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Pacific Admiralty Seminar, San Francisco

November 29, 2017 @ 7:30 am - 5:00 pm



The Pacific Admiralty Seminar will now go forward on November 29, 2017.  We are working hard to maintain the program we put together, although we are going to have some speaker substitutions.  Registration for the seminar is open while we confirm speakers.  We will continue to update our slate as information becomes available.  The Pacific Admiralty Seminar Steering Committee greatly appreciates your ongoing support and patience.


Our New Location:


Marines’ Memorial Club & Hotel 

6089 Sutter Street

San Francisco, CA 94102


Our Current Confirmed Program:

7:30-8:15 a.m.   Registration/Breakfast

8:15-8:30 a.m.     Welcome Remarks

8:30-9:45  “State of the Maritime Industry: Evolution in Commercial Shipping”

        Session Chair: Courtney Crawford, Cox Wootton Lerner LLP San Francisco

Rebecca Justice Lazarus, V.P. & Deputy General Counsel, Matson Navigation Company, Inc.

Marc Marling, Vanmarc Shipping Limited Company, Norfolk, Virginia

Patrick Michael Leahy, Senior Claims Executive, Gard AS , New York, NY 

Boriana Farrar, VP, Counsel, Senior Claims Executive, Shipowners Claims Bureau, Inc. 

(Other panelists to be added)

10:00 -11:15      “Lessons Of O.W. Bunker”

Session Chair: Charles S. Donovan, Shepppard Mullin, San Francisco CA

“Introduction to Interpleader: How Does It Work In An International Context? Injunction Against Further Pleadings Effective Outside USA?” Brian S. Blackman, Blaxter Blackman LLP San Francisco CA 

“Interpleader: The Shipowner’s Viewpoint; Enjoining In Rem Proceedings Is A Necessity”(Keith W. Heard, Burke & Parsons, New York NY 

“Interpleader: The Supplier’s Viewpoint: Enjoining In Rem Proceedings Is A Bad Idea” Neil B. Klein, McKasson Klein LLP, Irvine, California

“International Maritime Bankruptcy: Update on Chapters 11 and 15 in OW Bunker, TMT and Hanjin. How Is It Working? How Could It Be Better? Craig A. Wolfe, Sheppard Mullin, New York, New York

11:30-12:45  “Cargo Disputes and the Middle Man: Brokers, Forwarders and OTI’s”

Session Chair: Joshua Southwick, Gibson Robb & Lindh LLP San Francisco, CA

“Hanjin’s Receivership & Port Congestion – Unresolved Legal Issues” Cameron Roberts, Roberts & Kehagarias LLP, Long Beach California

“An Ounce of Preemption: Federal Preemption Claims Against Ocean and Inland Intermediaries” Mike Cummins, Gibson Robb & Lindh San Francisco, California

Facing Both Ways — Cargo Claims Handling for Transportation Intermediaries” Stephanie Penninger Benesch, Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP

12:45-2:15  Special Lunch Speaker:  Michael A. Khouri, Acting Chairman of the Federal Trade Commission

“The Shipping Act and Other Regulatory Developments”

2:15-3:30 “An Admiralty Personal Injury Case Law Compendium”

Session Chair: Abraham Feinstein-Hillsman, McGuinn Hillsman Palefsky San Francisco, CA

Panel: “Miles to Go Before We Sleep: Is The Miles Uniformity Doctrine Still Valid”

John Hillsman, McGuinn Hillsman Palefsky, San Francisco, CA 

Thomas E. McDermott, Lindsay Hart, Portland, OR

(Other panelists to be added)

3:45-5:00   “Blackbeard 2.0: Solutions for Combatting Today’s Tech Pirates”

Session Chair: Matthew Johnston, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, San Francisco, CA

“Managing Ransomware and Encrytion Attacks in the Maritime Industry” Sean Hoar, Partner, Data Privacy & Cyber Security Practice, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, Portland, OR 

“Cyber and Marine Insurance” Lynn Krieger, Lewis Brisbois, Bisgaard, & Smith, San Francisco, CA

“Cyber Security Responsibilities from a Coast Guard Captain of the Port Perspective” Capt. Shannon Gilreath, Chief, Office of Maritime and International Law, USCG  

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November 29, 2017
7:30 am - 5:00 pm


Marines’ Memorial Club
609 Sutter Street
San Francisco, CA United States
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