Vincent M. DeOrchis


Vincent M. DeOrchis is a partner in the Firm’s Maritime and Transportation Industry Group. He also runs the firm’s Maritime Law Trainee Program which provides foreign lawyers (and P&I Club claims handlers) with an opportunity to observe the practices of maritime and transportation law in the United States.

Prior to joining Montgomery McCracken, Vince was a founding partner with DeOrchis & Partners. He has handled many of the leading cases in U.S. maritime law involving cargo, charter party, limitation of liability and hull claims.

Vince is a consulting expert to the U.S. State Department with respect to the UNCITRAL project to draft a new international cargo liability instrument. He has tried numerous cases, appeals and arbitrations throughout the United States during his career.

Vince received a J.D. degree from Fordham Law School in 1974. He graduated from Fordham College in 1971.

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Selected Representations
  • Visiting Professor, John Simms Distinguished Admiralty Practitioner in Residence, Tulane University, 2006
  • Appointed to assist the U.S. Department of State in respect to negotiations in UNCITRAL regarding the “Rotterdam Rules Convention.”  2002-2008
  • Lord & Taylor v. Zim Integrated Shipping Services, 13 Civ. 3478 (SDNY). (Defense of Act of God upheld in a case involving Hurricane Sandy.)
  • Lead counsel, In the Matter of Rationis Enterprises Inc.– MSC CARLA, 325 F. Supp. 2d 318 (SDNY). (Limitation of Liability proceeding and subsequent indemnity case against Korean shipbuilder for a vessel that broke in half at sea.)
  • Bally, Inc. v. M/V ZIM AMERICA, 22 F.3d 65 (2d Cir. 1994). (New law regarding the burden on a cargo owner to prove that the missing weight of cargo exists at the time of delivery from a carrier.)
  • O’Connell Machinery Co. v. M/V AMERICANA, 797 F.2d 1130 (2d Cir. 1980).(Peril of the Sea defense upheld for a container that fell during a storm, and an arrest proceeding vacated due to sovereign immunity of a ship owner only partly owned by a foreign government.)
Selected Speaking Engagements
  • Speaker, “Hot Topics: what’s new in the sectors?” International Bar Association’s 2017 Maritime and Transport Law Conference: Shipping, energy and commodities – Legal challenges in offshore, ports and sea carriage, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, June 2017
  • Moderator, ACI Admiralty & Maritime Claims & Litigation Conference, Houston, Texas, January 2016
  • A Witches’ Brew of Bananas and Oil, Naphtha and Crude, brings Hurricanes and Bankruptcy and Low- Sulfur Fuel: Current Trends in U.S. Maritime Law, International Maritime Law Seminar, London, October 2015
  • Organizer and Moderator, International Maritime Law Seminar, held yearly in London, since 2006
  • Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments and Arbitral Awards in the United States, International Maritime Law Seminar, London, September 27, 2012
  • Where Have Settlements Gone? The Settlement Scene as Viewed From the 19th Floor Above Manhattan, International Maritime Law Seminar, London, October 27, 2011
  • Carriage of Goods, International Legal Training (“ILT”) Conference, Association of the Bar of the City of New York, October 20, 2011
  • Management of Large Casualties:  Practical Thoughts and Suggestions, International London Seminar, October, 2010, PowerPoint Presentation
  • The Rotterdam Rules: Rough Seas or Smooth Sailing Ahead? IBA Vancouver, October 2010
  • UNCITRAL and the Rotterdam Rules: A Change in the Sea for Carriage of Goods, Invited speaker at Liberty International Underwriters, NYC, August 2010
  • Reefer Containers: A New Generation But Still Encountering Problems, Mediterranean Shipping Company (USA) Inc., New York, NY, March 2010
  • Applying The Rotterdam Rules: A Comparison of Maritime Case Law Under COGSA and the Rotterdam Rules, Maritime Law Association Fall Meeting, Hilton Head, SC, November 2009
  • When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going – A Carrier’s Tough Job in a Tough Economy, International London Seminar, October 2009
  • Analysis of the Rotterdam Rules, Ministry of Justice, Bogota, Colombia, November 2008
  • Rule B Attachments and Rule C Arrest: A Side-By-Side Comparison, Maritime Bar Association, Santiago, Chile, October 2008
  • Discussion of Punitive Damages in Maritime Law, Finnish Maritime Law Society, March 2008
  • Arrest of Vessels, International London Seminar, November 2007
  • Has The Time Come For Anonymous Cargo To Come Out Of The Box?  Iberio Americano Institute, November 2007
  • Third Party Practice Under United States Law, International London Seminar, October 2006
Selected Publications
Honors & Awards
  • The Best Lawyers in America© – Admiralty and Maritime Law, 2006 – 2023
  • Who’s Who Legal, Shipping & Maritime, 2010 and 2015
  • Chambers USA, America’s Leading Business Lawyers Guide, Transportation: Shipping: Litigation, 2009, 2017-2022
  • New York Super Lawyers, 2011-2022, Metro Editions, The Annual List – The Top Attorneys in the New York Metro Area
  • Nominated by GlobalLawExperts for the position of Legal Adviser for Maritime Law in America, September 2011
  • New York Super Lawyers. 2010, Metro Edition, Article – Sea Change, How Vincent DeOrchis Helped Update 80-Year Old Maritime Law
  • Martindale, Hubbell AV Rated

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Professional Activities
  • Serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Journal of Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy, Association of Transportation Law Professionals, Inc. (ATLP)
  • Titulary member of the Comitè Maritime International (CMI)
  • Member of the Italian American Bar Association
  • Served on the board of directors of the Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Served as Chairman of the Committee on Carriage of Goods, and Vice Chair of the Committee on Maritime Fraud
  • Served on the board of directors of New York Maritime, Inc. (NYMAR)
  • Participated as a briefing judge in the Judge John R. Brown National Moot Court Competition

Law School

  • Fordham University School of Law

Undergraduate School

  • Fordham College