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    Kaufman & Canoles’ Maritime Team Expands

    Kaufman & Canoles is pleased to announce that Patrick M. Brogan has joined the firm as Of Counsel in the Norfolk office. Mr. Brogan is a member of the firm’s Maritime Law team.  

    Prior to joining Kaufman & Canoles, Mr. Brogan was the managing partner of Davey Brogan PC. He graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy in 1979 and served on merchant ships as a marine engineer for three years before law school, as well as during the summers. He graduated from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William & Mary in 1985. After graduation, Mr. Brogan continued to serve on U.S. flagged merchant ships until he was recalled to active duty in the U.S. Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corp, where he became proficient in trying courts martial cases and reviewing JAG manual Investigations of mishaps onboard U.S. Navy vessels. In 1991, Mr. Brogan helped start the law firm that became Davey & Brogan, P.C., a small firm devoted to serving owners and operators of vessels and those who work in the maritime industry. He is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, has been recognized as Best Lawyer’s “Lawyer of the Year” 2020 in Virginia and has received numerous other awards in his long career. He brings over 30 years of experience handling maritime cases in courts around the country.

    Mr. Brogan joins John E. Holloway, Pat O’Donnell, and Ryan Gibson on a team committed to helping clients address their maritime issues quickly and efficiently. The team’s litigation experience covers matters falling within all areas of maritime law – oil pollution, collision, salvage, personal injury, death, cargo, criminal, charter disputes and the like. They have substantial courtroom experience with state and federal trials and have handled appeals in state supreme courts, federal courts of appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. The team’s transactional experience includes drafting maritime contracts (charters, towage, terminal), assisting banks and hedge funds investing in or financing U.S. documented fleets, vessel sale/purchase agreements, and advice respecting U.S., United Nations, European Union, and other international sanctions and regulatory regimes.

    Our maritime lawyers have been recognized by Best of the Best USA for Shipping and Maritime, Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers, Virginia Business’s Legal Elite, Top Lawyers by CoVaBIZ, and AV rated by Martindale Hubbell. 

    “Kaufman & Canoles is proud to announce the expansion of our Admiralty and Maritime law team with the addition of Patrick Brogan, a short year after bringing John Holloway, our Maritime Law Chair, and Ryan Gibson to join Pat O’Donnell in the practice of maritime law.” said William R. Van Buren, III, President and Chairman of Kaufman & Canoles. “As the Port of Virginia has grown to be one of the largest ports in the United States, Kaufman & Canoles is committed to serving the maritime industry that supports commercial and military vessels on the Atlantic Coast and around the world.”


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