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 2014, 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.
•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
•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: 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