Gina M. Venezia


Gina M. Venezia

Ms. Venezia is a partner in Freehill Hogan & Mahar’s New York office where her practice focuses on numerous areas of maritime and transportation law and international commercial litigation and arbitration. Ms. Venezia has extensive experience at both the trial and appellate levels, having tried and handled cases as both lead and second-chair attorney in U.S. federal and state courts and before U.S. arbitration tribunals. She has handled a wide variety of matters involving commodities contracts, contracts of sale and lease, charter parties, electronic bills of lading, hazardous cargos, mass casualties, collisions, the U.S. Limitation of Liability Act, provisional remedies of arrest and attachment, U.S. military cargos, insurance coverage disputes, and enforcement of foreign judgments and arbitration awards. She also counsels clients on compliance with U.S. sanctions regulations; commercial contracts of charter party, vessel sale, and commodities sales; and Coast Guard and NTSB investigations.

Ms. Venezia has repeatedly been recognized as a leader in her field. Chambers USA notes that she is a “well-regarded litigator” and “is continuing to build a formidable reputation for excellent work as a litigator.” She is also praised as “a smart, talented and dynamic young attorney” and one who is “particularly good at arguing on her feet.” Chambers USA.

Eric E. Lenck

Mr. Lenck has over 35 years of experience in maritime law as a partner at Freehill Hogan & Mahar. He has litigated marine insurance, cargo and charter party disputes of all kinds, including trials and arbitrations in New York. His current practice focuses heavily on ship sale and finance, ship construction, yachts and the drafting and analysis of all types of maritime contracts.

Mr. Lenck has been the lead attorney on the Firm’s many vessel sale and financing transactions, including all manner of cargo vessels, yachts, research ships, and passenger vessels. These transactions have involved the U.S. flag registry and all the major foreign maritime flags. He has broad experience in working on loans from private banks and government entities in asset based maritime financings. His extensive knowledge of contract terms and lenders’ requirements helps to ensure that borrowers are adequately protected and that the lenders’ requirements are met in a timely and efficient way. Mr. Lenck has lectured on Ship Sale and Purchase as a visiting professor at World Maritime University in Malmö, Sweden.

Mr. Lenck draws on his years of litigation experience when providing advice on maritime contracts. He has drafted bills of lading and charter parties for major carriers, and has advised on ship construction and repair contracts, COA’s, service contracts, marine terminal agreements, asset purchase agreements, yachting agreements, dockage agreements and all manner of corporate documentation.

Mr. Lenck has authored numerous articles on maritime law and has been a speaker at many maritime conferences and seminars in the U.S. and abroad. He has taught courses on maritime law subjects at the John Gray Institute of Lamar University and at World Maritime University in Sweden. He is the author of LAW OF RECREATIONAL BOATING, published by Cornell Maritime Press in 2019. (order through Maritime Press, a Division of Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., Amazon Books,Barnes and Noble)


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