All good things must come to an end. And, so it is with Burke & Parsons. B&P has had a good run since 1965, but at the end of this year, B&P shall close its doors. At that time, the firm will be older than just a handful of New York maritime law firms. Over the years, we have had a reputation for being a small firm capable of handling the big case. And during that time, we have handled some of the most important matters including, among many others: MANHATTAN voyage through the Northwest Passage, AQUARIUS collision, Pertamina litigation, TRANSHAWAII collision, CHERRY VALLEY salvage, SEALAND EXPRESS grounding, MOL COMFORT structural failure, MSC JOANNA collision, MSC CARLA structural failure, ENERGY INDEPENDENCE shipyard dispute, TRUMP PRINCESS financing, TIFOSO constructive total loss, JULIE N oil spill, DAUNTLESS COLOCOTRONIS fire, MICHAEL C. LEMOS grounding, CONTINENTAL FRIENDSHIP grounding, STUYVESANT structural issues, ALEX SPIRIT allision, various U.S. Department of Justice environmental crimes investigations, LIMITLESS shipyard dispute, STOLT LION cargo, PRESTIGE oil spill, EL FARO sinking and ACX CRYSTAL collision with USS FITZGERALD. Sadly, although Bill Dougherty and I will continue to practice law with Baker Hostetler, I will see the firm founded by my father cease to exist. However, I know that he would have been proud of how the firm maintained the high ethical standards he established at the time he founded the firm. I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank the lawyers and staff of B&P who maintained those standards. And many thanks to the clients and friends who supported us for over 50 years. All the best, Ray Burke, Jr.