Marisa Marinelli is an attorney in the Litigation Section of Holland & Knight's New York office and serves on the firm's Directors Committee.
Ms. Marinelli is an arbitration advocate and trial attorney whose practice focuses on the litigation and arbitration of disputes arising in connection with international commercial contracts and transactions. She represents clients in all phases of the dispute resolution process (drafting and advising on dispute resolution provisions, analysis of claims, pre-dispute settlement negotiations and mediation, arbitration or litigation of claims, post-judgment recovery, and appeals), with a focus on disputes that involve the international sale of goods, particularly in the energy and raw materials sectors; transportation contracts; post-M&A representation and warranty disputes; insurance coverage disputes; and commercial disputes. She also has represented clients in matters concerning marine casualties; environmental claims; sovereign immunity issues; the Oil Pollution Act of 1990; Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA); and shipping-company workouts.
Ms. Marinelli's representative engagements include:
In addition, Ms. Marinelli's non-litigation practice includes drafting, reviewing, negotiating and advising on commercial agreements and transactions, including letters of credit, international distribution and marketing agreements, energy-related purchase and sale agreements, and transportation agreements. She also provides support to teams doing due diligence in transactions involving these sectors.
In a notable pro bono matter, Ms. Marinelli represented the Committee to Save St. Brigid's, a group of parishioners and preservationists, in an action against the Archdiocese of New York. That action sought to save an historic church built by Irish shipwrights in the 1840s from demolition. With an appeal pending before the New York Court of Appeals, an anonymous "angel" donated more than $20 million to restore the Church. See Frances Robles, "A New Beginning for a Church Where Demolition Once Started," The New York Times, Jan. 27, 2013.
Ms. Marinelli has published articles on pre-arbitration requirements in dispute resolution clauses, appeals of arbitral awards, third-party discovery in arbitration, the neutrality of arbitrators, the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, and CERCLA and the carriage of dangerous goods and hazardous substances. She is currently working on a chapter for a book on maritime arbitration addressing the topic of compelling arbitration.
While at Hofstra University School of Law, she was editor-in-chief of the Law Review.
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