ABYC schedules marine law symposium in January

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The American Boat & Yacht Council said its second annual Marine Law Symposium, “Anatomy of an Accident,” will be held Jan. 9 in Charleston, S.C.

Legal and insurance experts, marine law enforcement and manufacturer representatives will share their expertise to help attendees navigate the legal aspects of boating accidents.

The agenda includes a review of five actual accidents and lawsuits that have implications for dealers, manufacturers, surveyors, accident investigators, expert witnesses and lawyers.

Additionally, marine law enforcement will examine the types of accidents, reporting, what they provide if called into court, and the information to which lawyers have access. Attendees will learn the language of litigators and insurance companies and how to protect their business in the event of a lawsuit.

"Last year’s Marine Law Symposium was an excellent opportunity for marine manufacturers to be introduced to a plethora of legal liability concerns with respect to our products,” Jeff Wasil, BRP-Evinrude engineering manager, said in a statement.

“In fact, after attending the symposium last year I was able to bring back some concerns which made an immediate impact on our products. I'm very much looking forward to the event this year and will, for sure, bring some of our legal folks along."

The speakers include:

Joe Angersola, Swift, Currie, McGhee & Hiers LLP; Raul Chacon, Manion Gaynor & Manning LLP; William Daley, CED Technologies Inc.; Pat Duggan, Merrimac Insurance LLC; John Fetterman, National Association of State Boating Law Administrators; Matt Majors, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency; Randy Moore, Snell & Wilmer LLP; Christina Paul, K&L Gates LLC; Caroline Plater and David Rammelt, Reed Smith LLC; Wendy Sanders, Case Forensics Corp.; Brant Savender, Maritime Research Associates LLC; Charlie Simmons, Gorman & Williams; Jeff Smith, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP; and Robert Taylor, Design Research Engineering.

An early bird discount on registration is available until Friday. Continuing education credits are available. Registered attendees are invited to the ABYC’s annual meeting and cocktail reception on Jan. 8 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.