NEW YORK, June 3, 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Holland & Kn…

NEW YORK, June 3, 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Holland & Knight’s shipping practice has been ranked #1 in New York and the nation by Chambers USA – America’s Leading Business Lawyers. Building on over 150 years of maritime and shipping practice by combining with Haight, Gardner, Poor & Havens, Holland & Knight has become the largest and most geographically diverse maritime practice of any law firm in the United States.

The survey also named Holland & Knight shipping and maritime partners Nancy Hengen, Bill Honan, Chester Hooper, James Shirley, Brian Starer, Audrey Sung and Jovi Tenev as leading business lawyers in their individual practices.

“We appreciate this recognition by our clients and peers in a highly competitive market,” said Honan, Practice Group Leader of the firm’s maritime team. “We benefit from having a long list of leading maritime lawyers who work hard every day to react quickly to our clients’ needs.”

The recognition further establishes the stellar reputation of the shipping and maritime practice, which last year ranked #1 nationally in a report by Legal Media Group.

Holland & Knight’s maritime lawyers represent clients in such areas as casualty, arbitration, marine pollution, secured transactions, purchase and sale, financing, government regulations, tax and capital markets.

Chambers USA is designed to reflect market opinion through a year’s worth of surveys of clients and lawyers across the United States. It is one in a series of Chambers & Partners’ independent, objective and research-based guides to the legal profession.

About Holland & Knight LLP: Holland & Knight is a commercial law firm with more than 1,250 lawyers in 26 offices in the United States. Internationally, offices are located in Mexico City, Tokyo and Beijing, with representative offices in Helsinki, Caracas and Tel Aviv. Holland & Knight is among the 15 largest firms worldwide, providing representation in all major areas of law.

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