Clayton J. Vignocchi

Clayton J. Vignocchi


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, limitation of liability, salvage, maritime liens, regulatory and licensing, international conventions, marine propulsion casualties, bad bunker claims, environmental compliance, ballast water management, ship mortgages and marine insurance, as well as collisions and other accidents.

In addition to his degree at 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.

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 conducted numerous shipyard repairs and dry-docking operations in both U.S. and foreign shipyards. He currently holds a Chief Engineer Unlimited license.

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.


  • Tulane University Law School, J.D.
  • United States Merchant Marine Academy, B.S., Marine Engineering Systems, minor in Environmental Engineering
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • New Jersey
  • New York
Court Admissions
  • All State Courts in New York
  • All State Courts in New Jersey
  • 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 Northern District of New York
  • All Federal Courts in New Jersey
  • All Federal Courts in Connecticut
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States, Dinner Committee, 2017-2018
  • American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee
  • New York County Bar Association
Honors & Awards
  • Global War On Terrorism Civilian Service Medal, U.S. Department of Defense