Wayne R. Rohde's practice focuses on the representation of companies involved in the international ocean transportation industry. He regularly represents clients before the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) in connection with regulatory requirements (including OTI licensing), adjudicatory proceedings, and fact-finding investigations.
Wayne has extensive experience drafting and filing carrier discussion agreements, vessel sharing agreements, space charter agreements, various types of marine terminal operator agreements and other forms of cooperative working agreements. He has represented clients in connection with FMC service contract and negotiated rate agreement audits. He has trial experience before administrative law judges at the FMC and has negotiated the settlement of civil penalty demands by the FMC. Wayne is also experienced in drafting and interpreting service contracts as well as advising clients on substantive and procedural issues relating to FMC tariff publication.
Wayne also represents clients in matters involving other government departments and agencies including the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, the Office of Foreign Assets Control in the Department of the Treasury, and the U.S. Department of Transportation. In addition to his regulatory practice, Wayne advises clients on a wide variety of commercial issues (including various types of contracts and leases), as well as pre-merger notification requirements under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 and in connection with corporate financings and acquisitions and mergers.
Wayne graduated magna cum laude from Lake Forest College (Illinois) in 1984, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in politics and Spanish. He received a Master of Arts (in Spanish) from Middlebury College in 1985 and, in 1989 he was awarded a Master of Science (in Foreign Service) and his J.D. (cum laude) from Georgetown University.
May 14, 2020
Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the United States, has ranked 63 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the guide’s 2020 edition.
April 25, 2019
Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the USA, has ranked 57 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the Guide’s 2019 edition.
May 26, 2017
Chambers USA recognized 47 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields; 14 attorneys were recognized nationally and 11 were ranked in the top band.
May 27, 2016
Chambers USA recognized 41 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields; 12 attorneys were recognized nationally and 11 were ranked in the top band.
July 06, 2015
Chambers USA recognized 37 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields; 12 attorneys were recognized nationally and 10 were ranked in the top band.
May 30, 2014
Chambers USA recognized 29 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields; six attorneys were recognized nationally and eight were ranked in the top band. Stanley Sher was named a “Senior Statesman” in the “Transportation: Shipping: Regulatory (outside New York)” industry, for the pivotal role Sher plays in the firm’s continued success in the transportation industry.
May 26, 2013
PHILADELPHIA – May 26, 2013 – Chambers USA has recognized 29 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their fields; five attorneys were recognized nationally and five were ranked in the top band.
May 26, 2020
Wayne Rohde discusses the Federal Maritime Commission National Shipper Advisory Committee Act of 2019 and the establishment of an advisory committee to the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) for policy matters relating to the competitiveness, reliability, integrity, and fairness of the international ocean freight delivery system.
April 22, 2020
Don Kassilke and Wayne Rohde discuss FEMA's additional guidance about the 10 categories of PPE exports that would be exempt from the recent, temporary ban.
April 20, 2020
Don Kassilke, Wayne Rohde, and Kathryn Sobotta discuss OFAC's recently release Fact Sheet detailing regulatory requirements relevant to export humanitarian goods to sanctioned countries such as Iran, Venezuela, North Korea, Syria, Cuba, Ukraine, and Russia.
April 16, 2020
Bob Magovern and Wayne Rohde discuss the FMC's order aimed at developing improvements to the U.S. ocean transportation supply chain through the use innovation teams.
April 10, 2020
Don Kassilke and Wayne Rohde discuss FEMA's anticipated temporary final rule prohibiting certain exportation of PPE, including N95 respirators, surgical masks, and exam and surgical gloves.
April 25, 2016
Wayne Rohde discusses the decision issued by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on April 20, 2016, that affirms the ability of ocean carriers and their customers to extend and/or modify the possessory lien that carriers have on cargo under common law.
December 11, 2014
Late yesterday, both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate passed S. 2444, the Howard Coble Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2014.
In addition to appropriating funds for Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) operations for fiscal year 2015 and limiting the terms of future FMC commissioners, this legislation, if signed into law by the president, would make a potentially significant change in the U.S. Shipping Act of 1984, as amended (the Shipping Act).
May 02, 2014
On March 20, 2014, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) announced that by a vote of 4-1, it had decided to let the P3 Network Vessel Sharing Agreement, among CMA CGM S.A., A.P. Moller-Maersk A/S trading under the name of Maersk Line and MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company SA, become effective on March 24, 2014. On April 2, 2014, the FMC announced a similar decision with respect to the G6 Vessel Sharing Agreement among APL Co PTE Ltd., Hapag-Lloyd AG, Hyundai Merchant Marine Co., Ltd., Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd, Nippon Yusen Kaisha, and Orient Overseas Container Line, Ltd., which became effective on April 4.
January 23, 2014
Wayne Rohde, a member of Cozen O’Connor’s Transportation and Logistics practice group, authored a chapter in the newly-released book, Inside the Minds: Complying with Transportation Regulations.
December 16, 2013
Cozen O'Connor lawyers in New York and Washington author an article for French Lexis Nexis Transportation Law newsletter. For the second year in a row, Christopher Kende, Christopher Raleigh and David Loh of the New York office and Marc Atwood and Wayne Rhode of the D.C. office have co-authored an article providing a summary review of developments in transportation law for the French Lexis Nexis publication Review of Transportation Law, which is distributed electronically to approximately 4000 registered readers in France.
August 22, 2011
Ninth Circuit Decision Interprets Arbitration Provision Narrowly - Maritime Alert! - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit recently issued a decision, Cape Flattery Limited v. Titan Maritime LLC, Docket No. 09-15682, holding that a dispute pertaining to liability for damage caused during the salvage of a vessel could proceed in court, despite the inclusion of an arbitration provision in the salvage contract. In light of this decision, we recommend reviewing the language of all contractual arbitration clauses
Events & Seminars
October 09, 2017
- Chicago, IL
September 19, 2016
- Chicago, IL
June 19, 2016
- New Orleans, LA
September 14, 2015
- Long Beach, CA
October 06, 2014
- Philadelphia, Pa