American Bar Association
General Committees: Admiralty and Maritime Law

General Committees:
Admiralty and Maritime Law

Letter from the Chair, Jessica Link Martyn

Welcome to the Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee!

We invite you to join us, get involved, and tell us how we can help enhance your practice. The AMLC provides many opportunities for its members to publish, present, sponsor and attend regional events, and develop lasting professional relationships within and beyond your practice area.

Join our committee for access to these opportunities, join our LinkedIn page to see our current projects and engage in online discussions, and contact me at if a particular project or opportunity piques your interest.

We look forward to meeting you and would love to help you get involved.

Kind regards,


Past Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee Events

AMLC CLE: Casting Off: An Introduction to Maritime Trades
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
The AMLC partnered with the Fort Lauderdale Mariners’ Club to present a panel of maritime industry professionals discussing the various roles and interplay among maritime professionals in the context of maritime law for the benefit of the Maritime Law Societies of the University of Miami and St. Thomas University Schools of Law.

Speakers included: Bill Casey, Christopher Karentz, Bryan Emond, Michelle Otero Valdés, Laura Sherrod, and Larry Acheson

AMLC CLE: Unsettling Issues with Mass Tort Settlements
Chicago, Illinois

Using the Deepwater Horizon oil spill litigation and the ensuing dispute over the settlement payment formula as a case study, this program explored how and why settlement agreements do not always provide the final resolution that was anticipated. Panelists discussed strategies, legal concepts, and practical issues to be considered when negotiating or litigating large scale settlement agreements.

Speakers included: Michael Daly, Martin Davies, Douglas Albritton, Theodore Tsekerides, and Stephen J. Herman

AMLC Event: Lunch at the Chicago Yacht Club

AMLC Event: Chicago Architectural Boat Tour

AMLC CLE: Availability of Punitive Damages in Unseaworthiness Injury, Death, and Zone of Danger Cases

This seminar focused on the then pending Petition for Writ of Certiorari in the McBride v. Estis case. The panel was led by Professor Rod Sullivan, who co-authored the amicus brief of the Maritime Law Professors in support of the Petition of Writ of Certiorari and argued the 2009 case of Atlantic Sounding Co. v. Townsend, 557 U.S. 404 (2009), before the Supreme Court of the US, which decided that punitive damages were available to a seaman who was denied maintenance and cure, that is payments for living expenses while sick or injured and medical care.

AMLC CLE: Fundamentals of Vessel Arrest and Attachment
Houston, TX

Vessels are often seized on short notice, with narrow time windows, heightening the need to "get it right" on the first try. This free, one-hour CLE focused on the substantive, procedural, and government requirements for arrest or maritime attachment of a vessel. The CLE featured private attorneys, professional custodians, and an insurance claims professional who provided an in-depth discussion of the topics, as well as practice advice and lessons learned.

Speakers included: Richard Branca, Raymond Waid, Alan Swimmer, and Rebecca Hamra
AMLC Event: Tour of the Port of Houston

AMLC CLE: Vessel Arrest Maritime Symposium
Coral Gables, FL

The AMLC partnered with the Florida Bar Admiralty Committee to present this seminar which focused on the substantive, procedural, and government requirements for arrest of a vessel. The program featured private attorneys, professional custodians, and government agents (USMS) who provided an in-depth discussion of the topics, as well as practical advice and lessons learned.

Topics covered included:

  • Common Pitfalls of Yacht Arrests from the U.S. Marshall Service Perspective

  • The Role of the Substitute Custodian in the Arrest and Custody of the Vessel

  • Ethics of Yacht Arrests

  • Update on Supplemental Rules B, C and E of Admiralty and Maritime Claims

  • Update of Lozman Jurisdictional Issues

  • Legislative Statutory and Regulatory Updates

Speakers included: Robert L. Gardana, Lindsey Brock, Glen Wilner, Robert Toney, Michelle Otero Valdes, Michael McLeod, and Captain Alan S. Richard

AMLC CLE: Presentation of Selected Works from the Tulane Maritime Law Journal
New Orleans, LA

Speakers included:

  • Allison Fish, The Potential Application of 18 USC 1115 to Offshore Drilling Disasters: A Requiem for the Seaman's Manslaughter Act

  • Albert Farr, Federal Income Taxes and Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Marine Transportation: A Critique of the U.S. Owned, U.S. Flagged, Vessel's International Shipping Regime

  • David Friedman, A Court for Icarus: Defining Maritime Tort Jurisdiction in Aircraft Crash Cases

  • Bryan Kitz, Widening Gyre: The Seaman's Uncertain and Expanding Right to Unearned Wages

  • Katherine Wiarda, The Problem's in the Proof: How Public Companies Can Prove Compliance with the Jones Act Vessel Citizenship Requirements for Eligibility in the U.S. Coastwise Trade

AMLC CLE: Admiralty Practice in the 21st Century: Navigating Which Circuit Splits Will Lead to a Supreme Court Review
Boston, Massachusetts

The presenters explored splits concerning the application of the Safe Port Doctrine and the Fire Defenses of the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act and the Fire Statute, as well as the removability of maritime cases. Attendees received the articles prepared by the speakers in conjunction with the writing competition for young lawyers sponsored by the ABA TIPS AMLC.

Speakers included:

  • J. Ben Segarra, Pirate Hunting in the Circuit Seas: Defending the Main Fleet against Judicial Buccaneers

  • Donald A. Mau, The Most Significant Appellate Circuit Splits in Admiralty and Maritime Law


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