Frank P. DeGiulio

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Mr. DeGiulio joined the firm in 1984 after obtaining his law degree and a master's degree in business administration. After completing his undergraduate degree at the United States Merchant Marine Academy he served on numerous merchant and naval vessels and holds a Coast Guard unlimited tonnage Third Officer's license and a First Class Pilot license for the Great Lakes. Throughout his legal career Mr. DeGiulio has handled all types of maritime casualty and commercial disputes primarily on behalf of shipowners and their insurers. His litigation and arbitration practice focuses primarily on collision, charter party and commercial disputes, cargo and property damage claims, recreational boating casualties, Coast Guard violations and proceedings, marine finance and foreclosure, maritime liens, vessel arrest and attachment, general average and salvage. On the transactional side he also has extensive experience in the drafting of customized charter parties, contracts of affreightment, commodity supply contracts and vessel construction contracts, and regularly represents vessel owners in marine financing transactions. He is a leading member of the firm's oil pollution response team and has represented shipowners, charterers and terminal operators in administrative proceedings and litigation arising out of a number of major marine pollution incidents. Mr. DeGiulio also has extensive experience in marine insurance coverage disputes and litigation and for seven years of his career represented insurers from around the world in connection with insurance disputes arising out of the EXXON VALDEZ oil spill. He has published articles on a variety of maritime law subjects including admiralty jurisdiction and shipowner's limitation of liability. Mr. DeGiulio is a former member of the board of directors of the Maritime Law Association of the United States and is a former chairman of the Association's Recreational Boating Committee. He also serves on the board of directors of the S.S. UNITED STATES Conservancy and on the advisory council of the Philadelphia Maritime Academy Charter School. He also formerly served as an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve, achieving the rank of Lt. Commander.

Areas of Practice (52)

  • Admiralty Law
  • Litigation
  • Insurance Law
  • Products Liability Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Maritime Law
  • International Law
  • Insurance
  • Reinsurance
  • Bankruptcy
  • Finance
  • Yachts
  • Recreational Craft
  • Aviation Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Transportation
  • Casualty Defense
  • Civil Litigation
  • Trial Practice
  • Appellate Practice
  • Carriage of Goods by Sea
  • Jones Act
  • Marine Environmental Law
  • Marine Insurance
  • Marine Insurance Defense
  • Marine Pollution
  • Marine Subrogation
  • Maritime Accidents
  • Maritime Contracts
  • Maritime Finance
  • Maritime Liens
  • Maritime Personal Injury
  • Maritime Products Liability
  • Maritime Property Damage
  • Recreational Boating Law
  • Ship Documentation
  • Ship Foreclosure
  • Ship Sales and Mortgages
  • Shipyard Litigation
  • Clean Water Act
  • Environmental Cleanup
  • Commercial Foreclosure
  • Creditor Bankruptcy
  • Excess and Reinsurance
  • Excess Coverage
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Boating Accidents
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Bills of Lading
  • Cargo Claims

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
856-428-7717  Phone
University Attended:
United States Merchant Marine Academy, B.S., 1979; University of Pittsburgh, M.B.A., 1981
Law School Attended:
University of Pittsburgh, J.D., 1984
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey; U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; U.S. District Court, District of Maryland; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; 1993, New York; 1986, New Jersey; 1984, Pennsylvania; 2003, Maryland; U.S. Supreme Court
The Maritime Law Association of the United States; Association of Average Adjusters of the United Kingdom; National Marine Bankers Association; American, Pennsylvania, New Jersey & New York Bar Associations
U.S. Naval Reserve, 1979-1996, Lt. Cmdr.
Birth Information:
Johnstown, Pennsylvania, January 6, 1958

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