Utsav Mathur

Norton Rose Fulbright US LLP

United States
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United States
T:+1 713 651 5374
Utsav Mathur

Utsav Mathur

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Utsav Mathur is a shipping, offshore energy and global disputes lawyer based in Norton Rose Fulbright's Houston office.

Utsav represents energy companies, charterers, owners, and operators on shipping disputes and regulatory matters ranging from charter-party disputes, Rule B and C proceedings, cargo claims, collisions, allisions, and other marine torts. Recently Utsav has been advising carriers, charterers, and shippers on the three major trends revolutionizing the marine transport sector – decarbonisation, digitization and automation.

In addition, Utsav advises clients on significant offshore energy projects. He has represented developers, contractors and vessel owners on US offshore wind projects, with particular emphasis on unique Jones Act, Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, and US general maritime law issues related to such projects. Moreover, he has assisted clients on a variety of other energy infrastructure projects including the construction of crude oil pipelines, deepwater ports, and LNG-fueled offshore power generation facilities. He has advised companies on litigation risks related to subsea pipeline construction, relocation and ruptures. Utsav has experience advocating for clients on matters involving the US Coast Guard, US Customs and Border Protection, and US Maritime Administration.

Utsav is also consulted by public companies and private investors on investments in the US Jones Act shipping market, and he advises clients with respect to US cabotage law concerns. 

Utsav's exposure to the maritime industry began early in life as he descends from a family of mariners and has himself spent time at sea.

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JD, The University of Texas School of Law, 2011
BA, Government and History, The University of Texas at Austin, 2007

While in law school, Utsav was admitted to the Order of Barristers, an honor reserved for the top student-advocates in each graduating class. Utsav was the champion of the 2010 Haynes & Boone Intermediate Trial Competition and the 2011 Voir Dire Competition. He was also selected as the "Top Advocate" at the Peter James Johnson National Civil Rights Trial Competition. Utsav was a staff editor for The Review of Litigation.

  • Texas State Bar
  • Represented vessel-owning claimants in a Limitation Act proceeding arising from a series of allisions and collisions involving five vessels and two marine terminals during Hurricane Harvey involving over US$100 million in total damages.
  • Represented marine services provider in connection with claims arising from vessel capsize off the Atlantic coast.
  • Advised terminal owner on liability risks related to marine dredging operations, including subsea pipeline rupture and pollution risks.
  • Advised consortium of pipeline companies on relocation of subsea pipelines in connection with waterway deepening and widening projects in Corpus Christi, Houston, and Beaumont.
  • Represented vessel classification society in connection with multiple USCG investigations into US Gulf Coast and Atlantic Coast investigations.
  • Represented marine services provider in connection with third party prosecution of MARPOL violations.
  • Represented voyage charterer in connection with VLCC allision and potential safe port/safe berth claims.
  • Advised cargo owner on general average and cargo loss claims arising from vessel collision near Ningbo, China.
  • Advised commodity traders on time and voyage charterer liability for hydrocarbon spill risks under US law.
  • Advised energy major regarding marine risks related to FSO operations in the Gulf of Mexico and attendant risks arising from vessel chartering and commodity trading activity via shuttle tankers.
  • Defended global chemical company against a series of vessel detention claims arising from a refinery shutdown and ensuing 43 day delay in vessel discharge operations.
  • Represented port lessee in a contract dispute against lessor; advised lessee on constructing port facilities in compliance with Rivers and Harbors Act and related regulations administered by United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).
  • Advised European manufacturer of power systems on applicability of US federal maritime law to LNG-fueled floating power plants; worked with Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and United States Coast Guard (USCG) to ensure compliance with federal law.
  • Assisted bunker supplier recover compensation for unpaid bunker invoices by arresting ocean-going vessels in multiple jurisdictions.
  • Represented the owner of a deep-water drilling vessel in a contract dispute against an oil company involving operational readiness and seaworthiness of the vessel.
  • Represented a major energy company in the acquisition of easements across central Texas for the construction of a crude oil common carrier pipeline.
  • Represented one of the largest pipeline owners in the United States in its dispute against its general contractor for cost overruns, poor workmanship and delay.
  • Advised European banks on enforcement remedies under the U.S. Ship Mortgage Act in a case arising from US government detention of a vessel.
  • Advised foreign lenders on structuring investments in US Jones Act market; worked with the United States Maritime Administration (MARAD) and United States Coast Guard on client inquiries related to such foreign investments.
  • Represented owners of crude oil tankers and offshore drilling rigs in multiple Jones Act personal injury cases.
  • Texas Rising Star, civil litigation, Thomson Reuters, 2017 – 2021
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Ones to Watch, Best Lawyers, 2021
  • Best Lawyers - Tax Banking and Finance Law, Best Lawyers, 2022
  • Best Lawyers - Banking and Finance Law, Best Lawyers, 2022 - 2023
  • Best Lawyers - Energy Law Best Lawyers, 2022 - 2023
  • Best Lawyers - Transportation Law, Best Lawyers, 2022 - 2023
  • Legal 500 US, Energy litigation: oil and gas, The Legal 500, 2022
  • Houston Top Lawyer, aviation, admiralty, maritime and transportation, Houstonia Magazine, 2018
  • Tops Attorneys - Texas' Outstanding Young Lawyers, American Registry, April 2018
  • Presenter, "What Keeps You Up At Night: US Cabotage Law Issues in Shipping and Trading Operations," NRF Shipping Training Series, May 2019
  • Co-Panelists, "Fit for Purpose: Ironing Out the Wrinkles in Project Logistics Contracting," 2019 Breakbulk & Project Cargo Conference, May 1, 2019
  • Presenter, "Offshore Wind: Navigating the Jones Act and US Cabotage Law," NRF Shipping Training Series, March 2018
  • Speaker, "The Impact of US Cabotage Law and OCSLA on Offshore Wind Projects," Operating Specialist Wind Vessels 2018 Conference, November 22-23, 2018
  • Co-Panelist, "Scanning the Horizon: Future Challenges in Shipping Arising from Unmanned Vessels and the Proliferation of Blockchain Technology," ABA Regional CLE, October 25, 2018
  • Speaker, "Recent Trends in Shipping Litigation:  From Headline-Grabbing Insolvencies to the Growing Threat of Cyber Attack," 16th Vessel & Fuel Management Conference, June 22, 2017
  • Speaker, "Issues in International Shipping," Houston Maritime Arbitrators Association, March 9, 2016
  • Speaker, "Blue Water Blues, Part II: Assessing and Mitigating Cargo Risk," Break Bulk North America, September 29, 2016
  • Houston Maritime Arbitrators Association, Chairman of the Board 
  • Samunder Club
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association, Energy Counsel Committee
  • American Bar Association, Admiralty Litigation Committee
  • Houston Bar Association, Oil Gas & Mineral Law Section
  • Business Executives for National Security, Energy Council
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Hindi