Bill Bennett is a member of our Maritime Emergency Response Team (“MERT”).
Bill Bennett concentrates his practice in international and maritime litigation. He is an experienced litigator, having dealt with many significant marine and shore-based disputes, including:
- large casualties resulting in wrongful death and personal injury
- collisions, allisions, groundings, and sinkings
- fire damage
- insurance coverage disputes
- contract disputes
- complex litigation
Bill serves as arbitrator and mediator for marine personal injury and contract disputes.
Bill is a graduate of SUNY Maritime College, sailed as a licensed officer, and holds a degree in Naval Architecture. He obtained his Unlimited Third Mate’s license from the United States Coast Guard. He worked aboard various vessels in the capacity of Third Mate, Second Mate (limited tonnage), and Master (limited tonnage), including oil tankers, ocean-going tugs, dredges, and yachts.
Chambers USA notes that a client describes Bill as “very personable, doesn’t deal in legalese, provides succinct and clear advice and provides it quickly.”
Bill is a frequent presenter and has spoken on topics such as:
- “The Staten Island and SeaStreak Ferry Casualties: Pointers on How to Deal With the Press, National Transportation Safety Board, and United States Coast Guard,” for the New York City Bar Association
- “Protecting Maritime Liens in U.S. Bankruptcy Cases,” at the 8th International Conference of Maritime Law
- "Arrest and Foreclosure of Vessels in the United States (incl. Bankruptcy)," at Marine Money 2013
Outside the Firm
Bill enjoys running and has completed three marathons.