We thank the below sponsors who have generously supported the 2019 Pacific Admiralty Seminar.







(Order of presentations and starting times may change – please check this page for the most updated information)


Thursday, October 10, 2019

7:30-8:20 – Registration

8:20-8:30 – Introductory Remarks and Welcome

John H. Cigavic III, Esq

Basic Legal Services: San Francisco, CA

SESSION ONE – Goods Movement: Current Trends in Cargo

Session Chair: Conte Cicala

Clyde & Co.: San Francisco, CA

8:30-9:45 – "Dangerous Cargo!" 

Panel Moderator: Keith Heard

Lennon, Murphy & Phillips: New York, NY


Anthony J. Pruzinsky

Hill Rivkins LLP: New York, NY

Edward P. Flood

Lyons Flood: New York, NY

9:45-10:45 – "Navigating Turbulent Waters of Economic Sanctions: Maritime-Specific Risks, Risk-Spotting Software, and Schadenfreude Diaries"

Tahlia Townsend
Wiggin and Dana LLP: New Haven, CT

11:00-12:30  "Maritime Cargo in the Context of the Broader Supply Chain; Bespoke Customer Contracts and the Application of Maritime Law"


Robert J. Williams

Logistics Counsel: San Francisco, CA

                          – “The Future of West Coast Ports: Regulatory and Economic Contexts”

Mike Jacob

Pacific Merchant Shipping Association: Oakland, CA

12:30-2:00 – Lunch


"Charting an Ethical Course in Perilous Waters" (1 hour of ethics credit available)

Jack Pierce

Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP: San Francisco, CA

Kendra Basner

O’Rielly & Roche, LLP: San Francisco, CA

SESSION TWO – Casualty Investigation and Response


Session Chairs:


Christopher A. Tribolet
Cox, Wootton, Lerner, Griffin & Hansen LLP: San Francisco, CA

Andrew I. Port

James F. Kuhne

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP San Francisco, CA

2:00-3:10 – "The Regulators Speak"

Ryan Todd
California Department of Fish and Game, Office of Spill Prevention and Response (OSPR)

Lieutenant Commander Anton DeStefano
United States Coast Guard
Scott Kathey
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


3:25-4:05 – "The Vessel Speaks"

Bill Pallas 

Freehill Hogan & Mahar, LLP: New York, NY

4:05-4:35 – "The Underwriter Speaks"


Patrick Michael Leahy, Managing Director of Gard North America.
GARD: New York, NY

4:35-5:15 – "Unified Command"

A Panel Discussion with all Casualty Investigation and Response Session Speakers

5:15-7:00 – Reception*  

*Alcohol provided subject to age verification of 21 years of age and older.


Friday, October 11, 2019


9:00-9:05 – Introductory Remarks

SESSION THREE – Personal Injury: SCOTUS Speaks, Fun Times and Oops!

Session Chair: Pamela Schultz

Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP: San Francisco, CA

9:05-10:15 – "How We Got Here and What’s Next? Competing Perspectives and Industry Implications Following Batterton v. Dutra Group"

Bram Feinstein-Hillsman

McGuinn Hillsman & Palefsky: San Francisco, CA

Markus Oberg

LeGros Buchanan & Paul: Seattle, WA

Not All Fun & Games: Navigating Limitation & Other Issues in Recreational Marine Cases

Otis Felder

Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edelman & Dicker LLP: Los Angeles, CA

10:30-12:00 – The Good, The Bad and The UGLY: A Panel Review of Recent Personal Injury Cases

Panel Moderator:  Pamela L. Schultz

Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP: San Francisco, CA

Noreen Arralde

SKULD: New York, NY

David Boyajian

Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, PC: Portland, OR

Joseph Stacey

Stacey & Jacobsen, PLLC: Seattle, WA

12:00-1:30 – Lunch


"A Brief History of the Pacific Admiralty Seminar - Celebration of 40 Years"

Forrest Booth

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, San Francisco, CA

SESSION FOUR – Modern Navigation and Advanced Marine Technologies

Session Chair: David Russo

Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith: San Francisco, CA

1:30-3:30 – "Modern Navigation and Advanced Marine Technologies: What is Here and What is Coming – From the Mariner’s Perspective; How the New Technology Impacts Investigations and Discovery"

Capt. Kjartan Hauge

Mission Systems-Collins Aerospace: Windsor Locks, CT

Capt. Dave McCloy

San Francisco Bar Pilot: San Francisco, CA


Gordon Calhoun 

Lewis, Brisbois, Bisgaard & Smith: San Francisco, CA

Paul Taylor

Lead Marine Casualty Investigator, U.S. Coast Guard: San Francisco, CA

3:45-4:45 – "Eliminating Unconscious Bias

                          in the Legal Profession in a Post #MeToo Era"

                        (1 hour of elimination of bias credits available)


Sara A. Moore

Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani: San Francisco, CA