Section of Litigation

About the Committee

See our mission statement, committee leadership, and a message from our chairs and learn about the Admiralty Litigation Committee today.

Mission

The mission of the Admiralty Litigation Committee is to enhance the skills of the attorneys practicing law in this specialized area and to assist our court system as well as legislative bodies in the development of the maritime laws of the United States. The committee will work to facilitate justice in implementation of marine laws throughout the United States, while promoting the development and progress of admiralty practitioners’ litigation skill set.

Message from the Chairs

In its long history, the American Bar Association Section of Litigation has not had an Admiralty Litigation Committee. The ABA Section of Litigation recently created this Committee to promote, develop, and enhance litigation skills among the thousands of marine practitioners across the country and to facilitate and refine the admiralty laws of the United States.  

We encourage our members to become active in this committee through participation in our subcommittees as well as the initiatives that will be established through the year. We actively encourage admiralty practitioners to submit articles and/or content for our newsletter or Section of Litigation website. If you wish to become involved in any of these areas, please contact the committee cochairs or subcommittee chairs.

We look forward to serving as a vibrant and productive committee within the Section of Litigation while addressing the professional needs of our members.

Sidney Degan III
David Loh

Subcommittee Leadership

Website Subcommittee
Nicholas J. Cenac
Degan, Blanchard & Nash
Texaco Center
400 Poydras Street, Suite 2600
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Telephone: (504) 529-3333
Fax: (504) 529-3337
Email: ncenac@degan.com

Publications Subcommittee Chair
Richard W. Schwerdtfeger
Degan, Blanchard & Nash
Texaco Center
400 Poydras Street, Suite 2600
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Telephone: (504) 529-3333
Fax: (504) 529-3337
Email: rschwerdtfeger@degan.com

Personal Injury and Death Subcommittee
Philip Brickman
Degan, Blanchard & Nash
400 Poydras Street, Suite 2600
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Telephone: (504)529-3333
Fax: (504)529-3337
Email: pbrickman@degan.com

Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee
Hull & Machinery/Cargo Subcommittee

David Y. Loh
Cozen and O’Connor
45 Broadway
New York, NY 10006
Telephone: (212) 509-9400
Fax: (212) 509-9492
Email: dloh@cozen.com

Competitive Yacht Racing Subcommittee
Jody T. McCormack
Bohonnon Law Firm
San Rafael, CA
Telephone: (415) 419-4036
Email:  jody@mccormackmaritime.com

Marine Insurance Coverage Subcommittee
Alicia Gurries
Cozen O'Connor
101 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA 94903
Telephone: (415) 593-9618
Email: agurries@cozen.com