Michael J. Frevola is a litigator focusing on the areas of admiralty and commercial litigation. He has tried cases, argued motions and briefed and argued appeals before federal and state courts. He has represented clients in federal mediations and maritime and commercial arbitrations and has conducted shipboard and overseas investigations in support of maritime litigation and to perform owners' due diligence.

In the admiralty and maritime field, Mr. Frevola focuses on Rule B maritime attachments and Rule C arrests, lien priority and maritime bankruptcy disputes, charter party disputes, seamen's wage and penalty wage disputes and collision litigation. In the context of Rule B maritime attachments, Mr. Frevola has represented plaintiffs and defendants in numerous proceedings involving both the attachment of electronic funds transfers and other assets such as vessels, cargo, bunkers, bank accounts and other property nationwide. He has been published and has spoken multiple times internationally regarding Rule B maritime attachments. In the lien priority/bankruptcy context, Mr. Frevola has represented lenders in several significant bankruptcies or workouts, including the Millenium Seacarriers bankruptcy adversary proceedings. In the charter party context, Mr. Frevola has represented numerous tanker owners and bulker owners in disputes related to claims concerning freight, deadfreight, demurrage, misdelivery, vessel underperformance, unseaworthiness and other breaches of charter parties. In the wage dispute context, Mr. Frevola has defended shipowners in crew wage class actions.

In the commercial litigation and arbitration fields, Mr. Frevola concentrates on real property foreclosures, predatory lending claims, defense and judgment enforcement proceedings, commercial arbitrations concerning claimed breaches of various sales or franchising agreements and issues pertaining to First Amendment rights. 

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Frevola served as an officer in the United States Navy from 1988 to 1992 aboard the USS Santa Barbara (AE 28). While aboard the Santa Barbara, Mr. Frevola gained extensive experience in the areas of deck and cargo operations, engineering, navigation, shiphandling, damage control and shipboard helicopter operations. He participated in numerous naval evolutions and exercises, including operations "Desert Shield" and "Desert Storm." 

Mr. Frevola served as the managing editor of articles of the Hofstra Labor Law Journal while attending Hofstra University School of Law.

Representative Engagements

Quoted and Cited Articles

  • Quoted, "Blue Whale Scores Corporate Veil Piercing Legal Victory in New York," Tradewinds, July 26, 2013 
  • Quoted, "Golden and Eitzen Clinch Rule B Claim," Tradewinds, April 1, 2010
  • Quoted, "Court Takes 'Soft' Line on Rule B Issue," Tradewinds (Quote of the Week), April 22, 2010
  • Quoted, "Rule B Appeal Creates Claims Uncertainty - Front Carriers' Stay Order the First Since Jaldhi Where a Party With Attached EFTs Has Held Onto the Money," Lloyd's List, March 29, 2010
  • Quoted, "Court Agrees to Hear Rule B Revival," Lloyd's List, March 26, 2010
  • Quoted, "Rule B Revival is Rejected - U.S. Supreme Court Judges Refuse to Grant Further Appeal By SCI," Lloyd's List, March 25, 2010
  • Quoted, "Impending Appeal Decision is Latest Rule B Watershed - U.S. Supreme Court Will Decide On Friday Whether Key Appeal Can Be Heard," Lloyd's List, March 17, 2010
  • Quoted, "Rule B Filings On Track As Normal," Tradewinds, April 24, 2009
  • Quoted, "Owners Advised To Set Up In New York To Avoid Money Freeze," Tradewinds, November 15, 2007
  • Cited, "Legal Eagle," World Bunkering Electronic Magazine, Spring 2010
  • Cited, "Lawyers in New Bid to Seize Funds," Tradewinds, December 23, 2009
  • Cited, "Lawyers Chasing More Rule B Cash," Tradewinds, December 4, 2009


  • Casualty: represented the P&I insurers of a barge, the Texas, in obtaining a contribution from the hull insurers for damages payments made to cable owners following an anchor-drag incident that led to a $30 million claim for subsea cable damages


  • Hofstra University School of Law, J.D., with distinction in all subjects
  • Duke University, B.A., History
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States, Practice and Procedure Committee
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States, Subcommittee on Maritime Liens and Ship Mortgages, Chairman
  • American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section, Admiralty and Maritime Committee, Vice Chair, 2009-2010, Newsletter Co-Editor, 2007-2009
Honors & Awards
  • The Best of the Best USA, Shipping and Maritime, Legal Media Group's Expert Guides, 2019
  • Who's Who Legal: Transport, Shipping, 2015-2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Admiralty & Maritime Law, 2014-2019
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Transportation: Shipping: Litigation (New York), 2009-2019  
  • New York Super Lawyers magazine, 2010-2018


Speaking Engagements