About the Contributors

About the Contributors

S. Scott Bluestein is a shareholder in the Bluestein Law Firm, P.A. of Charleston, South Carolina. He has practiced admiralty and maritime law across the U.S. for over twenty-four years. He routinely handles cases and legal matters involving maritime personal injuries, recreational boating accidents, Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, Defense Base Act claims, cargo damage, vessel arrests, vessel collisions, vessel allisions, marine insurance disputes, vessel repair disputes, preferred ship mortgage foreclosures, salvage, charter party disputes and other maritime and transportation issues.

Mr. Bluestein has a LL.M. in Admiralty from Tulane University School of Law. He earned his J.D. from the University of South Carolina School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Florida. He is licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court, United States Courts of Appeal for the 4th and 5th Circuits, the United States District Courts for the District of South Carolina, Eastern District of Louisiana, Middle District of Louisiana, and Western District of Louisiana, and the State Courts of the States of South Carolina and Louisiana.

George M. Chalos is the principal and founding member of CHALOS & CO, P.C. Mr. Chalos received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Vermont and his Juris Doctor degree from St. John’s University School of Law. Mr. Chalos has been engaged in the practice of maritime, admiralty and insurance law for nearly twenty years, and is experienced in all facets of civil and criminal maritime matters, casualty and pollution response, Marpol, Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (“OPA ‘90”), Clean Water Act (“CWA”), and insurance coverage, defense, and handling of primary, excess, and reinsurance claims. Mr. Chalos is licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States; all trial and appellate courts sitting within the states of New York, Texas, Utah, as well as the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern & Northern Districts of New York; the District of Connecticut, the Southern and Eastern District of Texas, the District of Utah, the Central District of Illinois, the Northern District of Florida, the District of Columbia and the Second, Fourth, Fifth, Ninth, and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals.

Eric S. Daniel, is a Partner with Thompson Hine LLP in Cleveland, Ohio. Eric graduated from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 2004. He is a member of Thompson Hine’s Admiralty and Maritime Practice Group and represents shipowners in a wide array of maritime issues. He is admitted to practice in Ohio State and Federal Courts, as well as the Eastern District of Michigan. In addition to serving on the board of directors for the Federal Bar Association’s Admiralty Law Section, Eric is a member of the board of directors for the Federal Bar Association’s Northern District of Ohio chapter. Locally, he is a board member for the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra.

Michael McLeod, is AV (Preeminent) rated by Martindale Hubbell and is a partner of Rumrell, McLeod & Brock, PLLC, who practices in the areas of admiralty and maritime, personal injury, insurance, commercial litigation, product liability, warranty liability, construction defects, premises liability, creditor’s rights, debtor and creditor workouts, lender liability and professional liability. Mr. McLeod also counsels his clients regarding their transactional needs and routinely handles claims and acts as an arbitrator throughout the United States appearing pro hac vice in states other than Florida, California and New York where he is admitted to the bar.

Patrick B. Reagin is an Associate in the New Orleans office of Liskow & Lewis, where he practices in the firm’s Maritime, Oilfield, and Insurance and Aviation, Toxic Tort, and Environmental Litigation Groups. His practice focuses primarily on federal litigation of maritime casualty, toxic exposure, and environmental contamination matters. Liskow and Lewis was selected as U.S. News and World Report’s Best Law Firm for Oil & Gas law in the United States in 2016. Prior to joining Liskow, Patrick clerked for Senior U.S. District Judge Ivan L.R. Lemelle of the Eastern District of Louisiana. Patrick currently serves on the Maritime and Energy committees of the New Orleans chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Arthur A. Severance has worked as a maritime attorney for the past ten years, handling matters ranging from recreational boating and marine insurance to cargo, fishing, and seafarer injuries. He is Corporate Counsel at Coastal Villages Region Fund, a 501(c)(4) entity that harvests and processes fish from the Bering Sea, primarily pollock, cod, and crab. Coastal Villages is the only Western Alaska Community Development Quota entity under the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation Act, 16 U.S.C. § 1855(i), that owns and operates its own fleet of fishing vessels. The income from that fleet fosters economic development in twenty rural Alaskan communities. www.coastalvillages.org.

Art is certified as a specialist in the field of admiralty and maritime law by the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization and currently serves as the chair of its Admiralty and Maritime Law Advisory Committee. He received his J.D., cum laude, from California Western School of Law, in 2006 and an LL.M. in admiralty and maritime law, with distinction, from Tulane University Law School in 2007. He is a proctor member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States. His previous articles are The Duty to Render Assistance in the Satellite Age, 36 Cal. W. Int'l L.J. 377 (2006), and Most Courts are Getting it Wrong: There is No Well-Established Federal Maritime Rule Against the Doctrine of Assumption of Risk in Recreational Boating Cases, 25 U.S.F. Mar. L.J. 195 (2012).

Douglas W. Truxillo, is a partner with the Onebane Law Firm in Lafayette, Louisiana practicing in the Admiralty Section since 1977. Doug graduated Order of the Coif from Louisiana State University Law School in 1976 and is admitted to the Louisiana and Texas Bars, the Federal Courts of each, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Doug was the President of FBA Lafayette-Acadiana Chapter for 2004-2005 and 2010-2011 terms and serve as FBA Vice President for the Fifth Circuit in 2012-13.

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