Littleton Joyce Ughetta Park & Kelly LLP announces litigator Thomas M. Grasso has joined the firm’s maritime and transportation practice as Of Counsel. Grasso brings to the firm more than 25 years of experience in international and domestic transportation, trade, logistics, and insurance of goods.
Maritime & Transportation
We help clients bring transportation and logistics claims to best resolution. Whether traveling by ocean, rail, truck, or air throughout the supply chain, we interpret the relevant contracts of carriage and applicable law to advise our clients with respect to recovery, liability, limitation of liability, damages and salvage.
We interpret contracts of carriage, service agreements, and applicable law and advise our clients with respect to recovery, liability, limitation of liability, damages and salvage. Our clients include cargo owners, manufacturers, vessel charterers, carriers, NVOCCs, freight forwarders, or their insurance underwriters. Whatever the goods, mode, origin or destination, we are prepared to serve our clients with our expertise in transportation law and contracts of carriage as quickly and economically as possible.... Learn More
Trade relationships are governed by commercial terms comprised of laws and contractual language selected by the parties, which include aspects of:
- United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG)
- Uniform Commercial Code (UCC)
- INCOTERMS (terms of sale and allocation of cost & risks between buyer & seller)
- Other commercial terms varying by industry
We litigate and arbitrate commercial contract disputes in Federal and State Courts and in various arbitral bodies including the American Arbitration Association (AAA), International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR), the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), Society of Maritime Arbitrators of New York (SMA), and the Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA).... Learn More
Logistics incorporates arranging transportation, distribution nodes, warehousing. Proper logistics management requires knowledge of the handling, storage, and transportation arrangements of the goods and particular needs of the customers. The more specialized the goods, the more knowledgeable the logistics professionals must be.
For example, pharmaceuticals are subject to strict manufacturing and distribution standards. When the integrity of the goods falls into question due to irregularities in handling or transportation, the value of the goods is often significantly reduced. When these failures occur, we are able to advise our clients on the best course to either recover for their loss or limit or be exonerated from liability.
Notably, we advise our clients in Cold Chain Logistics and current Good Manufacturing and Distribution Practices as these areas develop due to the implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), and regulations promulgated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).... Learn More
Marine insurance has been crucial to the success of international commercial trade since the Rhodian Sea Law of the Sixth Century Byzantine Empire. While insurance has grown more complex and comprehensive since its inception, many of the basic insurance concepts remain in today's modern marine insurance.
We serve the needs of various Lloyd's Market syndicates, along with United States, European, and Asian based marine and inland marine insurers, and their assureds. We are privileged to have a robust practice specializing in cargo subrogation, motor truck cargo legal liability claims, and marine, inland marine, and product liability policy coverage opinions.... Learn More
Keeping insurers and cargo owners’ claims and recoveries on track to timely resolution.... Learn More
Providing claim and recovery expertise to achieve best results.... Learn More
Motor Carriage / Truck
Being a driving force for resolving insurers and cargo owners’ claims and recoveries.... Learn More
Managing claims and recoveries for insurers between transport.... Learn More
Supporting product quality and transport from manufacture to final destination.... Learn More
Warehouse & Distribution
Providing effective warehousing and distribution claim and recovery management.... Learn More