William R. Connor III: Lawyer with Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.

William R. Connor III

For more than 35 years Bob Connor has focused his practice on admiralty and maritime law.
Phone(212) 376-6417

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AV® Preeminent

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Practice Areas

  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Cargo Subrogation
  • Aviation and Complex Litigation
University Syracuse University, B.A., 1971
Law SchoolUniversity of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida, J.D., 1974
Admitted1975, New York; 1975, Florida; 1975, U.S District Court Southern District of New York; 1975, U.S District Court Eastern District of New York; 1975, U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit; 1987, U.S. Supreme Court; 1990, U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit

Associations & Memberships

Florida Bar Association

•Martime Law Association of the United States, Treasurer, Member of Board of Directors, Member of Carriage of Goods Committee - Past Chairman


For almost 40 years, Bob Connor has focused his practice on admiralty and maritime law. Throughout his career, he has participated in numerous complex litigation matters, many of which have involved cargo claims and subrogation. As well, Bob has been involved in matters in the aviation industry and represents a major airline in defending cargo claims, as well as baggage and ticket disputes.

Bob has served as the Vice Chairman and then Chairman of the Carriage of Goods Committee of the Maritime Law Association of the United States. In addition to his duties as Chairman, Bob participated in the drafting of the MLA proposed changes to U.S. COGSA which became the basis for the now proposed Rotterdam Rules as adopted by the United Nations.

Bob has been involved in several notable cases, including the APL China container loss in 1999, the 1997 Carla break-up, and a recovery against FedEx in 2000 that went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court wherein the full value of a shipment of computer wafers was recovered, rather than the minimal weight limitation.

In 1971 Bob earned his A.B. from Syracuse University. He then went on to attain his juris doctor from the University of Miami School of Law in 1974. Bob joined the firm of Bigham, Englar, Jones & Houston in 1974 and focused his practice on marine cargo subrogation claims. In 1995, he became the head of the Cargo Recovery Department, a position he held until 2004, when he joined McDermott & Radzik. Bob joined Marshall Dennehey in 2009.

From 2011 to the present, Bob has attained the distinction of being identified by his peers as a New York Metro Super Lawyer and received an AV Preeminent peer review rating by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell. He was recently elected President of the Trustees of the Rye Presbyterian Church in Rye, New York.

Classes/Seminars Taught

Pitfalls and Obstacles to Avoid in Multimodal Movements. Does COGSA or the Carmack Amendment Apply?, Traveler Marine Subrogation Department, July 2011


Marshall Dennehey Announces 2015 New York Metro Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

October 6, 2015

Six attorneys from the New York offices of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin have been recognized in the 2015 edition of New York Metro Super Lawyers magazine. A Thomson Reuters business, Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have...

Honors & Awards

•AV Preeminent by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell
•New York Metro Super Lawyer, 2011-2015

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William R. Connor III

88 Pine Street, 21st Floor
New YorkNY 10005


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