Vincent J. Foley is a New York attorney in Holland & Knight's Maritime Practice Group. His practice focuses on the areas of international shipping and transportation-related contracts, litigation and arbitration.

Mr. Foley has experience in all aspects of pretrial discovery, depositions and trials in federal courts and has conducted numerous arbitrations. He has advised clients in connection with multiple, high-profile marine incidents and transportation contract disputes, including:

  • vessel casualties, groundings, sinkings, collisions, oil pollution, and damage to subsea cables and pipelines, as well as related litigation proceedings under the Shipowner's Limitation of Liability Act, the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, et al.
  • arbitration of maritime contract disputes involving charter party safe port/safe berth issues, general average, offshore supply contracts and agency agreements
  • litigation of terminal operator-related disputes involving joint venture agreements, business sale and purchase agreements, long-term port concession agreements and related transactions
  • enforcement of maritime liens, security for maritime claims under Admiralty Rules B and C, as well as ancillary discovery proceedings

Mr. Foley has represented marine terminal operators in connection with drafting of terminal service agreements, marine schedules (tariffs), maintenance and repair contracts, related vendor and equipment agreements, regulatory and licensing issues, as well as all terminal-related operational or support agreements.

Mr. Foley has advised clients on environmental liability issues and compliance with regulations for vessels operating in U.S. waters. He has led oil pollution prevention seminars, formal response drills and oil spill response training for industry clients. He has negotiated long-term time charters, modification and repair agreements, as well as participated in development of an offshore oil spill emergency response system.  

In the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon Gulf Coast oil spill (May 2010), Mr. Foley testified before the U.S. Congress, House of Representatives and Committee on the Judiciary, as an industry expert on the OPA 90 oil spill compensation and liability scheme.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Foley graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and worked as a licensed officer for two years on U.S. flag vessels. He holds a limited U.S. Master's License and unlimited U.S. Third Mate and Third Assistant Engineer licenses.



  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., with honors
  • United States Merchant Marine Academy, B.S., cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • New York
  • Connecticut
Court Admissions
  • All Federal Courts in New York
  • All State Courts in New York
  • All State Courts in Connecticut
  • All Federal Courts in Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States, Board of Directors, June 2008-2009; May 2017-May 2020
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States, Secretary, International Organizations, Conventions and Standards; Salvage Committee; Arbitration and ADR Committee; and Torts & Casualties Committee
  • International Bar Association, Maritime and Transportation Committee
  • New York City Bar Association, Admiralty Committee
Honors & Awards
  • Who's Who Legal: Transport, Shipping, 2015, 2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Admiralty & Maritime Law, 2013-2020
  • New York Super Lawyers magazine, 2010, 2013-2019
  • Tulane Maritime Law Journal, Managing Editor, 1995-1996


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