A list of this year's presenters in alphabetical order.

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Noreen D. Arralde

Noreen D. Arralde received her Juris Doctor magna cum laude from St. John’s University School of Law in 1999.  Prior to joining Skuld North America, Noreen was a partner in New York maritime defense firm, Kenny, Stearns & Zonghetti, where she specialized in Jones Act claims and tried many cases to verdict and argued appeals before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and New York State Appellate Division.  Noreen also was formerly the P&I Claims Manager for Sea-Land Service, Inc. and was Vice President and Co-Leader of the U.S. Bodily Injury Team at another the UK P&I Club where she specialized in crew and passenger claims.  Noreen is a Proctor Member of the Maritime Law Association and has presented the legal update at the Cruise Line Industry Association Executive Partners Summit.


Kendra L. Basner

Kendra Basner is a partner at O'Rielly & Roche LLP.  She is a Certified Specialist in Legal Malpractice Law by California Board of Legal Specialization. Her practice solely focuses on all aspects of lawyer and law firm responsibility and liability, including counseling and advising attorneys, law firms, in-house corporate counsel and other legal services in connection with legal ethics and risk management issues, as well as the defense of lawyers in civil litigation and disciplinary actions.

Ms. Basner is a thought leader in legal ethics and law firm risk management both in California and nationally.  She frequently presents on topics related to legal ethics, legal services, legal malpractice and law firm compliance; contributes to legal industry publications and resources; and holds membership and leadership roles in some of the legal industry’s most important professional groups addressing the pressing issues that face law firms and legal services today, including the State Bar of California Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct (COPRAC), the Editorial Board of the ABA/BNA Lawyers’ Manual on Professional Conduct, and the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL), where she serves on the Future of Lawyering committee and the Referral Fee/Services subcommittee.  She is the current Chair of the Legal Ethics Committee of the Bar Association of San Francisco and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Ms. Basner is a member of the following:

The State Bar of California Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct (COPRAC)

- Member, 2017–2020


Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF)

-  Legal Ethics Committee, Chair, 2018 & 2019; Vice Chair, 2016 & 2017


ABA/BNA Lawyers' Manual on Professional Conduct

- Editorial Board Member


Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL)

- Future of Lawyering Committee, Member

- Referral Fee & Non-Lawyer Fee Sharing Rule Drafting Subcommittee


American Bar Foundation

- Fellow


Association of Discipline Defense Counsel (ADDC)


California Lawyers Association (CLA)American Bar Association (ABA)


Professional Liability Underwriters Society (PLUS)


National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL)


Defense Research Institute (DRI): The Voice of the Defense Bar


Honor and awards:

Named to "Who's Who" by Top Attorneys of North America (2018-2019)

Top Women Lawyers of Northern California by San Francisco Magazine (2018)

Named "Rising Star" of Northern California by San Francisco Magazine (2015–2018)

Selected to the "Northern California Super Lawyers/Rising Stars List" by Super Lawyers Magazine (2015–2018)

Ms. Basner is featured by Susie Schnall in "The Balance Project." A series of relevant and refreshingly candid interviews with inspiring and accomplished women talking about balance.


J.D., Delaware Law School (Widener University), DE 2003


B.A., Psychology and History, Duke University, NC 1999

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David Boyajian

Dave Boyajian is shareholder in the Portland, Oregon office of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, PC.  He is  a licensed captain who speaks the same language as his maritime clients. He brings an in-depth understanding of the industry to bear on both maritime transactions and litigation. ‎Dave’s marine experience helps him know where to look for creative solutions to uniquely salty problems. Dave assists vessel owners, operators and insurers, naval architects, and shipyards and shipbuilders with the specialty ‎contracts that keep their businesses working. When things get sideways, he handles all aspects of claims investigation, management and resolution. Dave’s litigation and ‎arbitration practice involves maritime personal injury matters (Jones Act, Longshore and Harbor ‎Workers' Act, and maintenance and cure), collision and allision cases, cargo claims, vessel arrest ‎and attachment, various other marine insurance and commercial disputes in state and federal courts, and representation of mariners in USCG suspension and revocation proceedings.

Dave is a U.S. Coast Guard licensed Master of Sail, Power, and Assistance Tow vessels. Before attending law school, he captained vessels up and down the Eastern Seaboard and throughout the Caribbean. He holds a certificate of specialization in maritime law from the ‎Tulane Admiralty Law Center.‎

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Gordon J. Calhoun

Gordon J. Calhoun is a partner in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith. Mr. Calhoun represents individuals, partnerships, corporations and other business entities in litigation and counsels them about a broad variety of business, regulatory and risk and information management protocols, including data breach responses, and compliance practices.

Mr. Calhoun also specializes in representing clients in a variety of complex, large exposure litigated matters, involving large volumes of paper and ESI. These matters have included disputes involving fiduciary breach allegations against officers, directors, pension trustees and their advisors, bad faith claims against insurers and allied professions, errors and omissions claims against professionals, including attorneys, accountants, architects and engineers, brokers and claims professionals. He has also handled large litigated matters, with voluminous paper and electronic records, involving heavy metals and petroleum environmental contamination and large fires and explosions.

Mr. Calhoun works regularly with a team of Lewis Brisbois attorneys and a variety of forensic consultants and certified records managers to assist clients to develop information management systems and to secure sensitive data. One side benefit of this effort to maximize access to an enterprise’s intellectual property contained in its electronically stored information (“ESI”) is to minimize the burden imposed on the client when it becomes a litigant subject to electronic discovery demands.

Mr. Calhoun serves as Chair of the Electronic Discovery, Information Management & Compliance Practice and manages the insurance regulatory and reinsurance division of the firm’s Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Practice Group. His practice, spanning more than 35 years, focuses on arbitrations, mediations and other alternative dispute resolution procedures as well as litigation and counseling.


Stanford University School of Law

Juris Doctor, 1978


The Johns Hopkins University

Bachelor of Arts, 1975

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Conte Cicala

Conte Cicala focuses his practice on litigating maritime, transportation, commercial and insurance disputes, and on providing corporate and business legal advice to transportation companies.

He has first-chair experience representing his clients at trial, arbitration and before government agencies and boards. He has also counseled companies during merger discussions, government investigations, major contract negotiations, labor disputes, expansion into new modes of carriage and at other key junctures.
Conte sat on the Board of Directors of an international shipping line for almost a decade.
He also served as a US Army Reserve officer for 15 years, much of which was spent with Transportation and JAG units.
For nearly a decade, Conte has been regularly recognized in legal and trade publications for his work in the transportation and maritime law fields.
•    California
•    US District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California
•    US District Court for the District of Hawaii
•    US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
•    J.D., Tulane University Law School, 1994. Senior Articles Editor of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal and recipient of A.B.A. Award for Excellence in Local Government Law.
•    B.A., English, Yale University, 1990
•    Maritime Law Association, Board of Directors and Proctor Member
•    Pacific Admiralty Seminar, Board of Directors and Past Seminar Chair
•    Transportation Lawyers Association
•    Kentfield Schools Foundation, Past Member, Board of Directors (2013-2016)



Edward Flood

Edward P. Flood is a partner with Lyons & Flood, LLP, a New York-based maritime firm. He is a graduate of Boston College (BA, ’79), New England School of Law (J.D., ’82) and Tulane Law School (L.L.M. in Admiralty Law, ‘86).
Ed has practiced maritime law for over 30 years. He began his law career as a Judge Advocate in the United States Navy, representing the United States in courts-martial and administrative proceedings. He co-founded Lyons & Flood, LLP in 1996. The firm represents bluewater and brownwater vessel owners, P & I Clubs, and domestic underwriters in a variety of matters. Currently the firm is involved in the litigation surrounding the explosion and fire aboard the containership M/V MSC FLAMINIA.

Ed is admitted to practice in the Federal and State Courts of New York, and is a member of the American Bar Association, Maritime Law Association of the United States, and New York Bar Association.

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Keith W. Heard

Keith W. Heard is an attorney with the firm of Lennon, Murphy & Phillips LLC in New York City and Westport, CT. Mr. Heard graduated from Yale University in 1977 and from the Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1980. Mr. Heard represents a variety of shipping industry clients in litigated matters involving vessel casualties, cargo damage, maritime liens and General Average, and in arbitrations arising under charter parties and Service Contracts. He has also assisted clients by drafting and revising various types of maritime contracts. In addition, Mr. Heard has served as an arbitrator and mediator in various maritime and commercial matters. He is an Editor of American Maritime Cases, a past chairman of the Admiralty Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and, from 2004 to 2011, was the U.S. MLA’s delegate to the BIMCO Documentary Committee. Mr. Heard has delivered presentations at the Tulane Admiralty Institute, the Pacific Admiralty Seminar and other venues. 

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Bram Feinstein-Hillsman


 Mr. Hillsman is an attorney at McGuinn Hillsman & Palefsky, in San Francisco.  A graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz (B.A., 2001), and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law (J.D., 2005), Mr. Hillsman was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He joined McGuinn, Hillsman & Palefsky in 2005 and specializes in maritime personal injury law and Federal Workers’ Compensation, including claims under the Jones Act, the Longshore Act, and the Defense Base Act.  He is a member of the Maritime Law Association, the American Association for Justice, the California Association of Consumers, the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association, WILG, Alameda County Trial Lawyers Association, the United States Department of Labor’s West Coast Symposium Steering Committee and the Pacific Admiralty Seminar Steering Committee.

Mr. Hillsman is becoming a recognized authority on maritime tort law.  He has served as a CLE speaker for the San Francisco Bar Association, presented at the NWLAA Tri-Annual Conference in Portland Oregon, spoke at the United States Department of Labor’s West Coast Symposiums II, III, IV, V and VI in San Francisco, lectured at Loyola University’s 2016 Longshore Conference in New Orleans and was selected as a Northern California Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 and as a Super Lawyer in 2019.

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Otis Felder

Of Counsel – Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker, LLP).  Mr. Felder defends a variety of recreational marine cases throughout the West Coast.  He recently authored Chapter 15 of Damages Recoverable in Maritime Matters (2nd Ed. 2019) examining recreational boating remedies and has been invited to speak on a variety of maritime matters.  He is a graduate of the University of Michigan (A.B. 1989), the University of San Diego (M.A. 1991), and the University of San Francisco School of Law (J.D. 1994), where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the USF Maritime Law Journal and currently a member of its Board of Advisors.  Otis has been a Proctor Member of the MLA since 2000 and served as a PacAd Co-Chair in 2002. 

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Mike Jacob

Mike Jacob is Vice President & General Counsel of the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, an independent, not-for-profit maritime trade association with offices in Oakland, Long Beach and Seattle and represents owners and operators of US and foreign-flagged ocean-going vessels, marine terminal operators, ocean carriers, shipping lines, and steamship agents operating on the West Coast.
Mike joined PMSA in 2005.  As Vice President and General Counsel he manages legal, public, and regulatory affairs for the Association, regularly appears before state, local and federal governmental bodies in various administrative and legislative capacities, and represents PMSA in state and federal courts on behalf of its membership.
Prior to joining PMSA, he was a government affairs consultant with clients including the Bay Area Rapid Transit District and the Port of Oakland.  From 1996-2001, Mike worked for the California State Legislature, including as Chief Consultant to the Assembly Information Technology Committee, as a Legislative Director, and aide in the state Assembly and Senate.  
Mike was a member of the Alameda County Planning Commission from 2003-2015, serving three terms as Chair.  He is currently Chair of Satellite Affordable Housing Associates, a non-profit developer and operator of award-winning affordable housing throughout Northern California, where he has been on the Board since 2007.  Mike is a member of the California Maritime Academy Advisory Council.
Mike holds a JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and a BA in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.  He is a member of the California State Bar, United States Supreme Court Bar, and the Maritime Law Association of the United States.  Mike lives in Oakland with his wife and daughter.

Scott Kathey

Mr. Kathey is the Regulatory/Emergency Response Coordinator for NOAA, in the Monterey Bay Sanctuary.  He interprets and develops regulations and amendments; investigates Sanctuary regulatory violations, coastal incidents, and citizen complaints; and coordinates enforcement activities between Federal, State, and local law enforcement agencies to protect Sanctuary resources. He also serves as staff coordinator for emergency response  issues, such as vessel groundings and spills, and is a certified NOAA dive master, small boat operator, and aircrew member.

Mr. Kathey holds a Master of Marine Affairs in Coastal Management from the University of Washington and has worked for the National Marine Sanctuary Program since 1992. He worked for the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary and Proposed Northwest Straits National Marine Sanctuary Programs in Washington State prior to assuming his current position in Monterey. Mr. Kathey has gained additional experience in marine protection and management through work with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium, the City of Bainbridge Island Shoreline Planning Department, and the School of Marine Affairs, University of Washington.

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Captain Kjartan Hauge

Captain Kjartan Hauge is the current head of Business Development at Collins Aerospace Maritime Division. Prior to joining Collins Aerospace, Captain Hauge was with international maritime conglomerate, Wilhelmsen Group and was the founding partner of Naval & Maritime, providing consulting and project management relating to maritime technologies.  Before coming ashore, Capt. Hauge spent more than two decades at sea, including master of ocean going vessels. 

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James F. Kuhne Jr.

James F. Kuhne Jr. is a Partner in the Orange County and Los Angeles office of Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP. His practice focuses on delivering civil litigation, emergency casualty response and corporate advisory services to clients in the maritime and transportation industries. He has over a decade of success in all aspects of litigation and pre-litigation matters for industry-leading shipowners, tug and barge operators, marine terminal operators, vessel charterers and their underwriters, with particular emphasis on personal injury defense, emergency casualty response, pollution response, and business litigation.

Twice selected as a Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in transportation/maritime and civil litigation defense, Mr. Kuhne provides national and international leaders in the maritime industry with onboard and shoreside emergency and casualty claim response, including investigation and strategic management of personal injury incidents, fatalities, marine oil spills and cargo claims, as well as the defense of various personal injury, wrongful death and casualty-related claims brought under the Jones Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, OPA ’90, the Supplemental Rules for Admiralty, and the general maritime law.

Patrick Michael Leahy

Patrick Michael Leahy is Senior Claims Executive at Gard (North America) Inc.  He is also an attorney, formerly of Moseley Prichard Parrish Knight & Jones.  His work has included civil litigation, insurance defense, products liability defense, and insurance coverage issues. He has represented ship owners and their insurers in defending various liabilities including personal injury claims, pollution matters, collisions/allisions, stowaways, and cargo damage.  Mr. Leahy has also managed vessel catastrophes such as groundings, pollution matters, and collisions. He has evaluated and negotiated on the behalf of ship owners and ship charterers various types of liquid cargo claims, charter party disputes, and other legal issues by scrutinizing the governing contracts and legislation. He has also analyzed charter party clauses and advised on the legal and commercial impact of new and altered clauses, and interpreted, monitored, and applied various pollution liability schemes with an emphasis on OPA 90 in the Tanker/Liquid Cargo and Pollution Claims Department.

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Captain David W. McClo​y
Captain David McCloy has been a San Francisco Bar Pilot since 2008.  Founded in 1850, the San Francisco Bar Pilots are tasked with safely navigating nearly all commercial vessels calling on the Bay and tributaries including Stockton and Sacramento. 


In addition to pilotage duties he is on the Pilot Association’s Board of Directors as well as a member of the Navigation Technology Committee.  He is also involved in the development of Ultra Large Container Vessel (ULCV) piloting studies and guidelines for handling these ships in the Port of Oakland. 

Prior to being trained and commissioned as a SF Bar pilot Captain McCloy was a tug captain for Foss Maritime Company as well as other tug companies on The Bay for about 14 years.  He also sailed at sea as a deck officer on various tankers and freighters for 5 years after graduating from the California Maritime Academy.




California Maritime Academy, Bachelor of Science, Class of 1988

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Sara Moore

Sara Moore is a Partner in the San Francisco office of Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP and is a member of the Employment Practice Group. Ms. Moore represents clients ranging from healthcare facilities and private and public educational institutions to companies in the high-tech, hospitality, and agriculture industries. She defends employers in all phases of litigation including discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, retaliation and whistleblower claims, Title IX, breach of contract, and alleged wage and hour violations.  She handles single plaintiff and class action matters in state and federal courts, as well claims before state and federal administrative agencies.

In addition to litigation, Ms. Moore counsels corporations, non-profit organizations, restaurants, and educational institutions on a wide-range of employment matters including employee discipline, termination, and wage and hour compliance. 

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Markus Oberg 

Markus Oberg is a director at  LeGros Buchanan & Paul in Seattle, WA.  He has a broad practice including maritime tort and contract litigation, environmental law, and commercial real estate leases.  Markus services a range of clients, including ship owners, operators, and charterers, marine contractors, insurers and international protection and indemnity associations, banking institutions, and real estate interests. His litigation practice covers federal, state, and tribal courts, including appellate practice before the Washington State Supreme Court, and trial experience in federal and state courts. His maritime practice spans occupational disease (asbestos, mesothelioma, etc.), seaman’s injuries under the Jones Act, passenger injuries, cargo loss, contamination, and subrogation, and liens and vessel arrest actions; his practice also includes general commercial litigation, contract disputes, insurance defense and coverage advice, commercial transactions, real estate leases, and environmental claims under CERCLA, MTCA, and OPA 90, including property clean-up and remediation, and spill response.

Markus received his J.D., cum laude, from Seattle University School of Law in 2003, after a career in marine insurance. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of California, Irvine (1994). He is fluent in Swedish, and speaks German.

Markus is admitted to practice in Washington (2004), Alaska (2011), and Oregon (2011).
He is a member of Phi Delta Phi, the Marine Insurance Association of Seattle (MIAS), and serves as general counsel for the Washington State Maritime Cooperative.


William J. Pallas 

Mr. Pallas is a partner at the New York office of Freehill, Hogan & Mahar LLP.  He graduated from Georgetown University in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. He received his law degree from Tulane Law School in 1994, cum laude, with a Certificate of Maritime Law, where he served as Managing Editor of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal. Having previously worked with the firm as a summer associate, he joined the firm in 1994 as an associate and became a Partner in 2003. Mr. Pallas’ practice concentrates on intermodal cargo loss and damage cases. He also has extensive experience with marine casualties, civil and criminal environmental defense, charter party disputes, commercial litigation, personal injury matters and ship finance. Mr. Pallas has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the The Best Lawyers in America Guide in the field of maritime law from 2017 through 2020 and has been highlighted in The Legal 500 – USA for 2017 and 2018.


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John S. “Jack” Pierce

Jack Pierce is a capital partner in the San Francisco office of Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP and a member of his firm’s Executive Committee. He is an AV-rated trial lawyer, admitted to practice in California and Washington, D.C., with more than 40 years of litigation and trial experience.  He is a former U.S. Naval Officer and had an established maritime law practice early in his career. He was admitted as a Proctor in Admiralty in the early 1980s.

In addition to his trial work, Jack is also a nationally recognized author and expert witness in the areas of legal fee disputes, fee and cost allocation, legal ethics, and issues related to legal and ethical responsibilities of lawyers that arise from the tripartite relationship between insurers, insureds and defense counsel. He has argued related issues before state Supreme Courts in numerous jurisdictions throughout the country. He is a co-author of the legal textbook Defending the Insured (2004-2013) published by Aspen Publishers and a subsequent publication, Insurance Practices and Coverage in Liability Defense (2013–2018) published by Walters Kluwer.

He has also served as an arbitrator, consultant and expert on ethical and legal fee issues in a wide range of litigation matters including intellectual property disputes, trademark cases, CTE cases, mass tort litigation, breast implant litigation, commercial disputes, environmental coverage disputes, recording royalty disputes and mass asbestos litigation.

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Andrew I. Port 

Andrew I. Port is a Partner in the San Francisco office of Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP and chairs the firm’s National Maritime Practice.  Mr. Port’s practice has focused on the maritime industry for over 30 years. He represents vessel owners, operators, charterers, and their underwriters in matters involving wrongful death and personal injury, collisions, cargo claims, hull damage, oil spills (investigation and cleanup), charter party and other commercial contract disputes, toxic torts and occupational disease litigation. He has substantial experience in all aspects of litigation in both federal and state courts. He represents more than 30 shipowners in their California asbestos, hearing loss and chemical exposure litigation. He also serves as National Maritime Counsel for a Fortune 500 Company. Mr. Port also represents fishing and excursion craft operators and their underwriters in casualty litigation and represents vessel interests in attachment and arrest proceedings.

Mr. Port has assisted consumer product manufacturers in design defect litigation, contract matters and product literature development and has represented contractors in construction defect litigation. His product liability clients have included manufacturers of motor vehicles, construction equipment, outdoor cooking appliances, luxury yachts, container cranes, herbicides, dental appliances and other products. Mr. Port has drafted industrial hygiene, abatement and training programs for clients in various fields. He has negotiated and drafted commercial agreements including purchase and sales agreements and berthing agreements. He has represented clients before administrative tribunals, including the U.S. Department of Labor and the California Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board.

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Anthony J. Pruzinsky

Anthony J. Pruzinsky is a senior partner in Hill Rivkins LLP, with law offices in New York, New Jersey, and Texas.  He is a 1975 graduate of Syracuse University and a 1978 graduate of Syracuse University College of Law.  Prior to joining Hill Rivkins in 1982, Mr. Pruzinsky spent four years in the stevedoring industry with International Terminal Operating Co. Inc. of New York.
Mr. Pruzinsky’s practice is concentrated largely in the marine transportation and insurance fields with an emphasis on cargo, charter party, multimodal transit and related matters.  His work extends as well to commercial and international trading issues.  Most of his practice is in connection with contested matters including litigation in numerous courts in the United States, as well as arbitration under the rules of the Society of Maritime Arbitrators of New York, The London Maritime Arbitrators Association, International Chamber of Commerce and the American Arbitration Association, occasionally serving as an arbitrator in New York.

Mr. Pruzinsky is admitted to practice in the Federal and State Courts of New York and New Jersey, as well as in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas and the United States Courts of Appeals for the First through Sixth, Eighth and Ninth Circuits.  He is a member of the American Bar Association, Maritime Law Association of the United States, New Jersey State Bar Association and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.  In addition, he is a Director and past Chairman of the Marine and Insurance Claims Association (MICA), and serves on the Editorial Board of Benedict’s Maritime Bulletin.

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David E. Russo

David E. Russo is a partner in the San Francisco office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Marine & Energy Practice.  Mr. Russo has had a 34-year career in private practice in San Francisco. He has tried over a dozen cases to verdict. These have included the defense of multi-million dollar cases and have involved cases in the state and federal courts throughout California. He has also tried numerous other disputes in bench trials and arbitrations.
Mr. Russo's practice focuses on civil litigation and appellate practice in the areas of Admiralty, Cargo Claims, Product Liability, maritime personal injury defense, and contracts and commercial law. His practice also includes defense of general liability cases involving death and catastrophic injuries.
Mr. Russo is a regular speaker at meetings of the Passenger Vessel Association, and at other maritime industry gatherings.

Mr. Russo is a member of the following:
-San Francisco Marine Claims Agents Association
-Transportation Lawyers Association
-Association of Marine Underwriters, San Francisco
-Proctor Member, Maritime Law Association of the United States

-Graduate of Hastings College of Law, University of California
-Juris Doctor, 1983
-Queens College, City University of New York
-Bachelor of Arts, Economics, 1980
-Phi Beta Kappa

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Pamela L. Schultz

Pamela Schultz is a partner at  Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in San Francisco.  She is a litigator with a broad range of experience in federal and state courts in jurisdictions across the nation. Her specific experience includes the litigation of admiralty and maritime matters, as well as product liability and general liability litigation. She also provides insurance coverage advice.

Ms. Schultz has wide-ranging experience in admiralty and maritime litigation. It includes cargo claims, personal injury defense, product liability, charter party disputes, marine insurance, ship arrests and attachments, collisions and maritime liens. Her representation of clients includes protection and indemnity clubs and their members, vessel owners, charterers and terminals. Ms. Schultz is actively involved in many professional and trade associations. Ms. Schultz recently served a three-year term on the Board of Directors of The Maritime Law Association of the United States.  She is licensed to practice in California, New York, Louisiana, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Hawaii.

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Joseph Stacey

Mr. Stacey is a founding member of Stacey & Jacobsen, PLLC, in Seattle, WA.. His practice concentrates on the representation of injured maritime workers. Mr. Stacey graduated from Seattle University Law School in 1982. Upon graduation, he clerked for William T. Beeks, Federal District Court Judge, handling only maritime cases. After clerking, Mr. Stacey joined LeGros Buchanan & Paul, a maritime defense firm. He joined the plaintiff’s side of the maritime personal injury bar in 1995 and has continued to represent plaintiffs in maritime matters for more than 30 years. 

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Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor is the Lead Marine Casualty Investigator with the U.S. Coast Guard in San Francisco, California. As a Marine Casualty Investigator, Mr. Taylor is responsible for conducting investigations into allisions, collisions, personal injuries, and other maritime incidents. Most of these casualties involve specialized vessel equipment and technology from which Coast Guard investigators obtain critical data as part of their inquiry into the cause of the incident.

Lt. Cdr. Tyler Stutin, USCG

Lt. Cdr. Stutin is with United States Coast Guard District 11, legal.

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Ryan C. Todd

Ryan Todd is a senior attorney with the Office of Spill Prevention & Response (OSPR), California Department of Fish & Wildlife.  Since 1994 he has provided counsel to OSPR’s gubernatorially appointed Administrator and staff responsible for implementing the program.  His work focuses on legislation, enforcement, spill preparedness, regulations, and is a legal advisor to the OSPR Incident Commander during a spill.  He represents California as a Coordinating Committee member on the Pacific States-British Columbia Oil Spill Task Force.


Mr. Todd completed the Department's P.O.S.T law enforcement academy for Wildlife Officers in 1997.  He obtained is Juris Doctor degree from McGeorge School of Law with an emphasis on environmental law and has a B.A. in Philosophy from UCLA. He recently became a Certified Emergency Response Team (CERT) team member for Sacramento specializing in emergency animal sheltering. He also has been the “guy in the bite suit” for K9 Officer training.

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Tahlia Townsend

Tahlia Townsend is a partner at Wiggin and Dana where she co-chairs the International Trade Compliance Practice Group.  Ms. Townsend is trusted by Fortune 50 multinationals, leading universities, international law firms, emerging companies, and small businesses to provide prompt, practical, effective guidance and thought leadership on trade sanctions administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Controls (OFAC) and on U.S. export controls under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and to develop tailored, risk-based programs for compliance with, obtain licenses for international activities regulated under, and conduct directed and voluntary investigations into potential violations of these trade control regulations.

Lauded by her clients for responsiveness, practicality, and a level of care and service that is "terrifyingly good," and valued for the additional skills she brings to bear from her training in physics, chemistry, computer science, and litigation, Tahlia has assisted clients in sectors such as aerospace, banking, defense, insurance, logistics, venture capital, legal services, electronics, optics, communications, and education with a wide variety of trade compliance issues, large and small.

A sample of those matters includes
•    Developed and drove implementation of a global program for OFAC compliance for a Fortune 200 company with operations all over the world.
•    Conducted hundreds of investigations into potential violations of U.S. trade sanctions and export controls and prepared scores of thorough and clearly written disclosures to the Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance (DTCC), the Office of Export Enforcement (OEE), and OFAC, almost all of which were resolved without penalties.
•    Advised on the use of OFAC general licenses or prepared applications for specific licenses to authorize a wide range of exports and re-exports, including of oil-industry-related engineering services, medical devices, food additives, contact lenses, legal services, and activities conducted by U.S.-owned foreign companies under General License H.
•    Advised on and developed procedures for complying with General License H, OFAC's "facilitation" prohibition as applied to U.S. ex-patriot board members; legal representation of Specially Designated Nationals (SDNs); reinsurance of projects involving Cuba Restricted List entities; and payment of fees by foreign students from, hiring of foreign academics from, and attending conferences or collaborating on research with universities and academics in embargoed regions.
•    Prepared self-classification memoranda, Commodity Jurisdiction (CJ) requests, and Commodity Classification Automated Tracking System (CCATS) requests for a wide range of products, including infrared lenses, laser-driven light sources, data cables, unmanned aerial vehicles, aircraft components, metal alloys used in aerospace applications, and fabric used in the manufacture of aerostats, and prepared applications for ITAR Technical Assistance Agreements (TAA), Manufacturing License Agreements (MLA), ITAR temporary and permanent export licenses, and BIS export licenses for a wide range of products and programs.

Tahlia is a popular speaker at public conferences and in-house events from Tel Aviv to London to San Francisco, teaches international trade compliance at the University of Connecticut School of Law, and is often asked to train U.S. and international business leaders and legal and compliance personnel on export and trade sanctions controls and compliance procedures.

In addition to her trade controls practice, Tahlia is an accomplished federal civil litigator who has been recognized for her accomplishments by Benchmark Litigation and Super Lawyers. Her litigation matters have included a successful defense of a former foreign president against claims that he violated international law; representation of a museum in a dispute over Incan artifacts claimed by a Latin American nation; successful pro bono representation of prisoners in civil rights matters involving religious liberty and freedom from involuntary medication; suits against government officials for authorizing torture and unconstitutional military detention without charge; successful defense of title to one of Van Gogh's most famous paintings against a claim that Russia unlawfully expropriated it; and defense of a foreign sovereign nation in a dispute over title to medieval artifacts.

Tahlia earned her J.D. from the Yale Law School and served as law clerk to Judge Robert N. Chatigny and Judge Mark R. Kravitz, both of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. Tahlia obtained a bachelor's degree in physics and chemistry, taught English at the Lauder Javne community school in Budapest, performed research in the Computer Science Department at Carnegie Mellon University, and studied French, German, and Hungarian.

    Yale Law School  (J.D.)

Bar Admissions
    District of Columbia
    Court Admissions
    US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
    US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    US District Court (District of Connecticut)


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Chris Tribolet

Chris Tribolet is a partner at Cox, Wootton, Lerner & Hansen LLP, working in the San Francisco office..  Prior to practicing with CWL, Chris served in the United States Coast Guard for over 20 years.  Notable legal assignments included serving as Special Assistant United States Attorney in San Francisco in litigation surrounding the COSCO BUSAN allision.  Later assignments included serving as the chief of the law section at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, in New London, Connecticut and the Legal Service Command in Alameda, California. He retired as a Coast Guard commander shortly before joining the maritime and litigation practice at CWL.

Areas of Practice
•    Litigation
•    Administrative Investigations
•    Marine Casualty and Pollution Response
•    Maritime, Construction & Environmental Law
•    J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law (2006)
•    B.S., United States Coast Guard Academy (1997)
Memberships & Admissions
•    Admitted to the Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and all California courts.
•    Proctor Member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States.

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Robert J. Williams

Bob is the principal owner of Logistics Counsel, a private law practice delivering commercial and transactional legal support to both shipper customers and third-party providers of services in the international logistics and transportation industry.

Bob has been a lawyer licensed to practice in California since 1985. He began his career in maritime litigation in San Francisco, followed by a corporate and transactional practice in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He was general counsel for General Steamship Agencies, a San Francisco-based vessel husbanding agent with related maritime operations primarily on the US west coast and Alaska.  He subsequently held several global and regional in-house counsel positions at various multinational third-party logistics providers, including Exel, DHL, and Toll Global Forwarding. His in-house responsibilities have included commercial contracts, regulatory compliance, dispute resolution and litigation management, law department management, and insurance. He has a strong background in customer contracts involving all international third-party logistics service offerings, including air and ocean freight forwarding, warehousing and order fulfillment, trucking, customs brokerage, and related value-added services.