Paul M. Heylman - Ports & Maritime Experience

Paul Heylman has over 35 years’ experience on a wide range of maritime issues.  His clients include ports, ocean carriers, marine terminal operators and shippers.

He represents ports, carriers and shippers before the Federal Maritime Commission in both litigation and agency investigations, in federal and state courts, before the National Labor Relations Board and other agencies on maritime labor issues and in arbitrations.  The issues have run from alleged Shipping Act violations to international secondary boycotts by longshore unions.  Significant litigation victories include:

  • Defending port authorities against claims by marine terminal operators that the ports have unfairly advantaged competitors
  • Stopping longshore union secondary boycotts
  • Blocking non-federal taxation on vessels in navigable waters
  • Convincing the FMC’s Bureau of Enforcement to drop a terminal operator from a major Shipping Act investigation

He also counsels ports, marine terminal operators, carriers and shippers on the numerous issues arising out of marine terminal leases and facilities agreements, ocean shipping service contracts, FMC agreement filing requirements under the Shipping Act, ship charters, employee/independent contractor classification, public private partnerships (P3) and labor law issues in the maritime world.  Recent counseling includes:

  • Counseling ports on strategies to deal with tenants, liner services and cruise operators
  • Counseling ports on terminal finance and operations issues
     

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