Larry Kiern

Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP

Larry Kiern

lkiern@winston.com

Larry Kiern is a partner in Winston & Strawn's Washington, D.C. office who concentrates his practice in litigation, arbitration, maritime, environmental, legislative, and regulatory matters. Mr. Kiern's practice group has been consistently ranked at the top of the profession by Chambers USA.

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Washington's Year-End Legislative Scrum

By Larry Kiern 2016-01-08 18:21:32

Despite the apparent gridlock, at least one important maritime objective seems certain – increased funding for the U.S. Coast Guard It’s that time of year again. Headlines and media accounts of the current shenanigans in Washington feature threats of a federal government shutdown over a number of issues, including a proposal to defund Planned Parenthood and other headline-grabbers about the Confederate flag and the Iran nuclear deal. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) reassured voters that a budget...

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New Budget Deal on the Horizon

By Larry Kiern 2015-11-13 08:52:34

This summer’s headlines have been shouting at us about the Supreme Court’s decisions regarding Obamacare, gay marriage, the fate of the Confederate flag, and the international agreement limiting Iran’s nuclear program. Meanwhile, President Obama and Congress have been at work on matters affecting our nation’s economic future. The Trans-Pacific Partnership Proposal To their credit, President Obama and the Republican congressional leadership successfully navigated through obstacles thrown in their path by a determined organized labor movement and its congressional Democratic allies...

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Washington Grapples With Fast-Track Legislation

By Larry Kiern 2015-07-08 22:16:10

The President is fighting his own party on this one.  Having put aside for the time being the legacy issues left over from the previous Congress, the new Republican leadership has now moved on to what could be the defining legislation of the 115th Congress – whether to grant President Obama fast-track authority for a new trade deal with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The object of fast-track legislation is to provide the President the authority to negotiate a free-trade agreement...

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Reality Sets In for the GOP Congress

By Larry Kiern 2015-06-01 14:25:29

The first three months of the 115th Congress left the new Republican majority with little to show for itself but battle scars. After trying and failing to defeat President Obama on two major measures, the GOP has been forced to confront the limits of its new power and was left licking its wounds in preparation for the new battles to come. The Keystone XL and Immigration Defeats Despite weeks of debating and then repassing the Keystone XL pipeline authorization bill...

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Republicans Challenged to Govern

By Larry Kiern 2015-03-13 14:01:27

***From Jan-Feb 2015 Edition of The Maritime Executive magazine*** What do the GOP victories in...

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GOP Surges in Midterm Elections

By Larry Kiern 2015-02-19 16:13:14

***From The Maritime Executive magazine, Nov-Dec 2014*** The 2014 midterm elections lifted congressional Republicans to new heights as they recaptured control of the U.S. Senate and expanded their majority in the House of Representatives to a level not witnessed since Herbert Hoover’s presidency. Pundits who predicted a “wave” election proved prescient as Republican candidates won most of the races that the polls...

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Shifting Priorities

By Larry Kiern 2014-11-26 11:54:00

In the last two months the dynamic of this year’s midterm congressional elections shifted away from primarily domestic themes toward national and homeland security priorities. For several weeks in late summer the nation’s major media headlined three security threats: The threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (“ISIS”) provided the most powerful impact on American public opinion.   Before that, the crisis posed by migrant children crossing the border...

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Midterm Elections Dominate Washington's Agenda

By Larry Kiern 2014-10-14 14:35:00

As the summer sun boils the nation’s capital, its political leaders remain sharply focused on the approaching midterm elections. In this heated environment, each policy proposal, whether executive or legislative, is judged primarily for its immediate electoral impact.  Tempers Flare During the Long Hot Summer At a press conference on July 10, Speaker of the House John Boehner erupted and denounced President Obama for mishandling the recent surge of undocumented immigrant children crossing...

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Maritime Industry Lobbies for Environmental Reform

By Larry Kiern 2014-08-12 16:35:00

On March 4, 2014, representatives of the maritime industry appeared before the House Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation and called for legislative reform of key environmental regulations. They represented a phalanx of maritime interests: the Chamber of Shipping of America, the American Waterways Operators, the Shipping Industry Coalition, INTERTANKO, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the Maritime Industrial Transportation Alliance (MITA), and the commercial fishing industry.   The witnesses objected to the burdens...

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SINOPACIFIC Signs Contract with Mexican Shipping Company

By Larry Kiern 2014-08-06 11:33:00

Sinopacific Shipbuilding Group (SINOPACIFIC), has recently signed a contract with a Mexican shipping company, Naviera Petrolera Integral S.A. de C.V. for the construction of 3 (three) SPP17A vessels. All vessels will be built in SINOPACIFIC’s Zhejiang Shipyard and are expected to be delivered before the end of 2015. Following that, the new vessels will be used by PEMEX, Mexico’s largest governmental owned oil company, in their oil and gas development projects in the Gulf of Mexico. This is the first time that...

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