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Maritime Law-"The Costa Concordia: What If This Happened in U.S. Waters?" (08/14/2014)

On August 14, 2014, the Admiralty Law Section, the Federal Litigation Section and the Broward County Chapter of the Federal Bar Association is presenting the seminar "The Costa Concordia: What if this Happened in U.S. Waters?" This seminar will take place at the Riverside Hotel, 620 East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301 and will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The anticipated Florida CLE credits will be 7.0 hours and Florida Admiralty and Maritime Law Certification Credit will be available.

The seminar agenda is impressive and includes the following:

Seminar Agenda

8:30 – 8:40 a.m.                  Welcoming Remarks and Introductions
                                                            Speaker: Patricia Olney, Seminar Chair
8:40 – 9:00 a.m.                  Short Update on Status of Litigation over Costa
                                                           Speaker: Atillio Costabel
9:00 – 9:30 a.m.                  Forum Selection/Jurisdiction
                                                           Speaker: Allan Kelley
9:30 – 10:35 a.m.                Salvage/Recovery and Pre-Planning for a Disaster
                                                           Moderator: Michelle Otero Valdes; Speakers: Art Meade,
                                                           VP/General Counsel, Crowley Maritime Corp.;
                                                           Michael Brown, Area EVP Marine, Arthur J. Gallagher 
10:30 – 10:50 a.m.             Morning Break
10:50 a.m. – Noon              Peculiar Maritime Remedies and Damages: In rem
                                             prospects, Bankruptcy,  Bonds, and Maritime Liens
                                                           Moderator: Demetrios Kirkiles; Speakers: George Chalos,
                                                           Allan Kelley
Noon – 1:15 p.m.                Lunch (on premises) with Speaker
                                                            Patrick O’Keefe, Upcoming FBA National Director and
                                                            Maritime Attorney, New Orleans, LA
1:15 – 2:05 p.m.                  Criminal Law Considerations
                                                            Moderator: Capt. Alan Richard; Speakers:
                                                            Stephen Darmody; Jamie Raich, AUSA; George Chalos
2:05 – 2:55 p.m.                  Personal Injury: Crew and Passengers Panel with
                                             Plaintiff and Defendant  Perspectives
                                                           Moderator: Jacob Munch; Speakers: Andy Waks;
                                                           Ryon Little
2:55 – 3:10 p.m.                  Afternoon Break
3:10 – 4:10 p.m.                  Geographical and Multi-Agency Administrative Issues
                                             of a Disaster Including  Ethical Concerns Where
                                             Practicing in an Non-Home District/State
                                                            Moderator: Jody Foster; Speakers: Lindsey Brock;
                                                            Capt. Michael Kucharski
4:10 – 5:00 p.m.                  Appellate Aspects and Updates on Recent Pertinent
                                             Case Law
                                                            Speakers: Patricia Olney; Philip Parrish

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