Bob Nicholas concentrates his practice in the admiralty, environmental and international trade law areas for energy industry clients, as well as companies engaged in the international trade. He has extensive experience in the drafting and preparation of virtually all types of marine-related agreements. In the administrative law area, he has prepared filings with the U.S. Maritime Administration and U.S. Coast Guard in connection with the use, documentation, charter or financing of vessels and maritime terminals. Mr. Nicholas has also prepared oil spill response contracts.
In the energy law area, his experience includes providing legal advice in connection with offshore drilling and offshore support vessels and seismic research vessels. Mr. Nicholas has also been involved in the sale and purchase of offshore drilling rigs and all types of offshore support vessels. In the area of environmental law, he provides legal advice on compliance with state and federal environmental laws affecting clients’ ocean and inland marine operations including the handling and disposition of hazardous waste under federal and state law. In the international trade area, he has been involved in a number of projects involving the importation of large floating offshore production facilities (SPARS) and components. Mr. Nicholas has experience in obtaining ruling requests from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) on a variety of issues including NAFTA, foreign shipyard repairs and Jones Act coastwise trade issues. He conducts compliance audits for marine clients and provides advice in connection with such audits.
Mr. Nicholas previously served as in-house counsel to SeaRiver Maritime, Inc.; general counsel for Exxon Shipping Company, a position he held at the time of the Exxon Valdez oil spill; and Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas.