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Robert E. O’Connor to Serve as Keynote Speaker for St. John’s School of Law’s Joseph A. Calamari Admiralty Law Society

April 18, 2016


NEW YORK — Montgomery McCracken associate Robert E. O’Connor will serve as the keynote speaker at St. John’s School of Law’s Joseph A. Calamari Admiralty Law Society’s Thirty-Sixth Annual Dinner on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Bobby will be addressing fellow alumni, students and members of the Admiralty Bar.

He is a member of the firm’s Maritime and Transportation practice group and focuses his practice on maritime and environmental matters. Bobby represents ship owners and operators in litigation relating to collision, allision and fire casualties such as the RICKMERS GENOA and MSC FLAMINIA. He also represents Responsible Parties in agency actions and civil litigation relating to the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) and Natural Resource Damage Assessments (NRDA).

Since November 2014, Bobby has been involved in one of the most high-profile bankruptcy cases in the maritime industry. In Dec. 2015, he played a key role in assisting the Debtors in O.W. Bunker Holding North America in confirmation of their Chapter 11 plans of liquidation. The OWB Debtors’ bankruptcy was precipitated by the sudden collapse of their parent, OWB Denmark, which has been the world’s largest marine fuel supplier. Bobby has been engaged in a wide range of complex maritime and admiralty litigation matters including development of strategy and representation of OWB Debtors before various U.S. District Courts in connection with ship/vessel arrest proceedings and maritime-related interpleader actions.

He is active in the legal community and is a member of the New York State Bar Association, American Bar Association, Maritime Law Association, North American Marine Environmental and Protection Association and Connecticut Maritime Association.

Bobby received a J.D. degree from St. John’s University School of Law in 2010. He was the president of the Joseph A. Calamari Admiralty Law Society, editor in chief of and a frequent contributor to The Admiralty Practicum, and vice president of the Student Bar Association. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005 with B.A. degrees in Economics and Environmental Studies.

About Joseph A. Calamari Admiralty Law Society

The Admiralty Law Society was founded in 1975 by Professor Joseph A. Calamari, Alfred Will ’75 and Peter Clark ’75 to promote the study of Admiralty and Maritime Law. Members and alumni fulfill this mission by presenting guest speakers from the admiralty and maritime field, biannually publishing The Admiralty Practicum, and by hosting an annual dinner that brings distinguished alumni and Society members together for an evening of networking, discussion and celebration.

About Montgomery McCracken

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