Maritime Regulatory

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Legal 500 Recognizes Six Cozen O’Connor Practice Areas and 13 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys in its 2020 Legal Guide

The Legal 500 United States named Cozen O’Connor’s Aviation, Construction, Immigration, Insurance, and Maritime practices and Cozen O’Connor attorneys Scott Bettridge, Stephen Cozen, Raymond DeLuca, Geoffrey Ferrer, Bruce Ficken, David Heffernan, Jeffrey Lawrence, Robert Magovern, Anne Mickey, Jeffrey Mullen, Josh Stein, Christopher Sweeney, and Jeff Vogel to its 2020 Legal Guide.

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Maritime activity in the United States is heavily regulated. It is overseen by numerous federal agencies and governed by a legal regime that is neither simple nor intuitive. Businesses with maritime-related operations require sophisticated maritime counsel. Cozen O’Connor has one of the largest, oldest, and most renowned maritime regulatory practices in the country.

Attorneys at Cozen O’Connor represent major global vessel operating common carriers; alliances, consortia, and other groups of ocean shipping companies; international and domestic cruise lines, terminals and terminal operators; offshore energy rig owner-operators; entities involved in the installation of offshore wind turbines and other marine construction, carrier-terminal management groups; and ocean transportation intermediaries.

We counsel 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.

Cozen O’Connor attorneys, many of whom have been practicing in the maritime field for three or more decades, have earned a reputation for excellence among top regulators in Washington, D.C., including those at the FMC, Maritime Administration, Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, Office of Foreign Assets Control, Military Sealift Command, Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, Surface Transportation Board, Department of Transportation, and Department of Homeland Security. 

In the maritime arena, U.S. regulators often oversee the conduct of non-U.S. participants. Our attorneys have deep experience representing international clients and helping clientele based both in the U.S. and overseas understand extra-territorial legal requirements. We frequently assist clients dealing with foreign governments on issues relating to regulatory compliance and reform.

Most important to our maritime clients, Cozen O’Connor attorneys don’t just understand the regulations—we understand their businesses. From ship hull engineering to trade routes, we have deep knowledge of all aspects of the maritime industry. This allows us to provide regulatory advice that is astute and practical.

Members of our team have directly shaped U.S. maritime law. They have testified before Congress on dozens of critical legislative reforms and served on U.S. delegations to negotiate and implement bilateral and international transportation and security agreements. Cozen O’Connor was named 2017 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Law Firm of the Year” in Admiralty & Maritime Law. The Legal 500 United States has recognized the practice group as a Top Tier Firm for Transport: Shipping. The maritime group, as well as numerous individual members, has also been recognized by Chambers and Partners, and the team includes several past presidents of the Maritime Administrative Bar Association.

Experience

Publications

Congress Takes First Step Toward FMC Advisory Committee [Alert]

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.

Amid Global Supply Concerns, Trump EO Seeks to Increase Domestic Fishing and Aquaculture Production [Alert]

May 20, 2020

Jeff Vogel, Matt Howell, and Anne Mickey discuss the Executive Order on Promoting American Seafood Competitiveness and Economic Growth that seeks to reduce the need for imported seafood, which makes up roughly 85 percent of consumption in the United States.

U.S. Government Issues Sanctions Advisory for the Maritime Industry and Energy and Metals Sectors [Alerts]

May 18, 2020

Don Kassilke discusses the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), and the U.S. Coast Guard jointly released a Sanctions Advisory for the Maritime Industry, Energy and Metals Sectors, and Related Communities that provides private sector actors with information regarding illicit shipping and sanctions evasion practices.

FMC Expands Use of Innovation Teams to Respond to COVID-19 Supply Chain Concerns

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.

Vessel Registries Grapple with COVID-19 [Alert]

March 25, 2020

Geoffrey Ferrer and Anne Mickey discuss vessel registries relaxing original document requirements and accommodating the acknowledgment process without the need for a face-to-face meeting.

Marshall Islands Relaxes Mortgage Recording Requirements in Light of COVID-19

March 24, 2020

Geoffrey Ferrer and Anne Mickey discuss the temporary modification to the mortgage recording and acknowledgments requirements set out in the Republic of the Marshall Islands Maritime Act.

MARAD Seeks to Reestablish Voluntary Tanker Agreement

November 01, 2019

Jeff Vogel discusses the notice published on November 1. Comments on the draft VTA are due by December 2.

Opportunity to Comment on MARAD’s U.S. Citizenship Regulations and Policies [Alert]

April 30, 2019

Anne Mickey and Jeff Vogel discuss two Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking soliciting comments on steps that MARAD can take to simplify and/or modernize its U.S. citizenship regulations and policies.

A Time to Act Boldly: Maritime Challenges in the 116th Congress [Marine News]

February 12, 2019

Jeff Vogel authored a piece calling for the 116th Congress to recognize that the U.S.-flag fleet requires new mechanisms of support and that our domestic port infrastructure is a strategic national asset, requiring additional funding.

10 Years Of Inaction On US-Flag Cargo Preference

October 11, 2018

Jeff Vogel, a member in the firm's Transportation & Trade Group, published "10 Years Of Inaction On US-Flag Cargo Preference" for Law360.

President Proposes Boost to Maritime Infrastructure Investment [Public Strategies Alert]

March 01, 2018

Howard Schweitzer, Robert Freeman, and Jeff Vogel discuss the president's "Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America."

Making Sense of the Jones Act Waiver Conundrum [Maritime Alert]

September 29, 2017

In response to the governor of Puerto Rico’s request, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) waived the Jones Act on Thursday. The waiver covers all products shipped to Puerto Rico laded on board a vessel over the next 10 days and delivered to Puerto Rico by October 18.

Winds of Change: Hurricane Waivers and Infrastructure Funding [Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update]

September 20, 2017

This edition of the Maritime & Infrastructure Federal Update highlights the recent Jones Act waiver, funding through the TIGER program, the Small Shipyard Grant Program, and more.

Time to Get Moving: Transportation and Coast Guard Regulatory Reform Opportunities [Maritime Alert]

June 07, 2017

Geof Ferrer, Rob Freeman, and Jeff Vogel discuss two notices that create a significant opportunity for stakeholders to shape the regulation of transportation and infrastructure projects in the United States.

Plotting the Course for Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Action [Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update]

May 30, 2017

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update attempts to navigate the mixed messages of recent government actions.

Jones Act Battles, Administrative Appointees on the Move, and Combative Hearings Shape the Landscape [Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update]

April 19, 2017

This edition of the Cozen O’Connor Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update discusses (i) the Jones Act conflict developing before Customs and Border Protection with respect to the use of foreign flag vessels to perform work on the U.S. Outer Continental Shelf, (ii) the implementation of a significant terminal coordination agreement, (iii) leadership changes at the Department of Transportation and Federal Maritime Commission, (iv) settlement of a landmark Jones Act case, (v) House actions regarding Metropolitan Planning Organizations and the Coast Guard and (vi) Congressional hearings on Coast Guard, maritime, and infrastructure programs.

Furie and DHS Settle Dispute over Largest-Ever Jones Act Fine [Maritime Alert]

March 30, 2017

Jeff Vogel discusses the stipulation of dismissal filed by Furie Operating Alaska and the DHS, ending their long-standing Jones Act dispute.

Maritime and Infrastructure Federal Update March 2017

March 27, 2017

Through this publication, we aim to keep you informed about many of the federal legislative, regulatory, and administrative developments affecting the maritime industry and our nation’s transportation infrastructure.

In The News

Legal 500 Recognizes Six Cozen O’Connor Practice Areas and 13 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys in its 2020 Legal Guide

June 22, 2020

The Legal 500 United States named Cozen O’Connor’s Aviation, Construction, Immigration, Insurance, and Maritime practices and Cozen O’Connor attorneys Scott Bettridge, Stephen Cozen, Raymond DeLuca, Geoffrey Ferrer, Bruce Ficken, David Heffernan, Jeffrey Lawrence, Robert Magovern, Anne Mickey, Jeffrey Mullen, Josh Stein, Christopher Sweeney, and Jeff Vogel to its 2020 Legal Guide.

63 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 16 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2020 Guide

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.

Cozen O’Connor Recognized As a Best Law Firm in 24 Practice Areas Nationwide, 106 Practice Areas Regionally

November 05, 2019

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations and peer review from leading attorneys in their field.

138 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 28, 2019

Best Lawyers selected 138 Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 21 of the firm’s national offices for inclusion in the 2020 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Legal 500 Recognizes Six Cozen O'Connor Practice Areas and Nine Cozen O'Connor Attorneys in its 2019 Legal Guide

June 14, 2019

The Legal 500 United States named Cozen O’Connor’s Aviation, Construction, Immigration, Insurance, and Maritime practices and Cozen O'Connor attorneys Scott Bettridge, Raymond DeLuca, Geoffrey Ferrer, Bruce Ficken, David Heffernan, Jeffrey Lawrence, Robert Magovern, Anne Mickey, and Jeffrey Mullen to its 2019 Legal Guide.

The Propeller Club – Port Of Washington, DC Announces Jeff Vogel As New Vice President

April 29, 2019

The Propeller Club – Port of Washington, DC, a chapter of the International Propeller Club of the United States a nonprofit dedicated to the enhancement and well-being of all interests of the maritime community, named Cozen O'Connor attorney Jeff Vogel their new Vice President.

57 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 16 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2019 Guide

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.

Diverting Army Corps' Funding 'Would Cause Immediate Cessation' of Important Projects

February 15, 2019

Jeff Vogel was quoted in the Wall Street Journal's piece on how President Trump declaring a national emergency to bolster the wall would potentially divert critical funding sources away from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Maritime Industry Challenges To Watch: Part 1

September 12, 2018

Robert Freeman, a government relations principal at the firm, was quoted in Law360's feature story, "Maritime Industry Challenges To Watch: Part 1."

Seven Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named 2019 “Lawyers of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America

August 31, 2018

Cozen O’Connor is proud to announce that seven of the firm’s lawyers have been recognized as “Lawyers of the Year” in their respective practices by Best Lawyers in America, one of the oldest and most highly regarded peer review publications in the legal profession.

126 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 22, 2018

One hundred twenty-six Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 20 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

Three Practice Areas and Six Attorneys Recommended by The U.S. Edition of The Legal 500

June 15, 2018

The U.S. edition of The Legal 500 recognized Cozen O’Connor’s Aviation, Construction, and Shipping practices as well as attorneys Geoffrey Ferrer, Bruce Ficken, David Heffernan, Jeffrey Lawrence, Robert Magovern, and Anne Mickey.

Fifty Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Ranked by Chambers USA 2018

May 21, 2018

Cozen O’Connor is pleased to announce that Chambers USA has recognized 50 Cozen O’Connor attorneys for 2018 as leaders in their respective fields; 12 attorneys were recognized nationally and 14 were ranked in the top band either nationally or at the state level.

2018 U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" Ranks Cozen O’Connor

February 01, 2018

In the 2018 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms, Cozen O’Connor is ranked nationally in 17 practice areas and regionally in 64 practice areas.

100 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 23, 2017

Lawyers were selected for inclusion in the 2018 edition based on a rigorous peer-review that has been developed and defined for more than 30 years.

Cozen O’Connor Transportation Attorney Geoffrey Ferrer Admitted to Practice Law in the Republic of the Marshall Islands

August 02, 2017

Geoffrey D. Ferrer, vice chair of Cozen O’Connor’s Transportation & Trade Practice Group and Office Managing Partner of the New York Downtown Office, has been sworn in as a member of the Republic of the Marshall Islands bar becoming one of only 54 admitted and active Marshall Islands attorneys.

Cozen O’Connor Earns Client Recognition in 2017 Chambers USA Rankings

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.

11 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Recognized as Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

May 15, 2017

Selection to Super Lawyers is based on peer nominations and evaluations are combined with independent research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Cozen O’Connor Welcomes Former Acting Chief, Division of Maritime Programs, U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration

January 18, 2017

Vogel brings more than eight years of experience in maritime, national security, transportation infrastructure, and trade law to Cozen O’Connor’s Transportation & Trade Group.

Cozen O’Connor Named 2017 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Law Firm of the Year” in Admiralty & Maritime Law

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.

Cozen O'Connor ranked in 2017 U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms"

November 23, 2016

Firms included in the 2017 "Best Law Firms" list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers.

Sixty-Two Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named to the Best Lawyers in America

August 15, 2016

Sixty-two Cozen O’Connor lawyers from 13 of the firm’s national offices have been selected for inclusion in the 2017 edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

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Jeffrey F. Lawrence

Chair, Transportation & Trade, Co-Chair, International Practice

jlawrence@cozen.com

(202) 463-2504

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