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Listed as one of “The World’s Leading Lawyers” in 2000-2001, 2001-2002, 2002-2003, 2006, 2007, and 2008 editions of Chambers Global; described by others as “an intelligent litigator,” who can “write ‘an excellent brief’” and is “extremely smart and precise in her advice”


Listed as one of “America’s Leading Business Lawyers” in 2003-2004, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008 editions of Chambers USA, which notes “widespread praise for her reliability and ‘impeccable writing ability’”


Listed in New York Magazines “Best Lawyers in New York” and New York Super Lawyers 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008


Languages spoken: French

Practice areas


  1. Maritime: 35%
    35 years, 400 cases
  2. Contracts: 25%
    35 years, 250 cases
  3. Lawsuits & Disputes: 20%
    35 years, 100 cases
  4. International Law: 20%
    35 years, 100 cases

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101 Park Ave
New York, NY, 10178-0002


NYCurrently registered 198103/07/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Meritorious Public Service AwardUnited States Coast Guard, Department of Homeland Security2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
CounselCurtis, Mallet-Prevost , Colt & Mosle LLP2006 - Present
CounselLevy Phillips & Konigsberg, L.L.P.2002 - 2006
MemberBurlingham Underwood LLP1980 - 2002
Association namePosition nameDuration
Association of the Bar of the City of New YorkMember, Admiralty Committee2007 - Present
Comité Maritime InternationalChair, Audit Committee2007 - Present
New York Bar FoundationFellow2005 - Present
Benedict's Maritime BulletinAssociate Editor2003 - Present
Tulane University Admiralty Law InstituteMember, National Advisory Board2000 - Present
Comité Maritime InternationalTitulary Member2000 - Present
American Maritime CasesAssociate Editor1999 - Present
University of San Francisco Maritime Law JournalMember, Board of Advisors1994 - Present
Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court CompetitionJudge1994 - Present
The Maritime Law Association of the United StatesBoard Member1992 - Present
American Bar FoundationFellow1992 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember, Litigation and International Sections1981 - Present
The Maritime Law Association of the United StatesPresident2006 - 2008
The Maritime Law Association of the United StatesFirst Vice President2004 - 2006
The Maritime Law Association of the United StatesSecond Vice President2002 - 2004
American Bar Association Torts and Insurance Practice SectionAdmiralty Committee Vice Chair1998 - 2002
Seamen’s Church Institute Center for Seafarers’ RightsMember, Advisory Committee1997 - 2005
The Maritime Law Association of the United StatesSecretary1996 - 2002
American Maritime Law Foundation, Inc.Judge, Elliott B. Nixon Prize1994 - 2000
The Maritime Law Association of the United StatesMembership Secretary1994 - 1996
Association of the Bar of the City of New YorkMember, Arbitration Committee1991 - 1994
The Maritime Law Association of the United StatesChair, Committee on Uniformity of U.S. Maritime Law1988 - 1994
Association of the Bar of the City of New YorkMember, Admiralty Committee1986 - 1989
Publication nameTitleDate
Tulane Law ReviewPlus Ça Change: The Protean World of the Maritime Specialist2007
New Directions in Maritime Law, Eastern Admiralty Law Association and Nova Scotia Barristers’ SocietyNew Directions Update: An American Perspective2006
Tulane Maritime Law JournalUniformity of Maritime Law and the Supreme Court: Till Death Do Us Part2000
Tulane Maritime Law JournalApplication of State Law to Maritime Claims: Is There a Better Guide than Southern Pacific v. Jensen?1996
International Maritime LawThe U.S. Supreme Court Rules on Allocating Responsibility among Settling and Non-Settling Maritime Defendants1994
American Conference Institute Continuing Legal Education Program on International Commercial DisputesProblems in Enforcement of International Arbitration Awards1993
University of San Francisco Maritime Law JournalCurrent Problems in Maritime Uniformity1992
Tulane Law ReviewComparative Aspects of Commonwealth and U.S. Law Since the Collision Convention (with J.C. Smith)1983
Moore's Federal Practice § 704.05 (3d ed.)Forum Non ConveniensN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
New York University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and SciencesEnglish LiteratureM.Phil. with distinction1976
Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and SciencesEnglish LiteratureM.A. with honors1974
Swarthmore CollegeEnglish LiteratureB.A. cum laude1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Symposium on Transport Law for the 21st CenturyThe Draft UNCITRAL Draft Convention on Contracts for the International Carriage of Goods Wholly or Partly by Sea: The Most Promising Solution for Wasteful Conflicts2008
Annual DinnerLegal Profession2008
2008 International Conference on International Security (April 2008)Regulatory Review: What Will the Beltway Focus on Next?2008
XII International Congress (Seville, Spain)The Elusive Goal of International Uniformity2007
Annual SeminarThe Mischief that Results When the Supreme Court Uses Broad Language to Answer Narrow Questions2007
Admiralty Law InstituteMaritime Transportation2005
John W. Sims Distinguished Admiralty Practitioner in ResidenceMaritime Practice2000
ABA Annual MeetingMaritime Arbitration1993
General meetingLaytime Calculations1991
Continuing Legal Education SeminarThe Preparation and Trial of a Commercial Arbitration1990