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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 charterparty disputes, Rule B and C proceedings, collisions, allisions, and other marine torts, cargo claims, and marine technology issues (cybersecurity, blockchain, and vessel automation). He also represents clients with respect to Jones Act/cabotage law concerns, bunker contamination issues, and IMO 2020 matters.
Utsav is also consulted by public companies and private investors on investments in the US Jones Act shipping market.
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. Utsav has experience advocating for clients on matters involving the US Coast Guard, US Customs and Border Protection, and US Maritime Administration.
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.
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
Energy and shipping disputes
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 officials from 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
Analyzed over a hundred easements to ascertain whether governmental authority could replace crude oil pipeline with water relocation pipeline in an easement route acquired from an energy company
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 bank 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 Jones Act cabotage law, vessel documentation, coastwise trade regulations, and vessel owner citizenship issues; worked with the United States Maritime Administration (MARAD) on client inquiries related to foreign investments in the Jones Act shipping market
Represented owners of crude oil tankers and offshore drilling rigs in multiple Jones Act personal injury cases
Advised financial institution on contractual and state law notification obligations following ATM data skimming incident; prepared notification letters to affected individuals and regulators
Advised data backup service provider on contractual and state law notification obligations in the immediate aftermath of breach resulting from theft of laptop; prepared notification letters to affected individuals and regulators
Represented a financial institution and a software company in the immediate aftermath of a data breach; advised on breach notification and remediation obligations under applicable laws
Successfully tried over a dozen cases to a jury verdict as a prosecutor for the City of Houston as part of Norton Rose Fulbright's Attorney Loan Program
Successfully tried a week-long divorce trial through the Houston Volunteer Lawyer program
- Texas Rising Star, civil litigation, Thomson Reuters, 2017 - 2018
- Houston Top Lawyer, aviation, admiralty, maritime and transportation, Houstonia Magazine, 2018
- Tops Attorneys - Texas' Outstanding Young Lawyers, American Registry, April 2018
- Co-author, "Rotterdam rules - Ratification status in the US and effectiveness of choosing to apply them voluntarily, Norton Rose Fulbright Legal Update, July 2016
- Co-author, "SCOTUS mulls 'no-injury' privacy class actions," Intellectual Property Magazine, June 2015
- Co-author, "Sharing Cyber Threat Information: A Legal Perspective," Information Systems Security Association ISSA Journal, January 2015
- Co-author, "DOJ Puts Cybersecurity Info-Sharing Policy Into Practice," Law360, October 20, 2014
- Co-Author, "Antitrust And Cybersecurity — Still A Long Way To Go," Law360, September 30, 2014
- Co-Author, "Congress on Cybersecurity: Recent Bill Limits Liability," Norton Rose Fulbright Legal Update, August 2014
- Co-Author, "Corporate Directors' Role in Combating Cyber-Threats," Norton Rose Fulbright Legal Update, July 2014
- Speaker, Operating Specialist Wind Vessels 2018 Conference, November 22-23, 2018, The Impact of US Cabotage Law and OCSLA on Offshore Wind Projects
- Co-Panelist, ABA Regional CLE, October 25, 2018, •Scanning the Horizon: Future Challenges in Shipping Arising from Unmanned Vessels and the Proliferation of Blockchain Technology
- 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