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News Release
FOR RELEASE - February 28, 2013
Contact: Aaron Ellis,
(703) 684-5700

American Association of Port Authorities
Phone: (202) 792-4033

AAPA Program To Address Port Administration, Legal Issues

April 9-11 event in Boston geared for port administrators, finance officers, property managers, attorneys, risk managers

The American Association of Port Authorities’ (AAPA) 2013 Port Administration and Legal Issues Seminar will cover a host of oftentimes delicate subjects for seaport managers, ranging from property development and operating agreements, to intellectual property and natural catastrophe issues, to employee background checks and loss mitigation strategies.  The April 9-11 program in Boston will attract port administrators, finance officers, real estate managers, attorneys, and risk managers from throughout the hemisphere who are typically the first ones to deal with these and other issues associated with running a successful seaport.

The best way to handle port administration and legal issues is to discover ways to avoid them in the first place,” said Jean Godwin, AAPA’s executive vice president and legal counsel. “In this program, we’ll hear from industry experts in disciplines from risk management to environmental mitigation who will share case studies and best practices in dealing with a variety of sensitive issues that ports often face.”

Ms. Godwin noted that the Massachusetts Port Authority is partnering with AAPA to host the program, and that Boston, which was the site for one of America’s first major port legal issues…the Boston Tea Party…“is an ideal backdrop for discussing the important legal issues that affect seaports.”

Session topics include titles such as, “Legal Issues in Port Development,” “Climate Change, and the Future of Federal vs. Commercial Insurance Solutions,” “The Shipping Act and Federal Maritime Regulation,” and “Recent Legal Developments in International Law.”

Seminar presenters include (in alpha order):

  • Donnell W. Choy, Deputy Port Attorney, Port of Oakland
  • Vince Cozzolino, Claims Manager, Hugh Wood Inc., New York, NY
  • Warren Dean, Partner, Thompson Coburn LLP, Washington, DC
  • Brenda L. Enos, CHMM, REM, Assistant Director, Capital Programs and Environmental Management, Massachusetts Port Authority
  • John L. Fiveash, Of Counsel, Lewis, Longman & Walker, P.A., Tallahassee, FL
  • Deborah Hadden, Interim Port Director, Massachusetts Port Authority
  • Paul M. Heylman, Partner, Saul Ewing LLP, Washington, DC
  • William V. Hoch, Associate Chief Legal Counsel, Ethics and Employment, Massachusetts Port Authority
  • William J. Jackson, President, Jackson Gilmour & Dobbs, PC, Houston, TX
  • Gregory Karales, Sr. Property Claims Specialist, Hugh Wood Inc., New York, NY
  • Don Kassilke, Member, Cozen O'Connor Washington, DC
  • Krista Koehl, General Counsel, Port of Portland (OR)
  • Phil Lam, Deputy City Attorney, City of Los Angeles
  • Carly List, CPCU, ARM, Senior Vice President, Hugh Wood Inc., Seattle, WA
  • John Longstreth, Partner, K&L Gates LLP, Washington, DC
  • David MacKey, Chief Legal Counsel, Massachusetts Port Authority
  • Heather M. McCloskey, Deputy City Attorney, Port of Los Angeles
  • Darin J. McMullen, Of Counsel, Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C., Philadelphia, PA
  • Rhonda D. Orin, Managing Partner, Anderson Kill & Olick, P.C., Washington, DC
  • Frank Randolph, Shareholder, Walstead Mertsching PS, Longview, WA
  • Thomas G. Schroeter, Associate General Counsel, Port of Houston Authority
  • Tom Tanaka, AAPA Law Review Committee Chair, Senior Port Counsel, Port of Seattle


For more information about AAPA’s 2013 Port Administration and Legal Issues Seminar program and agenda, click here.

WHO:   American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) 
WHAT: Port Administration and Legal Issues Seminar, hosted by the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport)
WHEN:  Business programs run 9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9; from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10; and from 8:30 a.m. to noon on Thursday, April 11.
WHERE:  Hyatt Regency Boston, One Avenue de Lafayette, Boston, MA 02111
MEDIA:  Credentialed journalists interested in covering the 2013 Port Administration and Legal Issues Seminar business agenda for media purposes are asked to contact Aaron Ellis,, to obtain a media pass.

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