Overview

Allison N. Skopec is a New York-based asset finance attorney who focuses her practice on a broad range of international and domestic transactional, litigation and regulatory compliance matters in the areas of maritime, aviation, environmental and technology.

Ms. Skopec has wealth of knowledge and experience with:

  • vessel secured financings and lease financings
  • administrative counseling and transaction structuring, including Jones Act compliance, and matters involving the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD)
  • shipboard maritime pollution/International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) investigations and enforcement matters
  • commercial negotiations and dispute resolution involving charter parties, service contracts and other transportation-related agreements, including those related to demurrage, detention and drayage issues
  • regulatory compliance counseling related to the Coast Guard, Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) and MARAD
  • trade sanctions, including Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designations
  • government contracts diligence and counseling, including cybersecurity compliance, including application of Section 889 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) and Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) and compliance issues for federal contractors
  • maritime bankruptcies and restructuring
  • diligence and compliance counseling related to trucking leasing and operational regulations under Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) application of autonomous technology, including unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to the transportation sector
  • offshore energy industry maritime matters
  • complex copyright litigation experience under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, Telecommunications Act and Cable Communications Policy Act

Ms. Skopec maintains an active pro bono practice, including representing individuals seeking immigration asylum and Violence Against Women Act protections, parole system reform and environmental law matters. Additionally, she served as a Pro Bono Fellow at the New York Civil Liberties Union.

Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Ms. Skopec worked as a maritime and litigation attorney for an international law firm in its New York office.

During law school, Ms. Skopec was a student attorney for the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic, where she managed administrative and environmental law cases related to the National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Water Act, National Historic Preservation Act and Superfund litigation. She was also the senior online editor for the Tulane Maritime Law Journal.

Credentials

Education
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D.
  • Trinity University, B.A., Environmental Studies and Studio Art; Minor in Art History
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • New York
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
Memberships
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States (MLAUS), Subcommittee on Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships (MASS), Secretary, 2021-Present
  • American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee, Membership Vice Chair, 2018-Present; Law Student Writing Competition, Vice Chair, 2018-Present
  • New York City Bar Association, Admiralty Committee, Secretary, 2021-2023
  • Tulane Maritime Law Journal, Alumni Mentor, 2018-Present
  • Tulane Public Interest Law Foundation, Tulane University Law School, President, 2016-2017
Honors & Awards
  • Tulane 34 Award for Exemplary Leadership, Service, and Academic Excellence, Tulane University Law School, 2018
  • Certificate of Specialization in Admiralty & Maritime Law, Tulane University Law School, 2018
  • The Martin J. Davies Award for Exceptional Dedication, Tulane University Law School, 2017-2018
  • Jackson-Ryan Pro Bono Advocate Award, Tulane University Law School, 2018
  • American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section (ABA TIPS), Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee (AMLC) and Gard National Writing Competition, Winner, 2017, 2018
Spoken Languages
  • English
  • German

Publications

Speaking Engagements