the Year awards are determined by a number of factors, including client evaluations, practice area chairs and managing partner reviews, and peer attorney feedback.
About Cozen O’Connor
Established in 1970 and ranked among the top 100 law firms in America, Cozen O’Connor has more than 700 attorneys who help clients manage risk and make better business decisions. The firm counsels clients on their most sophisticated legal matters in all areas of the law, including litigation, corporate and regulatory law. Representing a broad array of leading global corporations and middle market companies, Cozen O’Connor services its clients’ need through 26 offices across two continents.