Areas of Practice Katie Matison is Chair of the London Practice Group. She concentrates her practice upon all aspects of marine complex litigation and transactions, and non-marine complex litigation, including: insurance coverage, reinsurance, pollution, environmental coverage disputes, regulatory shipping, cargo losses, collisions, personal injury, limitation of liability, marine insurance coverage, reinsurance, enforcement of maritime liens, Longshore and Harborworkers Compensation Act, maritime contractual disputes, vessel arrests and preferred vessel mortgages. She has been the Editor and principal author of the Firm’s international publication Admiralty News, now London Market News, since 1993.
Admitted to Practice Washington, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, U.S. Supreme Court, Ninth Circuit of Appeals, Fifth Circuit of Appeals, All Districts in Mississippi, Mississippi
Academics Tulane University School of Law (L.L.M. in Admiralty, with distinction) Edward A. Dodd, Jr. Award for highest scholastic average-Recipient, Tulane Maritime Law Journal-Member, Tulane University School of Law (J.D.), Tulane University (B.A., with honors),
Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships Chair, London Practice Group and Client Team, Admiralty and Maritime, Business Crisis Management and Emergency Remedies, Insurance, Railroad and Mass Transportation
Publications “Maritime Personal Injury,” LexisNexis Practice Guide, Washington Torts and Personal Injury (July 2014), “Making a Difference: Washington Lawyers Take Time to Help Out,” Super Lawyers magazine, Interviewed (July 2012), “The Port of Seattle — Celebrating a Century of Growth and Economic Achievement,” Seattle Business magazine (August 2011), “Avoiding the Lure of the Sirens’ Lair: Prohibitions Against the Shipment of Merchandise in Coastwise Trade Aboard Foreign Flagged Vessels,” Journal of Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy, Vol. 77, No. 4, Co-author (Fourth Quarter, 2010), “Floating Cities — The Economic Impact of Washington’s Luxury Cruise Industry,” Seattle Business magazine (August 2010), “Legal Impact of the Gulf Coast Oil Spill,” interviewed for Q&A feature by AVVO.com (May 2010), “The Big Business of Maritime Piracy and the Modern Corsair: Dead Men Tell No Tales,” Journal of Transportation Law, published by Association of Transportation Professionals, Vol. 76, No. 4 (Fourth Quarter, 2009), “What’s in the Box? An Overview of Domestic and International Developments in Port Security and Safe Carriage of Containerized Cargo,” Journal of Transportation Law, published by Association of Transportation Professionals, Vol. 76 No. 3 (Third Quarter, 2009), “International Comparison of Shipowners’ Limitation of Liability Scheme,” Lloyd’s Maritime Training Programme (October 2001), “Jurisdictional Anomalies Spawned by the Sinking of the RMS Titanic,” The Journal of Shipping Law, Lloyd’s of London Press, Part 4 (December 1999), “On the Eve of the Apocalypse: The Ramifications of the ISM Code on U.S. Maritime Law,” Shipping and Transport Lawyer International (1998), “An Historical Trek Through the Judicial Interpretations of Section 187 of the Limitation of Vesselowners Liability Act,” Tulane Maritime Law Journal, Vol. 17, #1 (Fall 1992), “Compulsory River Pilots,” Tulane Maritime Law Journal, Vol. 16, #2, The Maritime Law Reporter, Vol. 9, #5; Vol. 9, #2; Vol. 9, #1 (Spring 1992), Principal Author and Editor of International Firm Publication since 1993, Admiralty News, now London Market News
Speaking Engagements Katie Matison is a frequent lecturer concerning litigation, maritime and insurance coverage disputes. Some of her recent topics include: “Relevant Legal Strategies: Sounding Out the Port of Baltimore and Chesapeake Bay,” Association of Transportation Law Professionals’ 85th Annual Meeting, Moderator (June 23, 2014) “Maritime Contract and the Federal Arbitration Act — Defenses and Enforcement of Written Arbitration Provisions,” American Conference Institute’s Annual Admiralty and Maritime Claims and Litigation Forum (February 28, 2014) “When, if Ever, Does a Policyholder’s Breach of the Duty to Cooperate Affect Coverage Under Washington Law?” Lane Powell’s Washington State Insurance Coverage Webinar (August 27, 2013) “Welcoming Remarks,” Association of Transportation Law Professionals’ Transportation Forum IX (November 9, 2012) “Emerging Developments in the Marine Carriage of Cargo, the Impact of the Rotterdam Rules and Effect on Inland Carriage,” Association of Transportation Law Professionals’ 82nd Annual Meeting, Moderator (June 27, 2011) “Shipowners’ Statutory Right to Seek Exoneration from or Limitation of Liability from Marine Casualties,” Annual Meeting of the Association of Transportation Professionals, St. Michaels, Maryland (June 2010) “What’s in the Box — An Overview of Domestic and International Developments in Port Security,” 80th Annual Conference of the Association of Transportation Professionals, Denver, Colorado (June 29, 2009) “Maritime Modal Updates,” Association of Transportation Law Professionals, Williamsburg, Virginia (July 1, 2008) “Bad Faith,” Marine Insurance Association of Seattle (December 7, 2006) “Intermodal Transportation of Perishable Cargo from the Field and Pasture to Foreign Ports,” Association of Transportation Law Professionals, Seattle, Moderator (June 2006) “Avoiding the Bad Faith Nightmare,” Bad Faith Seminar, Lloyd’s of London, England, Moderator (December 2004) “Coverage Scenarios,” Construction Law Seminar, Lloyd’s of London, England (December 2003) “Comparison of Shipowners Limitation of Liability Schemes,” Lloyd’s Maritime Training Programme (October 2001) “Recent Developments in the Ninth Circuit,” Longshore Claims Association (June 2001) “Third Party Liability for Breach of E-Commerce Security Standards,” London Training Seminar (April 2001) “Cruise Lines and Pleasure Vessels: An Overview of Personal Injury and Death Claims and Remedies,” Federal Bar Association (November 1999) “The Additional Assured,” Marine Insurance Association of Seattle (January 1998) “Recent Development in Maritime Law,” The American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, San Francisco (Summer 1997) Awards and Honors AV Preeminent® in Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ Presidential Award, Washington Defense Trial Lawyers (2011) Presidential Award, Association of Transportation Law Professionals (2010, 2012) Named as a “Washington Super Lawyer,” Super Lawyers® magazine, Transportation/Maritime (2009-2016); “Top 50 Women Washington Super Lawyers” (2012-2015) Community Impact Award, American Heart Association Pacific/Mountain Affiliate for outstanding community involvement (September 2009) Professional and Community Activities Member, Tulane Maritime Law Journal, Board of Advisory Editors (2014-Present) Association of Transportation Law Professionals Past President / Ex Officio Board Member Immediate Past President (June 2013-June 2014) President (June 2012-June 2013) President-Elect (June 2011-June 2012) Treasurer (July 2010-June 2011) National Executive Committee Member, Regional Vice President (2007-2010) Chair, Maritime Committee, Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Chair, Publications Committee of the Journal of Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy American Bar Association Vice Chair, Marine Finance Committee Fellow, American Bar Foundation Proctor Member, Maritime Law Association of the United States and member of the Committee on Limitation of Liability Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyer Honorary Society (2009) Member, Federal Bar Association Member, Longshore Claims Association Member, Defense Research Institute Board Member, American Heart Association (2003-2012) Former Board Member, Seattle Young Artists Music Festival Former Officer of the Board of Trustees of the Northwest Chamber Orchestra Former Reading Coach for Adult Literacy Program Procured American Bar Association Town Hall Grant for Adult Literacy Program
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