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Pamela Schultz is a litigator with a broad range of experience in federal and state courts in jurisdictions across the nation. Her specific experience includes the litigation of admiralty and maritime matters, as well as product liability and general liability litigation. She also provides insurance coverage advice.

Ms. Schultz has wide-ranging experience in admiralty and maritime litigation. It includes cargo claims, personal injury defense, product liability, charter party disputes, marine insurance, ship arrests and attachments, collisions and maritime liens. Her representation of clients includes protection and indemnity clubs and their members, vessel owners, charterers and terminals. Ms. Schultz is actively involved in many professional and trade associations. Ms. Schultz is presently serving a three-year term on the Board of Directors of The Maritime Law Association of the United States. She is also a vice-chair of the Admiralty and Maritime Committee of the American Bar Association.

Ms. Schultz has also represented manufacturers and suppliers in product liability litigation. Her prior experience includes the litigation of food product toxic exposure and manufacturing defect matters.

Professional Background

Prior to joining Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Ms. Schultz practiced admiralty and maritime law at Freehill Hogan & Mahar in New York and Severson & Werson in San Francisco. She also practiced in New Orleans at the firm of Frilot LLC. She is licensed to practice in California, New York, Louisiana, New Jersey and Connecticut.

In October 2014, Ms. Schultz was seconded to the Piraeus office of SKULD, one of the members of the International Group of P&I Clubs.

Professional Affiliations

  • The Maritime Law Association of the United States, Director, 2014–2017
  • American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section, Vice-Chair of Admiralty and Maritime Committee
  • The Maritime Law Association of the United States, Proctor Member
  • Pacific Admiralty Seminar Steering Committee, Member

Representative Matters

  • Representation of vessel owner in limitation action following capsizing of pleasure boat in wrongful death lawsuit
  • Representation of commercial dive boat operator in wrongful death lawsuit following dive accident
  • Representation of dock owner in lawsuit following vessel allision with dock
  • Representation of terminal operators and stevedoring companies in defense of Longshore & Harbor Workers Compensation Act lawsuits
  • Representation of vessel owners in cargo and charter party disputes
  • Representation of commercial dive boat operator in wrongful death lawsuit following hurricane

Presentations

  • "Novel Issues With Respect to Limitation of Liability: Can Vessel Owners Limit Liability to a Certain Value?," ACI's 4th Annual Forum on Admiralty & Maritime Claims and Litigation, Houston, Texas, February 4, 2015. 
  • Whose Job is it Anyway?,"Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Claims: Defending and Managing New and Emerging Claims Including Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress, Negligence Per Se, Physical Stress, Duty to Warn, and More," ACI's 3rd Annual Forum on Admiralty & Maritime Claims and Litigation, Houston, Texas, February 27, 2014.  
  • "In the Wake of Baker and Townsend," Maritime Law Association Fall Meeting, 2011.
  • Marine Insurance Masterclass, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2012.

Publications

  • "The Dorothy J - A Missed Opportunity," American Bar Association Admiralty and Maritime Newsletter, Summer 2011.
  • "In the Wake of Baker and Townsend," Benedict's Maritime Bulletin, Fourth Quarter 2011.

Education

J.D., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2000

B.S., Accounting, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1997

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