Daniel G. McDermott: Lawyer with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.

Daniel G. McDermott

Dan McDermott is a shareholder with Marshall, Dennehey, Warner, Coleman & Goggin. Since 1979, he has handled all types of civil litigation including cargo recovery matters, maritime personal injury cases and complex insurance litigation.
Shareholder, Co-Chair Maritime Litigation Practice Group
New York,  NY  U.S.A.
Phone(212) 376-6432

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Practice Areas

  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Marine Construction Litigation
  • Personal Injury and Ship Financing
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Marine Insurance and Reinsurance
University Le Moyne College, B.A., 1971
Law SchoolNew York Law School, New York, New York, J.D., 1975
Admitted1976, New York; 1976, U.S District Court Northern District of New York; 1976, U.S District Court Southern District of New York; U.S District Court Eastern District of New York; U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. District Court Western District of New York; U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois; U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois

Associations & Memberships

• American Bar Association

• Irish American Bar Association of New York

• Marine Insurance Claims Association, Board of Directors

• Maritime Law Association of the United States, Uniformity of U.S. Maritime Law Committee, Chair (2008 - 2013); Director, 2014

• New York State Bar Association


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 25 years and has been its only president since it was incorporated in 1991. He has also been active in the Maritime Law Association (MLA) and is presently chair of the Uniformity of U.S. Laws Committee. Dan has written two amicus curiae briefs to the United States Supreme Court on behalf of the MLA and is a member of the 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 it's 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.'

From 2008 through 2013, Dan has attained the distinction of being identified by his peers as a New York Metro Super Lawyer. He has also been named to Best Lawyers in America for 2009 to present.

Classes/Seminars Taught

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

Honors & Awards

• AV Preeminent by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell

• Best Lawyers in America - Admiralty & Maritime Law, 2009-Present

• Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business - Transportation / Admiralty, 2007-Present

• New York Metro Super Lawyer, 2008-2014

• Litigation Counsel of America Fellows

Year Joined Organization: 2009

Reported CasesPublished Works: 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

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Daniel G. McDermott

88 Pine Street, 21st Floor
New YorkNY 10005


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