Clayton J. Vignocchi is a New York attorney and a member of Holland & Knight's Maritime Practice Group. His practice encompasses a broad range of domestic and international maritime matters arising out of charter party and contract breaches, marine terminal schedules, collisions/allisions, limitation of liability, salvage, maritime liens, regulatory and licensing issues, international conventions, marine propulsion casualties, bad bunker claims, environmental compliance, ballast water management, ship mortgages and marine insurance.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Vignocchi graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and sailed for several years on his Coast Guard license as a senior engineering officer on U.S. flag vessels. During that time, Mr. Vignocchi worked for the U.S. Navy's Military Sealift Command, where he completed multiple deployments with the Fifth, Sixth and Seventh fleets supporting the U.S. Navy and allied forces around the world. In addition to his commercial sailing experience, Mr. Vignocchi has supervised multiple shipyard repairs and dry-docking operations in both U.S. and foreign shipyards. He currently holds and maintains a Chief Engineer Unlimited license (National and STCW).
In addition to his degree from Tulane University Law School, Mr. Vignocchi also obtained a certificate in Admiralty and Maritime Law. While at Tulane, Mr. Vignocchi served as president of the Maritime Law Society and as notes and comments editor of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal.
Mr. Vignocchi is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and previously served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Naval Reserve, Strategic Sealift Officer Program.
Mr. Vignocchi regularly writes about topics pertaining to maritime and contributes to the Holland & Knight Transportation Blog.
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