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Melanie Fridgant



5151 San Felipe
Suite 400
Houston Texas 77056
United States of America

Office Telephone: +1 (713) 917 0888
Office Fax: +1 (713) 953 9470

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Melanie is an Associate in the Shipping group. Her practice focuses on maritime and offshore energy matters, transactional matters, and commercial litigation.

Melanie is a member of the Order of the Barrister's an honorary award recognizing excellence in oral and written advocacy.

Having lived in France, the United Kingdom and Qatar, Melanie is bilingual English-French and speaks Romanian fluently.

Recent work includes:

  • Representing ship owners in proceedings before U.S. Custom and Border Protection in the area of vessel repair duties
  • Advising vessel owners on the application of coastwise laws and cabotage issues surrounding U.S. Flag requirements for foreign built cranes and barges
  • Advising foreign and US companies on international trade matters, including potential violations of OFAC, EAR and U.S. sanctions laws

She is admitted to practice in all Texas state courts and before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. 

We are working with clients across our international network to help them minimise the impact of COVID-19 on their business and to prepare for what's next. To find out more, visit our dedicated Covid-19 hub.


The Houston office, which opened on 3 January 2017, established the firm's first office in the USA when HFW merged with leading Texas-based energy and marine firm Legge, Farrow, Kimmitt, McGrath & Brown LLP, a firm with whom we have been successfully collaborating for several years.

This is a significant strategic development for the firm, underlining the fact that Houston is an important geographical market for HFW and its clients, being a key touchpoint for several of the firm's chosen sectors, including energy, marine and insurance in particular.

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