Gerald A. Morrissey III

Partner

Overview

Gerald Morrissey is a maritime and international trade attorney in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office. Mr. Morrissey focuses his practice on the development, financing and operation of maritime- and international trade-related companies and projects. He regularly advises clients on transportation and trade contracting and regulatory compliance matters, offshore energy industry maritime matters, and vessel ownership and operating matters.

Mr. Morrissey's transactional experience includes a wide range of maritime-related investments and acquisitions, operational contracting (e.g., charters and vessel use agreements) and diverse finance matters.  Mr. Morrissey has represented numerous institutional lenders as well as corporate borrower-side clients, on asset-backed corporate lending, vessel and equipment lease finance, private placement debt and structured finance projects.   

A significant portion of Mr. Morrissey's practice also involves administrative counseling and transaction structuring, including Jones Act compliance, and matters involving the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Maritime Administration and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. He has substantial maritime litigation experience before the Federal Maritime Commission, and in federal district and appellate courts involving federal maritime law and U.S. Shipping Act matters. He also has substantial experience with shipboard maritime pollution/MARPOL investigations and enforcement matters in U.S. and foreign ports.

Mr. Morrissey's combination of maritime transactional and regulatory experience has had particular application to the offshore energy and renewable energy industries. He has represented numerous clients with traditional offshore oil and gas infrastructure and transportation projects. In the developing offshore wind industry, he has advised clients on offshore turbine supply and installation contracts; operation and maintenance contracts; construction, dredging and cable laying matters (including Jones Act compliance); state and federal law jurisdiction, employment and liability matters; and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, and U.S. Coast Guard permitting and regulatory matters.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Morrissey was a maritime attorney for an international law firm in its Washington, D.C., office.

Credentials

Education
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., cum laude
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst, B.A., cum laude
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • District of Columbia
  • Massachusetts
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts
Memberships
  • Tulane Maritime Law Journal, Editor-in-Chief
Honors & Awards
  • The Legal 500 USA, Transport: Shipping-Finance; Transport: Shipping-Litigation; Transport: Shipping-Regulation, 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America Guide, Admiralty and Maritime Law, 2020

Publications

Speaking Engagements