Michael Lignos is a senior litigation associate in the firm’s New York office. He represents international shipping companies and individuals in complex commercial disputes and criminal enforcement proceedings and investigations governed by U.S. federal and international public law.
Mr. Lignos defends international shipowners, operators, and crewmembers in investigations by U.S. authorities into alleged violations of the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS). He has engaged in cross-border discovery and document collection, conducted witness interviews, participated in negotiations with the U.S. Department of Justice and other enforcement authorities, and has taken part in pre-indictment motion practice, oral arguments, and other stages of criminal proceedings. Mr. Lignos also provides compliance advice pertaining to environmental regulations under U.S. statutes and international treaties, including for example the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, the Clean Water Act, the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) and the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).
Mr. Lignos also has extensive experience advising shipping companies in commercial disputes relating to charterparty agreements, cargo damage claims, limitation of liability actions, marine insurance coverage, and vessel and cargo arrests and attachments in the U.S. and abroad.
Additionally, Mr. Lignos has experience in white collar criminal defense, securities enforcement, and internal investigations. In his career, Mr. Lignos has worked in New York and Paris with domestic and international clients, providing advice and strategy to clients in anti-racketeering and anti-corruption investigations following allegations of misconduct.
Mr. Lignos is fluent in Greek.