American Bar Association
General Committees: Admiralty and Maritime Law

General Committees:
Admiralty and Maritime Law

Letter from the Chair, Raymond T. Waid

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.

Best regards,

Raymond T. Waid

Liskow & Lewis

New Orleans, LA

Past Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee Events

AMLC CLE: Best Practices in Maritime Investigations
New Orleans, Louisiana

This AMLC marine investigation presentation, co-sponsored with the Admiralty Law Section of the Federal Bar Association, brought together a number of experienced government and private practice lawyers to offer their unique perspectives. Topics included how to quickly identify the scope of potential investigations; marine casualties and environmental crimes from the USCG and DOJ perspectives, including the criminal referral system; negotiating security for environmental crimes; and best practices in dealing with USCG Party In Interest status. The sophisticated questions from the audience raised important issues regarding company interaction with whistleblowers; pre-criminal investigation mariner statements; and the impact of recent Fifth Circuit rulings.

Moderated by Laura Beck Knoll of Chaffe McCall LLP, panelists included: Dee Taylor, of Liskow & Lewis; Emily Greenfield, DOJ, Assistant U.S. Attorney, EDLA, Criminal Division; Sean Pribyl of Blank Rome LLP; LCDR Damian Yemma, USCG, Investigations National Center of Expertise CDR; and Brian McNamara, USCG, U.S. Coast Guard Eighth District Legal Office.

AMLC Event: “Underway” A Maritime Safety and Networking Luncheon
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

The AMLC, together with Lauderdale Mariner's Club, the University of Miami, Maritime Law Society, and S-E-A Limited, hosted the University of Miami and St. Thomas University Maritime Law Society students and professors for a "maritime safety" lunch and networking event. The panel was moderated by Robert Gardana who led speakers Captain Sam Stephenson, Joanna Noriega Pino and Efrain Carlos in a lively discussion on the use of consulting and litigation experts for various issues in a maritime case setting.

AMLC Event: James Johnson, winner of the AMLC’s 2016 Law Student Writing Competition attended a Day at Gard
New York City, New York

As part of his prize for winning the AMLC’s 2016 Law Student Writing Competition, James Johnson had the opportunity to spend a day with Gard, NA, at their New York office. Gard North America’s staff and leadership introduced him to P&I clubs, the history of P&I clubs, and the modern P&I world, covering everything from their work in claims management to loss prevention to crisis response. He learned in detail about the role P&I club correspondents play in responding to maritime incidents. Mr. Johnson presented his winning paper “The Barnacle Controversy: A Marine Insurance Dilemma and not the Title of a Sponge Bob Squarepants Episode” which examined the American courts’ different interpretations of the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899.

AMLC CLE: Maritime Law by the Bay
San Francisco, California

This AMLC program, presented in partnership with the Admiralty Law Section of the Federal Bar Association took place at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. The program addressed maritime personal injury law, mediation, labor and employment law, regulatory issues, and other topics important to maritime plaintiff and defense counsel, insurers, in-house counsel, and government lawyers.

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 led a roundtable discussion about mediating personal injury claims featuring a variety of perspectives: Jerry Spolter, provided the perspective as a JAMS mediator; Barbara Bodager of Matson Navigation provided the client’s viewpoint; Charles Bourque provided the plaintiff’s perspective; and Courtney Crawford provided the defendant’s perspective. Attendees were treated with lunch, graciously provided by JAMS. LT Lindsay Sakal led a discussion of Subchapter M and other maritime regulatory issues with Art Mead of Crowley Maritime, Commander Jacqueline Twomey of the U.S. Coast Guard Towing Vessel National Center of Expertise, Bart Eckhardt of Robson Forensic, and Eric Lee. Eric Swett of APL, 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 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.

Please click below to view the program which commences at 18:20.

AMLC CLE: Know The Ropes: Understanding Distinctions Among Foreign Registries When Flagging Your Vessel Stamford, Connecticut

This AMLC program, co-sponsored with the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) U.S.A.’s New England Chapter, explored the legal and practical distinctions between the United States and foreign registries and the particular legal issues a practitioner should consider before recommending a particular registry for a client’s vessel. The program was hosted in Stamford, Connecticut and coincided with the commencement of CMA Shipping 2016.

Speakers included: Stephanie Penninger, Carol Hand, and Bonnie Huen, and was moderated by Sarah Yantakosol Gayer

The CLE program can be viewed at:

AMLC Event: Admiralty Law Symposium
San Diego, California

Admiralty Law Symposium

The AMLC and the Admiralty Law Section of the Federal Bar Association co-sponsored this half day seminar in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California featuring a host of prominent maritime lawyers from across the country. Stan Loosmore moderated 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.

AMLC Event: Navigating a Career in Maritime Law
Coral Gables, Florida

Navigating a Career in Maritime Law

The AMLC held a presentation on careers in maritime law for the Maritime Law Societies of the University of Miami School of Law and St. Thomas School of Law.

Speakers included: the Honorable Scott J Silverman, Valentina Tejera, Michael Conroy, Robert Gardana, and was moderated by Frank Sioli


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