Recent Events

Connecticut Maritime Association Annual Shipping Conference

The FBA Admiralty Section, once again, proudly participated as a supporting organization for the Connecticut Maritime Association’s (“CMA”) annual shipping conference – “Shipping 2017” - in Stamford, Connecticut during the period of March 20-22, 2017. This year's event attracted a crowd of almost 2,300 maritime professionals from around the world. A link to the photo gallery for CMA Shipping 2015 can be found at: http://www.preovolos.com/gallery-collection/CMA-2017/C00008qaL8bKAeCg.  The password is hilton2017.  Please credit photographer Chris Preovolos/CMA if you publish any photos.

CMA Shipping 2018 will be held March 12, 13 & 14, 2018 at the Hilton Stamford Hotel and will follow the Seatrade Cruise conference in Florida.

Best Practices in Maritime Investigations

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.













Maritime Law by the Bay 

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 here.

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 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.












Admiralty Law Symposium


The Admiralty Law Section and American Bar Association TIPS Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee co-sponsored The Admiralty Law Symposium on February 5, 2016. Held in the beautiful new United States District Court for the Southern District of California, the seminar featured a host of prominent maritime lawyers from across the country. Michael McLeod, Vice Chair of the Admiralty Law Section, introduced round table, audience participation for each topic.

Stan Loosmore, author of Arrested: The Complete Guide to Vessel Arrest, Custody, and Sale in Admiralty in Federal Court ,led a discussion on vessel arrest and attachment by panel members Christopher Hamilton, Sarah Yantakosol Gayer, and Benjamin Allums. Michael McLeod, Arthur Severance, and Sterling Stires gave a lively explanation, defense and criticism of the Limitation of Liability Act. Charles Naylor, Scott Bluestein, and Kelly Scalise updated the audience on maritime personal injury, with a focus on recent maintenance and cure issues and the ongoing saga of punitive damages.

Finally, Randolph Moore led a thoughtful analysis of a maritime product liability case with panel members Cory Birnberg and Sterling Stires. The seminar concluded with a networking reception sponsored by Robson Forensic, Inc.

Connecticut Maritime Association Annual Shipping Conference

The FBA Admiralty Section served as a supporting organization for the Connecticut Maritime Association’s (“CMA”) annual shipping conference – “Shipping 2015” - in Stamford, Connecticut during the period of March 23-25. This year's event attracted an enormous crowd with almost 2,400 attendees. The conference organizers are compiling a private web-link of all the presentations given at the conference, along with audio recordings. Details to be provided. A link to the photo gallery for CMA Shipping 2015 is 
here

Password: hilton (the password will need to be entered for every gallery). The photographer for any credit is: Chris Preovolos 

Maritime Law in the U.S. and Puerto Rico: From Theory to Practice

(l) to (r): Hon. José A. Fusté, Prof. Michael F. Sturley, Gustavo A. Gelpi, Sr., Hon. Gustavo A. Gelpi, Jr., Hon. Silvia L. Carreño-Coll, Howard G. McPherson.

On March 3, 2015, the Admiralty Law Section and the Puerto Rico Chapter held a joint event in San Juan, Puerto Rico focusing on the current practice of Maritime Law. Panelists included Howard McPherson, Cronin Fried Sekiya Kekina & Fairbanks; Michael Sturley, University of Texas at Austin School of Law; the Honorable Gustavo A. Gelpi, Jr.,  U.S. District Judge for the District of Puerto Rico; the Honorable Jose A. Fuste,  U.S. District Judge for the District of Puerto Rico; and the Honorable Silvia Carreño Coll, U.S. Magistrate Judge for the District of Puerto Rico.

Brownbag Luncheon with Maritime Experts

On October 14, 2014, the Admiralty Law Section held a free brownbag discussion seminar entitled "Maritime Experts: What They Do And How They Do It". The event was held at the U.S. District Courthouse. A panel consisting of Captain Donald Bunnell, Captain Patrick Durkin, Ward Graessle, and Robert Murphy was moderated by Douglas Moore, past president of the FBA's Hawaii Chapter.

Maritime Contracts: Jurisdiction, Rights, Remedies & Strategies



On May 9, 2014, the Admiralty Law Section and Federal Litigation Sections of the FBA hosted a seminar entitled Maritime Contracts: Jurisdiction, Rights, Remedies & Strategies. A panel made up of Professor Michael F. Sturley (University of Texas at Austin School of Law), Rupert P. Hansen (Partner, Cox, Wootton, Lerner, Griffin, Hansen & Poulos, LLP), and Charles S. Donovan (Partner, Sheppard Mullen, LLP) discussed the current status and future horizons of maritime contract jurisdiction, strategic considerations in litigating or resolving maritime contract disputes, and the range of rights and remedies with which maritime contracts are imbued.

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