US law firm Blank Rome has recruited a shipping partner for its new office in Boston.

Luke Reid has joined the maritime group from K&L Gates.

The former US Coast Guard officer advises clients on all aspects of international and domestic maritime regulatory compliance.

He also advises on government investigations and criminal and civil litigation.

Blank Rome established the Boston office on 1 May with the addition of a 25-strong team of lawyers in corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, tax and other practices.

While on active duty with the Coast Guard, Reid served as a military prosecutor, defence counsel and special assistant US attorney, investigating and litigating a wide variety of criminal matters.

He participated in complex civil and criminal investigations of individuals and corporations for environmental crimes, seafarer manslaughter, fraud and obstruction of justice.

Since entering private practice in 2012, he has represented clients in some of the most significant marine casualties to have occurred under US jurisdiction, Blank Rome said.

“Blank Rome is an iconic brand in the international and domestic maritime sector,” said Reid.

“The firm’s maritime group has deep Coast Guard roots spanning more than four decades, and its first-class global reputation was built and sustained by many of the terrific professionals who make up the group today.

The other side of the table

“I know the firm and many of its attorneys quite well, in some cases having worked in collaboration with them on behalf of maritime clients, and in some cases on the other side of the table.”

Josef Volman, partner and Boston office co-chair, added: “Our goal for the Boston office is to grow in ways that align with the needs of our clients and support the firm’s strategy.

“To that end, we are thrilled to welcome Luke, a top maritime attorney, to our Boston team. Luke’s addition not only brings exceptional experience to our maritime group, but also greatly enhances the range of services we offer locally.”