Since 1979, Dan McDermott has handled all types of civil litigation including maritime personal injury cases and complex insurance litigation. In addition to his litigation skills, Dan has been very active in the maritime and marine insurance field. Dan has been a director of the Marine & Insurance Claims Association for 30 years and has been its only president since it was incorporated in 1991. He has also been active in the Maritime Law Association of the United States (MLA) and has written two amicus curiae briefs to the United States Supreme Court on the organization's behalf. He presently serves on the MLA's Board of Directors.
Dan has concentrated his practice primarily in defense of marine construction projects around the New York City Metropolitan area. He frequently represents general contractors, vessel owners, municipalities and their agencies in suits brought by longshore and harbor workers. Dan is often asked by clients and industry organizations to lecture on the interplay between federal maritime law and New York labor law.
Dan has been recognized in Chambers USA from 2005 - present as a leading lawyer in shipping litigation. As reported to Chambers by peers and clients, they note Dan has extensive litigation experience covering personal injury, insurance coverage, and cargo litigation and attracts praise for his 'astute mind and practical, straight-shooting approach.' Clients add 'talented and knowledgeable....always 100% committed to the case.'
In 2014, Dan was selected as a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an honorary society of trial lawyers. He has also been recognized as a New York Metro Super Lawyer for the past seven years, and he has been named to Best Lawyers in America from 2009 to present.
•Uniformity of Maritime Law in a Global Context, Maritime Law Association (MLA) and Instituto Iberoamericano de Derecho Maritimo, October 2013
•Pitfalls and Obstacles to Avoid in Multimodal Movements. Does COGSA or the Carmack Amendment Apply?, Traveler Marine Subrogation Department, July 2011
•Does the Longshore Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act Preempt New York State Labor Law in Marine Construction Accidents?, Marine Claims and Recovery Forum, March 2011
•Strategic Planning Conference, American Institute of Marine Underwriters (AIMU), June 2010
•AIMU/MICA, Global Networking Conference, Keynote Speaker and Panelist, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 2009
•Punitive Damages in Maritime Law, Maritime Law Association of the United States, 2008
•Uniformity of Maritime Law, New York City; Uniformity of Maritime Law, Maritime Law Association of the United States, Ft. Meyers, Florida, 2007
•Rule B Attachments - Electronic Funds Transfer, Marine Claims Managers, New York City, 2006
•Vessel & Seaman Status, Maritime Law Association of the United States, New York City
Past Employment Positions
•McDermott & Radzik
•Does the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act Preempt New York State Labor Law in Maritime Construction Accident Cases? DEFENDANT, (Journal of the Defense Association of New York) Winter 2015
•Federal Maritime Law Preempts State Law Remedies for Incident Occuring On a Vessel On Navigable Water, Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 3, September 2010
•Amicus Brief in Support of Petitioner in the Case of Magnolia Industrial Fabricators v. Devon Louisiana Corp. on Appeal to the Supreme Court From the Fifth Circuit, Co-Author
Honors & Awards
• AV Preeminent by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
• Best Lawyers in America - Admiralty & Maritime Law, 2009-Present
•Chambers USA: Americas Leading Lawyers for Business - Transportation / Admiralty, 2007-Present
•New York Metro Super Lawyer, 2008-2014
• Litigation Counsel of America Fellows
Year Joined Organization
Does the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act Preempt New York State Labor Law in Maritime Construction Accident Case
Articles • February 12, 2015
On the Pulse...Our Maritime Litigation Practice Group
Defense Digest Article • December 1, 2011
What is maritime law? The terms maritime and admiralty are frequently used interchangeably. Admiralty refers to the body of law and procedures that govern matters related to the carriage of goods or passengers on..., Defense Digest, Vol. 17, No. 4, December 2011
Federal Maritime Law Preempts State Law Remedies For Incident Occurring On A Vessel On Navigable Water
Defense Digest Article • September 1, 2010
New York - Maritime, Key Points:Choice of law--federal maritime or state labor law--can have profound effect.Structure on navigable water can be classified as vessel if capable of being used as a..., Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 3, September 2010
On the Pulse...Profile of Our NY2 Office
Defense Digest Article • June 1, 2010
Office windows overlooking the South Street Seaport and the Brooklyn Bridge, which spans the East River between Manhattan and Brooklyn, provide a perfect nautical setting for MDWC&G's newest addition to the firm.We are proud to announce..., Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 2, June 2010
Daniel McDermott Named a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America
August 6, 2014
Daniel G. McDermott, shareholder and Co-Chair of the Maritime Litigation Practice Group in the Manhattan office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, has been named a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA). The LCA is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-...
Marshall Denneheys NY Maritime Litigation Practice Cited as a Top National Practice by Chambers USA
May 30, 2014
The Maritime Litigation Practice Group in the New York City office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, has been recognized among the top national maritime practices by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Recognized in the Nationwide: Transportation: Shipping:...
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin (MDWC&G) Welcomes Aboard Maritime Litigation Attorneys of the Law Firm McDermott & Radzik
January 4, 2010
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin is pleased to announce the addition of the maritime litigation attorneys Daniel McDermott and Edward Radzik, as well as seven of theircolleagues. This dedicated group of admiralty attorneys will not only enhance MDWC&G's maritime practice, but will...