Ryan J. Byrnes

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Ryan J. Byrnes

Ryan Byrnes is a 2012 graduate of the Seton Hall University School of Law, where he was a Presidential Scholar and was published in the field of copyright law. While in law school, Mr. Byrnes served as a clerk for the Hon. Ned Rosenberg in the Superior Court of New Jersey and later at a boutique commercial litigation firm. Prior to joining Freehill Hogan & Mahar, Mr. Byrnes practiced for more than five years at a large Manhattan firm, where his practice included defense of toxic tort, occupational disease, NY Labor Law and construction litigation cases, including extensive practice within New York City Asbestos Litigation (NYCAL).

Mr. Byrnes joined Freehill Hogan & Mahar in 2018. He is involved in various areas of the firm’s practice and at all stages of litigation from pleadings through trial. His personal injury practice includes the defense of trucking and motor carriers, premises liability, Labor Law, Jones Act maritime, and asbestos and other occupational disease cases. He regularly attends ship inspections and on-board investigations in connection with Jones Act personal injury and other maritime-related matters. He assists in the representation of a national restaurant chain as to all general liability claims. He is also active in matters involving insurance coverage, the Defense Base Act, and the War Hazards Compensation Act.

Tanner Honea

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.

Matthew J. Pallay

Matthew Pallay graduated from Ohio Northern University Claude W. Pettit College of Law with a Certificate of Specialization in Criminal Law before attending Tulane University Law School, where he earned his LLM in Admiralty With Distinction.

Matthew was a third generation longshoreman, prior to joining Freehill Hogan & Mahar, in New York harbor for nearly 10 years. As a longshoreman, he primarily handled various bulk and breakbulk cargo operations, as well as heavy lifts. Additionally, he handled vessel mooring, stowage, and discharge operations.

Matthew has been involved in all phases of the firm’s practice since he joined the firm in November 2015. He is primarily involved in the firm’s personal injury practice, including federal workers’ compensation, Jones Act, and third-party litigation defense. Matthew routinely appears in the New Jersey and New York state and federal courts, as well before the Department of Labor Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs and Office of Administrative Law Judges. Matthew regularly handles all aspects of litigation from initial evaluation and investigation to taking and defending the depositions of fact and expert witnesses, engaging in motion practice, and appearing for oral arguments.

Matthew frequently conducts and participates in vessel and terminal inspections, both domestically and abroad. His experience includes investigating personal injury matters, stowaways, drug smuggling, oil spills, engine room fires, vessel breakaways, collisions, allisions, and other marine casualties.

William H. Yost

Mr. Yost earned his law degree from Roger Williams University School of Law in 2013, where he graduated magna cum laude.  During law school, Mr. Yost was the Executive Notes and Comments Editor for the Law Review, a member of the school’s 2013 Judge John R. Brown Appellate Moot Court Competition team, which received the Best Respondent’s Brief Award, and was also a recipient of the school’s first annual William J. Coffey Excellence in Maritime Writing Award.  Mr. Yost began his career at Freehill Hogan & Mahar as a summer associate in 2012 and returned as an associate the following year.

 

Mr. Yost has a broad practice which includes maritime and land-based personal injury litigation, including the defense of premises liability and New York Labor Law claims, as well as the defense of cargo loss and damage claims, marine pollution claims, charter party and bill of lading disputes, and Customs and Border Protection fine mitigation.  Mr. Yost has handled the defense of numerous claims brought under the Longshore Harbor Workers Compensation Act and the Defense Base Act, and has also defended shipowners in Jones Act, § 905(b), and other personal injury cases.  He also frequently defends restaurants, property, and business owners in negligence, premises, and general liability cases in both New York and New Jersey.

Michael D. Tucker

Michael Tucker is a 2009 graduate of Roger Williams University School of Law, where he was a member of the Maritime Law Society. During law school, Mr. Tucker served as a summer associate at Freehill, Hogan & Mahar and also served as a summer clerk with the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender, Post Conviction Relief Unit.

Prior to joining the Firm, Mr. Tucker worked for three years as an Operation Manager in the operations department of a major liner service, managing the daily operations of voyages for the company’s Western Hemispheric fleet. Mr. Tucker is a skilled negotiator who is active in all phases of the firm’s practice and is currently involved in a broad range of maritime and commercial matters, with particular experience in the areas of cargo loss and damage, commercial litigation, and personal injury under the Defense Base Act, Jones Act, and Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. Further, Mr. Tucker oversees the Firm’s War Hazard Compensation Act reimbursement request unit.

Mark F. Muller

Mr. Muller’s primary area of practice is the defense of maritime personal injury claims, including passenger, longshoremen and seamen cases in which he has over 30 years of experience. He also has defended numerous cases involving occupational diseases, such as those relating to exposure to asbestos and benzene. Mr. Muller has tried both jury and non-jury cases in New York State and Federal Courts and has argued appeals in both Federal and State appellate courts. He has lectured at various seminars on personal injury topics. Mr. Muller has received the highest AV preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been consistently rated as a leading maritime attorney by publications such as Legal 500, New York Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America Guide.

John F. Karpousis

John F. Karpousis has been practicing law for over two decades, joining Freehill Hogan & Mahar in 1996, where he has been a Partner since January 2002 and currently heads the firm’s Workers’ Compensation defense practice. He graduated with a B.A. from Rutgers University in 1990, and received his Juris Doctorate from Fordham University School of Law in 1993.

John has considerable trial experience, having tried both jury and non-jury cases and argued appeals in both federal and state courts of New York and New Jersey. He has tried over 40 cases before the United States Department of Labor, Office of Administrative Law Judges and Benefits Review Board. John is a published author and frequent lecturer on matters involving the Longshore Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, and has taught several Continuing Legal Education seminars on Longshore Act matters to other attorneys. In addition to his LHWCA and Defense Base Act workers compensation practice, John works extensively in the area of maritime personal injury law, including the defense of 905(b) LHWCA claims, Jones Act claims, marine construction litigation, passenger vessel and other maritime/terminal liability, trucking and transportation related personal injury cases. He also handles other marine litigation including marine insurance coverage disputes and hull and machinery claims. In 2014, Best Lawyers in America, which has named him to their Best Lawyers list, reported that a client described John as exhibiting “a fierce passion,” “a very charismatic litigator with a keen sense of what the judge and jury want to hear” and “one of the firm’s most talented attorneys.” The Legal 500 named John as a recommended attorney for 2018 and 2019. Best Lawyers in America ranked him in 2018-2020 in the admiralty and maritime field.

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Greek

Daniel J. Fitzgerald

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.

Thomas M. Canevari

Mr. Canevari graduated with Honors from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1982 with an unlimited horsepower Third Assistant Engineer license for steam and motor vessels. He then worked for 6 years as a Development Test Engineer on gas turbine engines before joining the firm in 1989.

Mr. Canevari concentrates on marine personal injury and death cases, including the defense of occupational disease claims. He has represented shipowners in cases dealing with collisions, allisions, fire, engine damage and oil spill response, investigation and litigation. His background and experience on steam powered vessels provide Mr. Canevari with unique insight and expertise in defending marine asbestos claims.

Mr. Canevari has dealt with cases in numerous jurisdictions, including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Texas, Pennsylvania and Minnesota. He has been national coordinating counsel for asbestos matters for an international gas turbine manufacturer since 2004 and he represents the International Group of P&I Clubs’ Industrial Disease Subcommittee.

Mr. Canevari holds the highest AV preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been ranked as a leading maritime attorney by such publications as The Best Lawyers in America Guide and Moffly Media.  Mr. Canevari was also received the 2017 Client Choice Award for New York in the field of Shipping and Transport Law. In 2019 Mr. Canevari was confirmed as an expert in maritime law by Euromoney’s International Trade & Shipping Guide.

Patrick J. Bonner

Throughout his career, Mr. Bonner has represented shipowners and their underwriters in defending personal injury claims including longshoremen, passengers and seamen cases. He has significant experience in oil pollution incidents, collision cases and proceedings before the United States Coast Guard. Mr. Bonner has also represented airlines in respect of passenger claims.

Mr. Bonner was a member of the U.S. delegation to the IMO Legal Committee from 2010 – 2012. He has published numerous articles and has been a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars on various maritime law topics. Mr. Bonner is a past president of the Maritime Law Association of the United States (2010-2012). He served as a deck officer in the Navy on a fleet oiler and an aircraft carrier.