Tanner Honea

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Tanner Honea

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Prior to joining Freehill Hogan & Mahar, Tanner served as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy on a guided missile destroyer and various patrol craft.  After qualifying as a deck and engineering watch officer within his first year as a commissioned officer, Tanner continued to expand his knowledge into all aspects of seamanship.  In 2009, Tanner was awarded second place as the U.S. Atlantic Fleet’s Junior Officer Ship Handler of the Year.  In addition to his engineering and deck duties, Tanner led eleven sailors responsible for the operation and maintenance of the destroyer’s missile system.  Later, Tanner was responsible for a patrol boat’s operations during two six-month deployments in the Persian Gulf where he led a maritime boarding party.

Following his service in the U.S. Navy, Tanner attended law school at the University of Houston Law Center in Houston, Texas.  In 2012, Tanner was a National Champion of the John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition hosted by Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana.  In 2013, Tanner was also recognized as the Best Speaker in the same competition.  Tanner’s law school experiences included a summer internship with Judge Lynn N. Hughes of the United States Southern District of Texas.  He was also an active member of the Houston Business and Tax Law Journal and served as the journal’s Head Senior Articles Editor.

As an attorney, Tanner began his practice in Texas where he litigated a broad spectrum of cases, including:  maritime personal injury claims, vessel arrests, maritime casualties, contractual disputes, and insurance defense and subrogation claims.  Tanner joined Freehill Hogan & Mahar in 2017, and continues to expand his maritime legal experience.  He is active in all phases of the firm’s practice.

Peter J. Gutowski

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Mr. Gutowski graduated with a BA from Columbia University in New York in 1978.  He earned his law degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, where he graduated cum laude with a concentration in international transportation law. Immediately after graduation in 1981, he joined Freehill Hogan & Mahar as an associate, became a partner in 1987 and has remained with the firm throughout his career.

Mr. Gutowski’s practice focuses on both international and domestic transportation related matters, many of which involve complex legal and factual issues.  He has been described by Chambers as an “aggressive, clear-minded and decisive” attorney, capable of navigating the “tough cases.”  Routinely ranked among the highest tier of attorneys in Best Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal and Chambers, he has been credited as “dedicated and extremely hard working” (Best Lawyers 2012), a “damn fine and deeply knowledgeable lawyer who stays in control and tries a lot of cases”, and an individual who can cut through “all the mist and target what’s needed.” Recently, one of his peers commented that: “I would hire him for my personal affairs – that is the best recommendation I could give.”  Chambers Global 2014.

With more than thirty years of litigation and arbitral experience, Mr. Gutowski has served as lead counsel in a variety of high profile transportation related casualty and contract disputes from situations around the globe.  Of late, he recovered in excess of $34 million for a foreign client in an arbitration involving the breach of a long term COA for the supply of asphalt, successfully defended a vessel charterer in a total loss claim lodged by the owner for damages in excess of $30 million involving the sinking of a container vessel, and participated in the successful prosecution of a US-based product manufacturer in a multi-million dollar fire case.  His practice includes a concentration on commodities related matters and sale and purchase agreements.  Recent cases include the successful prosecution of claims for a multi-million dollar breach by the buyer of LPG under a long term sales agreement and the recovery of a multi-million dollar award for breach of a vessel sale agreement against a major US agribusiness entity. He also regularly counsels clients in ongoing disputes involving all aspects of transportation and international sales agreements, and assists with the drafting of sales and other commercial agreements including asset purchase agreements and service contracts.  He practices in both state and federal court, as well as in arbitration before the New York SMA and AAA’s international division, the ICDR.  Mr. Gutowski has particular expertise with provisional remedies (such as the arrest and attachment mechanisms) in both domestic and international arenas and has handled a myriad of veil piercing cases and matters touching on international jurisdictional disputes.

Mr. Gutowski has also served as a commercial arbitrator, has presented papers/made presentations on corporate veil piercing issues, security proceedings and fraud claims, and recently co-authored the US section of the Shipping International Trade Law text published by Sweet & Maxwell, a division of Thomson Reuters. Recently described by Chambers as an “excellent lawyer who is good on his feet, articulate and skillful” and a “smart practitioner who “really looks out for his clients’ interest”, Mr. Gutowski brings to his cases a balanced approach grounded on many years of practical, commercial experience and legal acumen, “properly aggressive” when necessary, but always with the clients’ ultimate best interest in mind.

On a personal level, Pete enjoys skiing, sailing and all types of outdoor activities.  He regularly participates in triathlons and obstacle course races, including Ironman, Spartan and Tough Mudder competitions.  He brings to his cases the same level of enthusiasm and energy he devotes to his extracurricular activities.

Manuel A. Molina

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Manuel Molina brings diverse legal experience to the practice of maritime law. He earned both his undergraduate degree as well as a Master’s Degree in Modern European History from Columbia University. Thereafter, Mr. Molina attended Georgetown Law School, where he was Associate Editor of the Immigration Law Journal. After working several years for a law firm in Washington, D.C. specializing in international trade, he then spent a number of years with MFY Legal Services in New York, providing legal services to the poor.

Deciding to refocus his practice, Mr. Molina studied at Università degli Studi di Bologna from 1993 to 1994, receiving a LL.M. in European Community Law and serving as a guest lecturer. Upon returning to the U.S. in 1995, he began his career in maritime law. Mr. Molina has been involved in a wide range of litigation and arbitration matters including cargo claims, charter party disputes, maritime attachments, vessel arrests, commodities sales contracts, letters of credit issues and disputes relating to international law. Mr. Molina is annually rated as a leading maritime attorney by The Best Lawyers in America.

Languages:
Spanish
Italian
French

William L. Juska, Jr.

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With over 45 years experience Mr. Juska, the managing partner of the firm, brings a broad perspective to the practice of law, informed by the handling of hundreds of cases. Chambers USA 2014 reported: “Sources say he is ‘very strong on all aspects and has a wealth of experience to draw on.’

He is noted for his expertise in cargo damage cases, charter party disputes and commodities sales contracts. Chambers Global 2013 stated that he is “highly regarded” in these areas of practice. Chambers Global 2007 described Mr. Juska as a “globally renowned practitioner” while in 2008 the same source wrote, “He impresses interviewees [clients] with his counsel on cargo defense cases and charter party disputes. His ability to read circumstances is such that ‘you can introduce him to anyone under the sun and he will respond effectively.’

Mr. Juska has long advised clients on U.S. trade regulations. Since 2010 he has played a leading role in counseling a broad range of clients on compliance with the U.S. sanctions against Iran as well as on the U.S. sanctions relating to the Ukraine, Syria, Sudan, Myanmar, and Cuba. Chambers 2016 described him as having “a wealth of experience and practical knowledge on sanctions.”

In addition to these primary areas of practice, Mr. Juska has considerable experience in oil pollution, marine contracts, commercial litigation and provisional remedies, such as arrest and attachment. He represents a wide variety of clients, such as P&I Clubs, shipowners, charterers and commodities traders in commercial disputes, whether requiring litigation or arbitration. He has arbitrated cases before the Society of Maritime Arbitrators, the American Arbitration Association and the International Centre for Dispute Resolution.

Mr. Juska is annually ranked as a Leader in the Field by Chambers USA. Chambers USA quotes sources declaring him as “tremendously smart”, a “gentleman and astute litigator” as well as “one of the most competent attorneys in the New York area.” Chambers USA 2018 quotes an interviewee calling him a “smart and efficient lawyer who sees things clearly” and who gives “top-rate advice.” He is similarly annually ranked by New York Super Lawyers and Best Lawyers in America, to whom one client stated in 2012, “If Bill does not know the answer, I am not sure who would.”

Daniel J. Fitzgerald

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Mr. Fitzgerald graduated with distinction from the State University of New York, Maritime College where he obtained a U.S. Coast Guard Unlimited Tonnage deck officer’s license. He has served in the U.S. Coast Guard for over 20 years, and continues to serve as a Captain (Select) as the Senior Reserve Officer at USCG Base Portsmouth. He earned his law degree attending the Evening Division of New York Law School while serving on active duty conducting casualty investigations and vessel inspections. He has been practicing maritime law since 2001, joined FHM in August of 2005 and became partner in January 2012.

Mr. Fitzgerald’s practice concentrates on maritime, international and environmental law. He regularly advises clients on environmental maritime compliance and pollution response and has conducted numerous on-board investigations in various U.S. and foreign jurisdictions. His litigation practice focuses on personal injury, wrongful death, oil spills, groundings and collisions.

Mr. Fitzgerald is a frequent presenter on environmental criminal, regulatory and compliance issues. He was recognized in 2017 by The Legal 500 – USA.

Mr. Fitzgerald proudly serves his community as a member of the Board of Directors of the Breezy Point Cooperative.

Barbara G. Carnevale

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Ms. Carnevale graduated with Honors in 1975 from Franklin & Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and was a 1985 graduate of Brooklyn Law School. Before entering law school, she worked as a Legal Assistant at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft primarily on a military vessel construction arbitration and then in the Chartering Department of Bunge Corporation where she handled charter party disputes and arbitration submissions. Upon graduation from law school, she joined Freehill Hogan & Mahar as an associate. Her primary areas of specialty involve cargo claims, charter party disputes and contract drafting.