Wayne R. Rohde’s practice focuses on the representation of companies involved in the international ocean transportation industry. He regularly represents clients before the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) in connection with regulatory requirements (including OTI licensing), adjudicatory proceedings, and fact-finding investigations.
Wayne has extensive experience drafting and filing carrier discussion agreements, vessel sharing agreements, space charter agreements, various types of marine terminal operator agreements and other forms of cooperative working agreements. He has represented clients in connection with FMC service contract and negotiated rate agreement audits.
He has trial experience before administrative law judges at the FMC and has negotiated the settlement of civil penalty demands by the FMC. Wayne is also experienced in drafting and interpreting service contracts as well as advising clients on substantive and procedural issues relating to FMC tariff publication.
Wayne also represents clients in matters involving other government departments and agencies including the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection, the Office of Foreign Assets Control in the Department of the Treasury, and the U.S. Department of Transportation.
In addition to his regulatory practice, Wayne advises clients on a wide variety of commercial issues (including various types of contracts and leases), as well as pre-merger notification requirements under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976 and in connection with corporate financings and acquisitions and mergers.
Wayne graduated magna cum laude from Lake Forest College (Illinois) in 1984, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in politics and Spanish. He received a Master of Arts (in Spanish) from Middlebury College in 1985 and, in 1989 he was awarded a Master of Science (in Foreign Service) and his J.D. (cum laude) from Georgetown University.
- Defended a major ocean common carrier in complaint filed by a shipper at Federal Maritime Commission, including discovery and a multi-day trial before administrative law judge, who ruled in favor of our client on all counts.
- Prepared and presented compliance programs for a number of ocean common carriers, covering subjects such as antitrust and competition law, the U.S. Shipping Act, U.S. trade sanctions, and U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
- Represented a major ocean carrier in an informal enforcement inquiry by the Federal Maritime Commission.
- Prepared and filed number of major vessel-sharing arrangements among ocean common carriers.
- Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude, 1989
- Georgetown University, M.S., 1989
- Middlebury College, M.A., 1985
- Lake Forest College, B.A., magna cum laude, 1984
BAR ADMISSIONS : District of Columbia
COURT ADMISSIONS :
- U.S. District Court — District of Columbia
- Maritime Administrative Bar Association
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