Michael Chalos has been practicing maritime law for more than 35 years. During such time, Mr. Chalos has handled a number of matters involving traditional maritime issues such as collisions, groundings, failure of equipment, damage to cranes and offshore rigs, cargo and other damages, general average, personal injury and other Jones Act issues, Death on the High Seas Act, arrests, insurance (relating to cargo, P&I, hull, indemnity and general liability), including issues involving Certificates of Financial Responsibility (COFRs) for both vessels and off-shore rigs and platforms, the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA), the Clean Water Act and other environmental related statutes, dealing with the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund (OSLTF) and related governmental agencies such as the Coast Guard, EPA, Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement (BOEMRE), and its sub-agencies, as well as commercial disputes, drafting of charter parties and other lease agreements, Memorandum of Agreements for the sale and purchase of vessels, Management Agreements, pooling arrangements and agreements, registration of vessels in U.S. and other jurisdictions around the world, financing of vessel purchases and leasing. Michael is a Member of the United States Maritime Law Association and a Proctor in Admiralty.
Mr. Chalos also has extensive experience advising clients on civil and criminal environmental law matters. In addition to his traditional maritime practice, Mr. Chalos has represented a number of clients involved in high-profile civil and criminal environmental litigation. This has included the successful defense of the masters of the Exxon Valdez oil tanker and Selendang Ayu cargo ship, as well as numerous United States and foreign-based corporations, ship owners, managers, operators, and crew who were the targets of criminal investigations by the U.S. government. In addition to the Exxon Valdez matter, Michael has represented owners, operators, and/or underwriters involved in major pollution casualties, including the Morris J. Berman, the Buffalo 405, the Cape Mohican, the Bermuda Islander, the Athos I, and the Cosco Busan.