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Marine Log

August 6, 2008

Squire Sanders starts New York maritime practice

Three former Holland & Knight partners have jumped ship and joined law firm Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P. to create a maritime practice as the firm continues to expand its New York presence.

The three are Brian D. Starer, Douglas R. Burnett and Juan A. Anduiza.

"The maritime practice fits well with our integrated platform, as the practice complements several core Squire Sanders practices including aviation, communications, energy, environmental, international dispute resolution, litigation and structured finance," said firm chairman R. Thomas Stanton. "Our new colleagues have an unparalleled grasp of the regulatory, transactional and advocacy issues facing the maritime industry and other industries affected by maritime law."

"These three lawyers have extensive international experience working with clients with business interests in Europe and Latin America," said Howard J. C. Nicols, advocacy practice area coordinator at Squire Sanders.

"We are among the few U.S. firms with long term presence and experience in Latin America, and our new colleagues' experience adds to that strong global platform," Nicols said.

Brian D. Starer's maritime practice for 30 years has focused primarily on marine groundings, sinkings, fires, collisions and environmental pollution. Starer has lectured and published widely on all aspects of maritime law relating to the prevention and resolution of maritime disasters.He was named Leading Shipping Lawyer in the 2004 Euromoney Guide to the World's Leading Shipping and Maritime Lawyers. He received his B.S. with honors from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, and his J.D. from Albany Law School Union University. He was inducted into the International Maritime Hall of Fame at the United Nations in May 2002.

Douglas R. Burnett is involved in many aspects of maritime law practice and his clients include major telecommunications companies with international cable issues and major energy companies in disputes involving transportation, commodity contracts and admiralty claims involving petroleum products, LNG/LPG, deep water ports and ocean terminals. He is an international law adviser to the International Cable Protection Committee, an international organization of more than 80 administrations and commercial companies in more than 40 countries that own or operate in the international submarine cable network. He received his B.A. from the U.S. Naval Academy and his J.D. from the University of Denver College of Law.

Juan A. Anduiza is an experienced trial lawyer who handles commercial and maritime arbitrations and trials and is also involved with multinational commercial transactions. He has been involved in maritime-related matters ranging from casualties to the detention of vessels. Anduiza is expected to help expand Squire Sanders' Latin America practice in commercial and maritime issues. He received his B.A. from Pace University and his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law.

Founded in 1890, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey L.L.P. has lawyers in 32 offices in 15 countries around the world.


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