Association of Transportation Law Professionals
- National President, 2005-2006
- Puget Sound Chapter President, 1999-2000
Cardozo Society of Washington State
Conference of Freight Counsel
Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals
Maritime Law Association of the United States
National Industrial Transportation League
Seattle Transportation Club
Transportation Club of Tacoma
Transportation Lawyers Association
- Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee, Co-Chair, 2000-2012
Washington State Bar Association
Steve is a prolific writer. He has authored numerous articles under his monthly column, Legal Lookout, as the western United States member of ForwarderLaw (an internet-based repository of legal resources of interest to the shipping community - www.forwarderlaw.com); and as co-editor of the Motor Column of ATLP Highlights. He is a frequent contributor to The Transportation Lawyer (published by the Transportation Lawyers Association).
Presented at the Canadian Transportation Lawyers Association 2010 Conference
Presented at the Transportation Lawyers Association 2010 Conference
The Intermodal Lead
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October 2018 - The evolution continues: FMC accommodates NVOCC contracting by revising regs governing NSAs and NRAs
December 2017 - Paying to play: Considerations transportation intermediaries should consider before contractually accepting cargo liability
September 2017 - Hurricanes highlight the Jones Act’s faults
April 2017 - FMC overhauls regs governing service contract and NSA filing
August 2016 - COGSA may be extended to on-deck cargo, but the extension must be express
March 2016 - DC Court of Appeals doesn’t like FMC’s rationale for allowing disparate rates
December 2015 - The material deviation doctrine hits the road
September 2015 - Remotely located contract terms: incorporated tariffs, rules, terms and conditions, and other documents
July 2015 - Spring cleaning at the ports: a summary of recent legislative and regulatory attention directed at the wharves
March 2015 - A non-vessel operating common carrier isn't a cargo owner for purposes of claims against shipper
December 2014 - Arbitration clauses can't be unconscionable, at least within the Ninth Circuit
October 2014 - NVOCCs must require original bill of lading for delivery, and failure to do so is an FMC-actionable Shipping Act violation
July 2014 - Holding Vessels Liable for their Owners’ Debt: a Couple Illustrative Cases
March 2014 - The Maritime Goods Movement act for the 21st Century Act - a proposed measure to send seaport use fees where they're needed and properly directed
September-October 2013 - The shifting tides of punitive damages in maritime personal injury claims rise in seamen's favor
May-August 2013 - By Land or By Sea...A Comparison of the Fundamentals of the Carmack and COGSA Liability Regimes
January-April 2013 - Parked Freight: the Legal Issues of Storage and Distribution Logistics
December 2012 - Competitors of a said-to-be fraudulently documented water carrier have no private right of action under state law
November 2012 - Classification Societies probably don’t have duties to third parties, but even if they do, a “reckless misconduct” standard is tough to meet.
October 2012 - Product liability in the maritime law context: a federal court sitting in Admiralty sorts out state law issues.
September 2012 - COGSA can contractually kick in only after carrier takes custody
July-August 2012 - MAP-21: New Surface Transportation Legislation Overcomes Political Obstacles to Bring Law Closer to Industry Realities
June 2012 - A P&I primer: how the ocean shipping industry insures itself.
May 2012 - The Harbor Maintenance Tax: what’s it really doing to the U.S. port volumes and imports; and what should be done about it?
April 2012 - A consignee isn’t liable for damage to carriers’ equipment caused by bad packaging; or Ocean Transportation Intermediaries’ oft ambiguous role revisited.
March 2012 - Burdens of proof in COGSA claims: Ping Pong, anyone?
February 2012 - You snooze, you lose: how the passage of time can bar maritime claims.
January 2012 - The Discretionary Function Exception to Uncle Sam’s Waiver of Sovereign Immunity shields Coasties from liability.
December 2011 - Transportation Service Providers Other Than Carriers Limit Their Liability Too!
November 2011 - Mitigation of damages: the plaintiff’s duty to its wrongdoer
October 2011 - The evolution of ocean shipping deregulation continues: FMC considers relaxing its requirement of specified rates in service contracts.
September 2011 - The Pennsylvania Rule: Violation of a Safety Regulation Creates Presumption of Fault
August 2011 - The Intersection of Admiralty’s Limitations – of Liability and Right to a Jury Trial
July 2011 - Regal Beloit/Kirby revisited: The Supreme Court’s statutory analysis takes subsequent case law off course.
June 2011 - Charter parties: who’s the “carrier” for purposes of COGSA liability?
May 2011 - Two maritime law queries: What constitutes “discharge” and “delivery” commencing the time to give notice of claim; and is a freight forwarder an “agent” in its relationships with ocean carriers and shippers?
April 2011 - Blurred lines: An intermediary’s roles as cargo owner, dispatcher, and controller of trucking operations produce huge accident liability.
March 2011 - “It’s just not fair”: the doctrine of Unjust Enrichment under maritime law
February 2011 - The impact of a complex charter party arrangement on cargo liability.
January 2011 - But what about my attorneys’ fees?!?!
November-December 2010 - The politics of piracy: contemporary U.S. law addresses a timeless issue.
October 2010 - "The Shipping Act of 2010": the Evolution Continues...
September 2010 - Expanding vessel owner liability and the rights of injured seamen: punitive damages are recoverable in vessel unseaworthiness claims.
July-August 2010 - Regal Beloit: Sompo Japan and kin step aside – the U.S. Supreme Court strikes back by clarifying that Kirby applies to interstate connecting hauls.
June 2010 - The Outer Continental Shelf Land Act: the law’s increasing recognition of land-based, maritime personal injury
May 2010 - NVOCC Tariff Exemption: Deregulation’s stepchild continues making progress toward parity with its industry peers.
April 2010 - Saving Ryan: vessel owners who utilize employees of other maritime service providers must indemnify their employers for personal injury liability.
March 2010 - Who’s an ocean carrier’s “agent” for purposes of extension of COGSA to land-based service providers?
February 2010 - A “customary freight unit” can be determined by flat rate a carrier charges for entire load, but the Rotterdam Rules might change the outcome …
January 2010 - Suit in a non-designated forum results in dismissal of case – and sanctions
Hot Motor Carrier Law
Speaker, Advanced Workshop, Washington Trucking Associations, May 2019
Moderator, Transportation Lawyers Association Annual Conference, May 2019
Panelist, Annual Transportation Law Institute, November 2017
Speaker, Washington Trucking Associations, November 2017
Speaker, Washington Trucking Associations, February 2017
Speaker, Building Resilience to Supply Chain Risk & Disruption, February 2017
Speaker, Trucking and Transportation Regulations, Liability and Litigation, National Business Institute, December 2016
Maritime Law & Regulation
Speaker, Certificate in Maritime Management, Pacific Lutheran University, January/February 2016
U.S. Warehousing Law
Speaker, Canadian Transport Lawyers Association Annual Conference, October 2015
Association of Transportation Law Professionals Annual Meeting
- "Recent Developments in Motor Carrier Law," Speaker, June 2015
- "From Truck Drivers to Middlemen, What's New Regarding Motor Carrier Law?" Moderator, June 2015
- "Canadian Transport Law - A Perspective From Up North," Moderator, June 2015
One if by air, two if by sea... (three if by rail): Cargo does not only move by truck!
Speaker, Transportation Lawyers Association Annual Conference, May 2015
Marine Cargo Claims, Start to Finish – Getting’ Around the Heroes and Villains of a Marine Cargo Claim
Moderator, 46th Transportation Law Institute, November 2013
Law of Piracy
Speaker, Center of Excellence for Global Trade & Supply Chain Management, September 2013
Modal Updates: Ocean
Speaker, Canadian Transport Lawyers Association 2013 Annual Conference, September 2013
Panelist, Transportation Lawyers Association Annual Conference, May 2013
Speaker, Transportation Intermediaries Association Annual Convention, April 2013
Speaker, Wage & Hour Compliance – Beyond the Basics (Part I), February 2013
Speaker, Safety Management Council of the Washington Trucking Association, December 2012
Update in Recent Regulatory and Legislative Developments
Speaker, Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations, February 2012
Kirby-Sompo Japan-Royal Beloit
Speaker, Federal Bar Association Admiralty Committee & WSBA CLE Course, October 2011
Speaker, Transportation Lawyers Association Webinar Series: Brief Survey of Maritime Law's Origins, Impacts and Future, August 2011
The Jones Act: How vessel operators are their employees' de facto comprehensive life, health and disability insurers
Speaker, 43rd Transportation Law Institute, October 2010
West Coast Port and Marine Developments
Speaker, 2010 Canadian Transport Lawyers Association Annual Conference, September 2010
Multimodal Lightning Round
Speaker, 2010 TLA Annual Conference and CTLA Mid-Year Meeting, April 2010
Legal Implications of Insurance Coverages Available to Transportation Intermediaries
Speaker, TIA 32nd Annual Convention and Tradeshow, April 2010