Section of Litigation

About the Committee


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 very 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. The Committee will become active through its newly created Subcommittees, including Personal Injury and Death, Hull and Machinery/Cargo, and Marine Insurance Coverage.

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 Co-Chairs 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

Alexander Selarnick
Cozen O’Connor
45 Broadway
16th Floor
New York, NY 10006
P (212) 453-3740
TF (800) 437-7040
Fax: (212) 509-9492

Publications Subcommittee Chair
To Be Appointed

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


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


Competitive Yacht Racing Subcommittee
Jody T. McCormack
Law Office of Jody T. McCormack
1005 Northgate Drive, Suite 104
San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: (415) 419-4036


Marine Insurance Coverage Subcommittee
Mark Scheer
Williams Kastner & Gibbs PLLC
Two Union Square
601 Union Street, Suite 4100
Seattle, WA 98101
Telephone: (206) 628-6652
Fax: (206) 628-6611