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Partner Vincent M. DeOrchis Served As Moderator and Speaker at the ACI Admiralty & Maritime Claims and Litigation Conference

February 2, 2016


Vincent M. DeOrchis, a partner and co-chair of Montgomery McCracken’s Maritime and Transportation practice, recently served as moderator and speaker at the American Conference Institute’s 5th Annual Forum on Admiralty & Maritime Claims and Litigation Conference. This year’s conference was held in Houston, Texas on January 27-28. The program was designed to provide crucial developments and winning strategies to overcome the most current and complex issues surrounding admiralty and maritime litigation. Conference attendees included in-house counsel, top claims officers and risk managers, insurance professionals, leading outside counsel and renowned federal judges.

DeOrchis moderated a discussion involving six federal judges from Texas, New Orleans and California, on recent developments in the maritime law and maritime case considerations, including the value of summary judgment in a bench trial; weight to be afforded to experts in a bench trial; what do practitioners get wrong when seeking emergency relief before a judge; the ‘gentlemanly practice’ of maritime law, and more.

Panelists included:

  • The Honorable Carl J. Barbier District Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • The Honorable Walter J. Brudzinski Chief Administrative Law Judge, U.S. Coast Guard
  • The Honorable David Hittner District Judge, United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • The Honorable Richard Schmidt Bankruptcy Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas
  • The Honorable Mildred Methvin Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, Western District of Louisiana
  • The Honorable Richard Kramer Complex Litigation Judge, California Supreme Court.

About the ACI’s 5th Annual Forum on Admiralty & Maritime Claims and Litigation

The conference is presented each year by the American Conference Institute, which is devoted to providing the business intelligence that senior decision-makers need to respond to challenges both here in the United States and around the world. Staffed by industry specialists, lawyers and other professionals, American Conference Institute operates as a think tank, monitoring trends and developments in all major industry sectors, the law, and public policy, with a view to providing information on the leading edge. The ACI’s 5th Annual Forum on Admiralty& Maritime Claims and Litigation is the highest-level Admiralty & Maritime Law conference that provides maximum networking opportunities with counsel and claims professionals to convene and exchange insights and strategies on complex issues surrounding admiralty and maritime litigation.

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