Hinshaw & Culbertson Adds Four Maritime Attorneys to its San Francisco Office; Continues Growth Following Merger

April 13, 2015

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP announced today that it has expanded its San Francisco office with the addition of Forrest Booth as a Partner, Pamela Schultz as a Partner, Phillip Barilovits as Senior Counsel, and Bradley H. Pace as an Associate. On March 31, 2015, the attorneys joined Hinshaw from Severson & Werson in San Francisco.

"We are extremely pleased to welcome this group of attorneys to our firm," says Robert J. Romero, partner in charge of the San Francisco office. "Their capabilities enhance our firm-wide focus on representing the insurance industry and its many varied interests both domestically and abroad."

The new group launches the firm's formal Maritime practice and bolsters the  maritime experience already established by San Francisco Partners David J. McMahon and John "Jack" S. Pierce who came to Hinshaw with the October 2014 merger of Barger & Wolen. The merger with Barger & Wolen brought international capabilities to Hinshaw with the addition of a London Office. That move also expanded the insurance and reinsurance practices to 120 attorneys worldwide.  

"The international platform at Hinshaw & Culbertson was very attractive to us because we represent many of the London Market insurers," says Booth. "Seventy-five percent of our practice focuses on maritime coverage and it's growing substantially. We needed the substantial resources of Hinshaw to support it."

Donald L. Mrozek, Chairman of Hinshaw says, "California and London are a significant part of our firm's strategic plan so we are particularly excited with the depth of expertise brought by this exceptional team of attorneys in these markets."

Forrest Booth focuses his practice on insurance and reinsurance with particular emphasis on defense of claims and business disputes involving litigation, admiralty and maritime claims, insurance coverage, marine insurance, energy matters including oil and gas. Mr. Booth served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy from 1968-1972. He is a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States and Pacific Admiralty Seminar Steering Committee (PAS).

Pamela L. Schultz is a litigator with a broad range of experience in state and federal 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 is a member of the American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice Section, Vice-Chair of Admiralty and Maritime Committee and the Maritime Law Association of the United States.

Bradley H. Pace focuses his practice in insurance services, with particular emphasis in maritime and aviation law. He drafts legal memorandum, motions, appeals, contracts and agreements. He is involved in all phases of the litigation process and has substantial knowledge of Jones Act claims, cargo loss, seaman and captain's duties, limitation of liability, pollution regulation and navigable waterway rights He is also a member of the U.S. Maritime Law Association. Prior to his legal career, Mr. Pace worked in the maritime industry as a licensed ship captain, officer, engineer, and seaplane pilot.

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP is a U.S. based law firm with offices in 11 states and London. The firm's national reputation spans the insurance industry, the professional services sector—including representation of law firms and lawyers—and other highly regulated industries, such as banking and finance and the debt collection sector. Hinshaw also provides a series of closely coordinated litigation, business advisory and transactional services to clients of all sizes as well as governmental and public sector entities.