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College: United States Merchant Marine Academy, B.S., 1966

Post Graduate: University of Washington School of Law, J.D., 1973

1973-Present: Maritime lawyer, various Seattle area law firms, with responsibility for administrative processes and litigation relative to maritime collisions; pollution; cargo loss and damage; personal injuries and death; product liability; salvage; marine insurance; maritime personnel licensing and disciplinary matters; and maritime business issues.

1966-1973:: Deck officer with various offshore steamship operators. Experienced on dry cargo, container, bulk carrier, and tank ships.

Professional Licenses:
Admitted Washington State Bar Association and United States District Court Western District of Washington 1973.

Inactive license as Chief Mate Steam or Motor Vessels, Oceans, Any Gross Tons.

  • Marine Insurance Association of Seattle, comprehensive course on maritime law, 1986-1998;
  • maritime law lectures University of Washington School of Law;
  • maritime law lectures Seattle Community College Maritime Training Center.
  • Frequent seminar speaker on maritime issues.
  • Speaker, Marine Trade Perspectives, Port of Seattle, 1987-1997.
  • Author: Treatise, Maritime Law Deskbook, 1986-Present;
  • Article, Federal Supersession of State Workers' Compensation Acts as Applied to Jones Act Seamen, 8 University of San Francisco Maritime Law Journal 186 (1996);
  • Article, Sky Reefer: Foreign Arbitration & Litigation Under COGSA, 8 University of San Francisco Maritime Law Journal 73 (1996); Apportionment of Damages In Collisions at Sea, 50 Washington Law Review 933, 1975
Reported cases:
  • Colville Contractors v. Alaska Marine Lines, Inc., 1990 AMC 1880 (Arb. 1990)(cargo damage);
  • Insurance Co. of North America v. Ennia General Ins. Co., 1988 AMC 400 (Arb. W.D. Wa. 1987)(insurance coverage);
  • DaCruz v. Knutsen, 1987 AMC 1675 (9th Cir. 1986)(personal injury);
  • Security Pacific Nat'l Bank v. O/S Pacific Pride, 1983 AMC 769, 549 F.Supp. 53 (W.D. Wa. 1982)(maritime lien/financing issues);
  • Givens v. M/V Calypso, 540 F.Supp. 12 (W.D. Wa. 1982)(personal injury);
  • McNabb v. O/S Bowfin, 565 F.Supp. 12 (W.D. Wa. 1982)(salvage);
  • Nevers v. Aetna Ins. Co., 14 Wn. App. 906, 546 P.2d 1240, 1977 AMC 2017 (Wn. App. 1976)(insurance coverage);
  • Peter Pan Seafoods, Inc. v. Olympic Foundry Co., 17 Wn.App. 761 (1977)(product liability);
  • Alaska Packers Ass'n v. East Point Seafoods, 421 F.Supp. 48, 1976 AMC 2278 (W.D. Wa. 1976)(collision).