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Daniel G. McDermott

Senior Counsel
Co-Chair, Maritime Litigation Practice Group
Wall Street Plaza
88 Pine Street, 21st Floor
New York, NY 10005
(212) 376-6432
(212) 376-6490 - Fax
dgmcdermott@mdwcg.com

Since 1979, Dan McDermott has handled all types of civil litigation including maritime personal injury cases and complex insurance litigation. In addition to his litigation skills, Dan has been very active in the maritime and marine insurance field.  Dan has been a director of the Marine & Insurance Claims Association for 30 years and has been its only president since it was incorporated in 1991. He has also been active in the Maritime Law Association of the United States (MLA), having served on the Board of Directors and written two amicus curiae briefs to the United States Supreme Court on the organization's behalf.

Dan has concentrated his practice primarily in defense of marine construction projects around the New York City Metropolitan area. He frequently represents general contractors, vessel owners, municipalities and their agencies in suits brought by longshore and harbor workers. Dan is often asked by clients and industry organizations to lecture on the interplay between federal maritime law and New York labor law.

Dan has been recognized in Chambers USA from 2005 - present as a leading lawyer in shipping litigation. As reported to Chambers by peers and clients, they note Dan "has extensive litigation experience covering personal injury, insurance coverage, and cargo litigation and attracts praise for his 'astute mind and practical, straight-shooting approach.' Clients add 'talented and knowledgeable....always 100% committed to the case.'"

In 2014, Dan was selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an honorary society of trial lawyers. He has also been recognized as a New York Metro Super Lawyer for the past ten years, and he has been named to Best Lawyers in America® from 2009 to present.

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Maritime Construction Accidents: To Longshore or To Labor Law - THAT is the Question, Client Seminar,  New York, NY, August 2017

  • New Rules and Regulations With a Marine Insurance Impact, Marine Insurance Day, Baruch College, New York City, NY, October, 2016

  • Successfully Navigating U.S. Admiralty Law - Bad Faith Claims and Punitive Damages Under  U.S. Maritime Law, Client Seminar, London, England, September 2015

  • Incoterms, Zurich Insurance Marine Division, April 2015

  • Impact of Long Shore and New York Labor Law, the Jones Act and McBride Decision on Punitive Damages Under Maritime Law, Navigators Insurance Marine Department, April 2015

  • Uniformity of Maritime Law in a Global Context, Maritime Law Association (MLA) and Instituto Iberoamericano de Derecho Maritimo, October 2013

  • Pitfalls and Obstacles to Avoid in Multimodal Movements. Does COGSA or the Carmack Amendment Apply?, Traveler Marine Subrogation Department, July 2011

  • Does the Longshore Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act Preempt New York State Labor Law in Marine Construction Accidents?, Marine Claims and Recovery Forum, March 2011

  • Strategic Planning Conference, American Institute of Marine Underwriters (AIMU), June 2010

  • AIMU/MICA, Global Networking Conference, Keynote Speaker and Panelist, Atlantic City, New Jersey, 2009

  • Punitive Damages in Maritime Law, Maritime Law Association of the United States, 2008

  • Uniformity of Maritime Law, New York City; Uniformity of Maritime Law, Maritime Law Association of the United States, Ft. Meyers, Florida, 2007

  • Rule B Attachments - Electronic Funds Transfer, Marine Claims Managers, New York City, 2006

  • Vessel & Seaman Status, Maritime Law Association of the United States, New York City

Published Works

  • "Hanks' Latest Film is One Firm's History: James Donovan, the Subject of a Spielberg Movie, Served as an Inspiration to a New York Lawyer," The National Law Journal, October 19, 2015

  • "Does the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act Preempt New York State Labor Law in Maritime Construction Accident Cases?" DEFENDANT, (Journal of the Defense Association of New York) Winter 2015

  • "Federal Maritime Law Preempts State Law Remedies for Incident Occuring On a Vessel On Navigable Water," Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 3, September 2010

  • Amicus Brief in Support of Petitioner in the Case of Magnolia Industrial Fabricators v. Devon Louisiana Corp. on Appeal to the Supreme Court From the Fifth Circuit, Co-Author

Education

  • New York Law School, New York, New York (J.D., 1975)

  • Le Moyne College (B.A., 1971)

Past Employment Positions

  • McDermott & Radzik

Defense Digest Article December 1, 2011
What is maritime law? The terms "maritime" and "admiralty" are frequently used interchangeably. "Admiralty" refers to the body of law and procedures that govern matters related to the carriage of goods or passengers on..., Defense Digest, Vol. 17, No. 4, December 2011
Defense Digest Article September 1, 2010
New York - Maritime , Key Points: Choice of law--federal maritime or state labor law--can have profound effect. Structure on navigable water can be classified as "vessel" if capable of being used as a..., Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 3, September 2010
Defense Digest Article June 1, 2010
Office windows overlooking the South Street Seaport and the Brooklyn Bridge, which spans the East River between Manhattan and Brooklyn, provide a perfect nautical setting for MDWC&G's newest addition to the firm. We are proud to announce..., Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 2, June 2010
Dec 6, 2016
Obtained summary judgment in a maritime case, dismissing the plaintiff’s complaint and the defendants’ cross-claims against The City of New York and the New York City Economic Development Corp. (NYCEDC). ​The suit was for personal...
Aug 25, 2016
Successfully defended the general contractor on a project to rehabilitate the Tappan Zee Bridge after a six-day bench trial in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Our client chartered a barge as a floating work platform...
September 21, 2017
Five attorneys from the Manhattan office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin and one from the firm's Mount Laurel, New Jersey office, have been selected to the 2017 edition of New York Metro Super Lawyers magazine. A Thomson Reuters business, Super Lawyers is a rating service of...
May 26, 2017
The Maritime Litigation Practice Group in the New York City office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, has been recognized among the top national maritime practices in the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Recognized in the Nationwide:...
September 22, 2016
Six attorneys from the Manhattan office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin have been selected to the 2016 edition of New York Metro Super Lawyers magazine. A Thomson Reuters business, Super Lawyers is a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a...
June 6, 2016
The Maritime Litigation Practice Group in the New York City office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, has been recognized among the top national maritime practices in the 2016 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Recognized in the Nationwide:...
October 6, 2015
Six attorneys from the New York offices of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin have been recognized in the 2015 edition of New York Metro Super Lawyers magazine. A Thomson Reuters business, Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have...
May 19, 2015
The Maritime Litigation Practice Group in the New York City office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, has once again been recognized among the top national maritime practices in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Recognized in the Nationwide:...
August 6, 2014
Daniel G. McDermott, shareholder and Co-Chair of the Maritime Litigation Practice Group in the Manhattan office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, has been named a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA). The LCA is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-...
May 30, 2014
The Maritime Litigation Practice Group in the New York City office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, has been recognized among the top national maritime practices by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Recognized in the Nationwide: Transportation: Shipping:...
January 4, 2010
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin  is pleased to announce the addition of the maritime litigation attorneys Daniel McDermott and Edward Radzik, as well as seven of theircolleagues. This dedicated group of admiralty attorneys will not only enhance MDWC&G's maritime practice, but will...

Education

  • New York Law School (J.D., 1975)
  • LeMoyne College (B.A., 1971)

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit, 2016
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court Central District of Illinois, 2008
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2009

Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Irish American Bar Association of New York
  • Marine Insurance Claims Association, Board of Directors
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • New York State Bar Association

Honors & Awards

Year Joined Organization: 2009

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