Recent and Upcoming Events

Recent Events

“Maritime Law by the Bay” – San Francisco, California
The Admiralty Law Section and the American Bar Association TIPS Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee co-sponsored Maritime Law by the Bay on August 5, 2016. Held in the stately Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the seminar featured a host of experienced practitioners from around the country. The seminar is available for view online.

Otis Felder, Gavin Guillot, and Dave Boyajian presented an analysis and update of maritime personal injury law, including jurisdiction, longshoreman, and the implications of legalized marijuana. Raymond Waid then led a roundtable discussion about mediating personal injury claims featuring a variety of viewpoints: Jerry Spolter, a mediator from JAMS (; Barbara Bodager for a client viewpoint.; Charles Bourque for a plaintiff perspective; and Courtney Crawford for a defendant perspective. Attendees were treated with lunch, graciously provided by JAMS. The next panel, which was led by LT Lindsay Sakal, featured a discussion of Subchapter M and other maritime regulatory issues from experts, Art Mead, Commander Jacqueline Twomey, Bart Eckhardt, and Eric Lee. Eric Swett, Peter Finch, and Todd Lyon gave a timely analysis of maritime labor law, with an emphasis on West Coast ports and operations. Charles Naylor, Jolene Rice, and Melanie Ronen updated the audience on pressing maritime employment issues, including sexual harassment and Jones Act issues. The seminar concluded with a lively role playing exercise, led by Michael W. McLeod and assisted by Ford Fegert and Philip Parrish, which examined evidentiary issues in maritime litigation and mediation.

Attendees then enjoyed a networking reception graciously sponsored by Robson Forensic ( Special thanks to the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Robson Forensic, and JAMS.

“Best Practices in Maritime Investigations” – New Orleans, Louisiana
The Admiralty Law Section of the Federal Bar Association and the American Bar Association TIPS Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee co-sponsored Best Practices in Maritime Investigations on December 1, 2016. Moderated by Laura Beck Knoll, the roundtable discussion featured a host of distinguished speakers who gave different viewpoints on investigation procedures and civil and criminal proceedings. Sean Pribyl of Blank Rome LLP led the discussion with how to prepare clients for potential investigations and safeguards to put into place. Commander Brian McNamara followed with an overview of Coast Guard legal authority and best practices for interacting with Coast Guard personnel. Emily Greenfield, an Assistant U.S. Attorney, highlighted important evidentiary issues during environmental criminal proceedings. Dee Taylor of Liskow and Lewis explained best ways to lead a client through investigations and ultimately criminal proceedings. Finally, Lieutenant Commander Damian Yemma discussed Coast Guard investigatory procedures. The discussion was interactive and informative, and participants were engaged with all of the speakers. Special thanks to both the New Orleans Chapter and American Bar Association TIPS Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee for this highly practical and interesting seminar.

Upcoming Events

  • • January 27, 2017: Admiralty Section in collaboration with Charleston Bar Association in Charleston (Chaired by Scott Bluestein)
    • January 30-31: American Conference Institute’s 6th Annual Forum on Admiralty & Maritime Claims and Litigation – Miami, FL
    • March 20-22, 2017: Connecticut Maritime Association’s annual conference (
    • May 5, 2017: Maritime Law Association annual meeting and dinner in NYC Please contact Eric S. Daniel if you would like to share information in the next FBA Admiralty Law Section E-Newsletter about upcoming CLEs, presentations, or other events focusing on admiralty law.


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