(Boston, MA — Feb 8, 2017) — FisherBroyles, LLP is pleased to announce that Brad Gandrup has joined the firm as a partner.
Gandrup has represented clients for over 30 years in civil litigation and arbitration matters, with a focus on admiralty and maritime law. His clients have included oil, technology and insurance companies, marine classification societies, vessel owners and charterers, cargo interests, marine construction and dredging companies, and salvage companies.
Gandrup represented the petitioner in Exxon Corp. v. Central Gulf Lines, Inc., 500 U.S. 603 (1991), in which the United States Supreme Court overruled its own 135-year-old precedent and expanded federal admiralty jurisdiction in favor of his client. Gandrup was also part of the team of lawyers which successfully defended the American Bureau of Shipping in the $1 billion suit brought against it in New York by the Kingdom of Spain concerning the massive oil spill from the M/T PRESTIGE off the northwest coast of Spain. He also defended the French marine classification society, Bureua Veritas, in a suit by cargo interests concerning the catastrophic mid-ocean failure and sinking of the M/V STAR OF ALEXANDRIA. Gandrup obtained the first federal maritime decision to clearly hold that, under the Federal Arbitration Act, an arbitration provision in an international commercial agreement must be in a writing signed by the parties or evidenced in an exchange of correspondence to be enforceable.
“We are excited to have Brad join the firm and expand the Boston Office. He is a highly respected litigator and counsellor who adds further strength to our litigation group and greatly enhances our Maritime, Admiralty and International practices.” said Edward J. Gildea, Managing Partner of the FisherBroyles Boston Office.
In addition to his litigation work, Gandrup assists clients in concluding various types of maritime transactions, including the purchase and sale of vessels and charter parties. He has also advised clients concerning compliance with U.S. maritime trade laws, such as the Jones Act, and federal and state marine environmental law.
Gandrup has most recently presented on offshore wind farms and the admiralty issues which could be expected to arise in offshore wind development. He has recently published articles concerning U.S. discovery in aid of foreign proceedings under 28 U.S.C. section 1782, and the International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters.
Gandrup received Martindale Hubbell’s highest, AV pre-eminent rating in 1995, and was named by Best Lawyers in America in Admiralty and Maritime Law in 2016 and 2017. He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and New York.
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