Dan Fitzgerald Selected for Promotion to Commander

FHM attorney Dan Fitzgerald was advised on September 24, 2010 that he has been selected for promotion to the rank of Commander in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves. A 1996 graduate of the State University of New York Maritime College, with distinction, Dan served five years active duty in the Coast Guard and attended law...
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FHM Partners Successfully Defend Multi-Million Dollar Salvage Claim

On October 15, 2003, the Staten Island Ferry Andrew J. Barberi struck a maintenance pier, resulting in 11 deaths and injuries to more than 70 passengers. The DOROTHY J., a tug working under contract to New York City, the owner and operator of the ferry, was close by on another job and immediately attempted to...
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FHM Partner Tom Russo at Propeller Club Convention

On October 6-8, FHM partner Tom Russo was a panel member at the 85th Annual International Propeller Club convention is Tampa, Florida. With other participants, Mr. Russo addressed the topic of “Seafarers – An International Overview”, with a particular emphasis on the criminalization of maritime incidents and the prosecution of seafarers.

Gina Venezia Presents at Marine Insurance Day

At the annual Marine Insurance Day in New York on October 1, 2010 FHM partner Gina Venezia presented a program entitled Tightening the Knot – Existing U.S. Laws Prohibiting Trade with Iran and Their Expansion under CISADA. The presentation provided an explanation of the recent increased U.S. sanctions on trade with Iran, which have extra-territorial...
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FHM Partner Tom Russo Speaks on Environmental Crimes

On September 23-24, 2010 Freehill partner Tom Russo was a speaker at the 6th annual Marine Log conference and expo, “Global Greenship.” Tom participated in a program entitled “Environmental Crimes: Point-Counterpoint”, with Joseph Poux, Assistant Chief, Environmental Crimes Section, Environment and Natural Resources Division, U.S. Department of Justice, examining the prosecution and defenses of environmental crimes...
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FHM Partner Pat Bonner Elected President of the U.S. Maritime Law Association

On May 7, 2010 the U.S. Maritime Law Association elected Patrick Bonner as it’s 47th President. Pat has a long history of service to the MLA, previously having been Chair of the Coast Guard Committee, Treasurer, First and Second Vice-President and a member of the Board of Directors. Pat’s term ran until May, 2012.

Dan Fitzgerald Co-Authors Article on Medical Evacuations from Vessels

The July 2010 issue of the UK Club’s publication US Bodily Injury News contains an article co-authored by Dan Fitzgerald of FHM and Karen Hildebrandt of Thomas Miller (Americas) Inc. entitled “US Coast Guard Medical Evacuations.” The article, which is in the Articles and Speeches section below, outlines the procedures for seeking U.S. Coast Guard...
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FHM Partner Tom Russo Writes on Oily Water Separator Cases

Freehill partner Tom Russo authored an article entitled Sometimes, The Best Defense is a Good Offense for the April 2010 issue of The Arbitrator. The article, which can be accessed in the Articles And Speeches section below, outlines steps which shipowners and managers can take to build a due diligence defense to charges of oily...
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