Marine Law Symposium 2022 Presenters

Event Host


John Adey

ABYC President

 John Adey is the President of the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC). John has his MBA with a specialty in nonprofit organization management, is an ABYC Certified Master Technician, and a member of the National Boating Safety Advisory Committee.

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Raúl  Chacon


MG+M Law

Raúl is a partner in MG+M’s Miami office and is the Chair of the firm's Maritime Practice Group. His practice focuses on a variety of litigation areas, including maritime, personal injury, products liability, premises liability, infectious disease counseling and litigation, COVID-19, and commercial litigation. He has extensive experience as national and local counsel on marine products liability matters and has represented clients from jurisdictions as far north as Canada and throughout the Continental U.S., Hawaii, the Caribbean and South America. He has tried over 100 cases to verdict in the state and federal courts of Florida. He is regularly appointed to act as national and local counsel by insurance companies on admiralty and maritime matters.  


Peter Chisholm

Product Safety Manager

Mercury Marine

Peter Chisholm has been in the engineering department at Mercury Marine for over 41 years. During this time he has worked in Electrical Engineering, Emissions Compliance and is now the Product Safety Manager. While in this position he has been involved in boating safety in the marine industry with a number of organizations. He chairs the ABYC Technical Board, and is on several ABYC Project Technical Committees. He has served multiple terms as an appointed member of the US Coast Guard National Boating Safety Advisory Council.  He is the Chair of the SAE Marine Technical committee, a certified marine investigator with IAMI, and involved with NASBLA as a member of the Engineering Reporting & Analysis Committee.


William Daley

Senior Mechanical Engineer

CED Technologies

Mr. William H. Daley, III, is the President and a Senior Mechanical Engineer with CED Technologies and has over 21 years of a distinguished background in such areas as safety operations, operation of mechanical devices and naval operations.  A former US Navy commander, Mr. Daley holds a B.S. degree from the United States Naval Academy and a M.S. degree from the Naval Postgraduate School. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the states of Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.

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Ken Smith


GOAT Forensics

Ken Smith is a Naval Architect and Marine Engineer who has been working in the field of Forensic Engineering since 1995.  He has degrees from the US Naval Academy and University of Michigan.  He served in the US Navy for 22 years as an operating engineer on a ship, in design and acquisition of ships and shipboard equipment, and as a project manager for ship design and construction.  He was a naval salvage diving engineer as well.

After retiring as a commander in 1995, he worked as a forensic engineer and expert witness.  He worked for two firms and formed GOAT Forensics in 2019 after retiring from ESI.  Ken is a professional engineer in four states and spends several hours each week paddling the Colorado river in a six-man outrigger canoe with his canoe club.  GOAT is an acronym for the basic forensic process:  Gather information, Organize, Analyze, and Test, leading to testifying.


Patrick Duggan


Merrimac Insurance

Pat Duggan began his career with Merrimac Marine Insurance in the late 1990s starting out as a producer and eventually becoming president of the company. Prior to joining Merrimac, he worked in the technology industry for 10 years after getting his law degree.


Stephen Ellenbecker


Johnson & Bell

Stephen P. Ellenbecker concentrates his practice in the areas of product liability, construction, and general civil litigation. He works on litigation as both local and national counsel and coordinates scheduling, discovery and trial work with national and local counsels, respectively. He represents companies involved in the marine industry both for their marine products and mishaps at sea, including those involving Admiralty Law and the Jones Act.  By example, Mr. Ellenbecker recently represented a towboat company in an occupational illness claim made by an employee under the Jones Act.


Christina Paul


K&L Gates

Christina M. Paul is a partner in the litigation and dispute resolution practice group with emphasis on complex commercial litigation, products liability, and maritime matters. Christina’s clients include business entities in the recreational marine, hospitality, and transportation industries. Christina represents clients in state and federal court litigations and arbitrations. She has been admitted to practice in California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, and South Carolina.


Jeffrey Smith



Jeffrey Smith is a partner and litigation attorney with more than 30 years of experience representing national and international manufacturing clients, including marine, commercial equipment, automotive, furniture, and consumer products manufacturers. His practice also includes work with corporate and healthcare clients on governance and risk management issues.


Robert Taylor

Principal Engineer

Design Research Engineering

Robert's Bio is to come.