Marine Law Symposium

On the Water - On the Stand


January 7, 2020


DoubleTree by Hilton
300 Canal Street

New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

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January 7, 2020 

New Orleans, LA

The Speakers

Brian Henry


Rolfes Henry

Brian Henry joined Rolfes Henry in 2011 after practicing for more than a decade in New England, and currently serves a President of the Firm. Brian has served as an expert witness on the standard of care for attorneys handling fire science cases, and he is a frequent lecturer on fire science, expert preclusion, insurance and product liability issues at conferences throughout the country.  He is also an Adjunct Instructor at both the National Fire Academy and the National Center for Explosives Training & Research, and he is a member of the NFPA 921 Technical Committee, representing the National Association of Fire Investigators.

Christina Paul


K&L Gates

Christina Paul represents manufacturers and retailers in the recreational marine industry. Christina has managed and litigated consumer warranty and product liability litigation on behalf of the recreational marine industry. 

Christopher Graham

Engineer/Marine Consultant

Forensic Marine Investigations International

Christopher Graham is a licensed Professional Engineer with over 20 years of technical experience including electronics, electrical, software, safety, process plant operations, complex systems and maintenance, significant reverse engineering and technical intelligence gathering.

Christopher Karentz

Senior Maritime Consultant

S-E-A Limited

As a maritime consultant, Christopher has an extensive history of vessel refit, modification and repair work for local and international clients. His previous experiences and skills provide him the expertise to perform his current work of assisting maritime attorneys and marine insurers worldwide in the admiralty law and marine insurance arenas.

David Marlow

Director of Product Integrity/Government Affairs

Brunswick Corporation

David Marlow has been employed by the Brunswick Corporation for the past 33 years as their Director of Product Integrity/Government Affairs. He has held various positions within their marine division in engineering, sales, and customer service and currently works with Brunswick’s Law Department heading up product safety, compliance, and government affairs.

Jason Karasinski

President/ Owner

Fire Research & Technology, LLC

Jason Karasinski is a NFPA 1033 Nationally Pro Board-Certified Fire Investigator, IAAI- CFI, NAFI- CFEI.  Jason serves as a subject Matter Expert and instructor at the National Fire Academy (NFA), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). 

Jesse Grantham

Forensic Expert

Welding & Joining Management Group

Jesse Grantham is a forensic expert witness, Forensic Testing Laboratory Supervisor, and nationally recognized welding expert.

Loren Griswold

Expert Fire Investigator/Owner

Griswold Consulting, LLC.

Loren Griswold has over 30 years’ experience investigating fires, explosions, marine losses and conducting electrical inspections. He has conducted over 2500 fires in 37 states and six countries involving industrial, commercial, and residential fires as well as vehicle, heavy equipment and marine vessel fires and explosions.

Raúl J. Chacón Jr

Attorney/ Partner

MG+M Law

Raúl Chacón concentrates his practice in admiralty and maritime, products liability, commercial litigation, and insurance defense. He is an active member of the Florida Bar. He is a Board Certified Specialist in Admiralty and Maritime law, and is AV® Preeminent Rated. 

Robert Kochan

President & Principal Marine Consultant

Forensic Marine Investigations International

Robert Kochan has over 30 years of forensic investigative experience - including mechanical marine equipment and system design, personal injury and accident investigation, consumer product defect analysis, petrochemical process system failure analysis, and maritime catastrophic fire and collision events.

Dr. Wendy Sanders

Principal Engineer

Explico Engineering Company

Dr. Wendy Sanders is a licensed Professional Mechanical Engineer and Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator with forensic engineering expertise in marine accident reconstruction, fire and explosion investigation, thermal-fluid sciences, human factors, warnings, and general marine and mechanical engineering fields. She has specific expertise in accident analysis and reconstruction for boating accidents including recreational motorboats, personal watercraft, and other maritime vessels.  


Fire, Explosions, and Other Thermal Events

January 7, 2020 @ 7:45am-5:00pm

The 4th Annual Marine Law Symposium will be held January 7, 2020 in New Orleans! Get a unique perspective on high profile accidents not shared in any other venue. Expert speakers will analyze critical boat fire investigations and case studies that are impacting today's verdicts. The agenda will cover analysis tools, expert selection strategies, and essential investigation resources that can be the difference between winning and losing.


Enjoy unparalleled networking opportunities and earn 8 CEUs in one education packed day! 

The Agenda




Case Studies

The Venue/Hotel

DoubleTree By Hilton
300 Canal Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

The Symposium will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, located at the base of historic Canal Street, across from Harrah's Casino, in the heart of New Orleans. We’re opposite the French Quarter and on the edge of the bustling Central Business District. This area includes the famous Bourbon Street, Jackson Square, and Royal Street. You’ll be near gastropubs, craft cocktail hot spots, and music venues. 

Discounted Accomodation:

ABYC has secured a special room rate of $155/night for this event.

The discounted room rate expires on December 19, 2019 or until sold out. Click the link below to reserve your room.


If you have any questions concerning hotel accomodations, please contact Kevin Scullen or 410-990-4460 X 102.



ABYC will award 8 CEU credits for verified attendance.

SAMS will award 8 CEUs for attendance.

Please contact your professional organization for acceptance.  



ABYC Member: $299

Nonmember: $399


ABYC Member: $399

Nonmember: $499



ABYC Member: $499

Nonmember: $599

ABYC Standards Certification

Take the ABYC Standards Certification the day after the Marine Law Symposium!

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