Sean T. Pribyl
Sean T. Pribyl is a business attorney in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office. Mr. Pribyl's practice focuses on maritime regulatory compliance matters, international law and trade, marine claims, autonomous transportation, civil litigation and dispute resolution, and white collar criminal law.
Mr. Pribyl combines a common sense legal approach with an emphasis on personal relationships with his clients, and brings to bear a significant background with more than 25 years of combined experience as a federal regulator, international maritime and trade attorney, U.S. Coast Guard officer and attorney (JAG), U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Special U.S. Attorney, merchant mariner deck officer and international protection and indemnity (P&I) club lawyer. With a focus on results, Mr. Pribyl combines the analytical with the practical to offer sound and timely advice on complex compliance matters so that clients can make informed decisions – to avoid potential issues. Mr. Pribyl has also forged a reputation as being an industry thought leader on developing areas of risk and innovation on the horizon to help clients stay "ahead of the game."
Mr. Pribyl has significant experience in working with clients in regulatory, litigation and compliance matters involving maritime and international trade. He leverages his operator and regulator background to help clients navigate complex and shifting regulatory compliance and enforcement landscapes involving the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Military Sealift Command (MSC), U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of State (DOS), U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and others.
Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Pribyl worked as a senior claims executive and lawyer in Arendal, Norway, with the world's largest P&I Club. Previously, he practiced law at an international law firm in Washington, D.C. Before entering private practice, Mr. Pribyl served as an attorney with the USCG and DOJ, as the primary legal advisor to the federal on-scene coordinator for the Deepwater Horizon Incident Management Team, and as the lead legal advisor to the joint National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)-USCG major marine casualty investigation and hearing into the allision between the M/V Delta Mariner and Eggners Ferry Bridge.
Prior to law school, Mr. Pribyl was a licensed ship master and worked for eight years as a licensed deck officer aboard offshore supply, container, roll-on/roll-off, break bulk and fiber-optic cable vessels. He also served for 12 years as a naval reserve officer.
Mr. Pribyl is a widely published author in treatises and publications, as well as a regular speaker at international legal and industry conferences and seminars. As a military veteran, Mr. Pribyl proudly represented veterans before the Board of Veterans' Appeals and volunteers significant time in matters involving defense of merchant mariners' credentials in USCG Suspension and Revocation proceedings.
- United States Naval War College, M.A., National Security and Strategic Studies
- Washburn University School of Law, J.D., Certificate of Concentration in International and Comparative Law
- United States Merchant Marine Academy, B.S.
- District of Columbia
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas
- Institute of International Economic Law Fellows Program, 2022
- World Maritime University-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute, Senior Advisor, 2021-Present
- Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute (SEALI), 2021-Present
- National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) Marine Board, 2018-Present
- Sub-committees: Zero Emissions Shipping; Offshore Wind/Energy; Maritime Policy; Cyber in the Marine Transportation System; Autonomous Ships, Vehicles, and Shipping
- Comité Maritime International, MASS International Workgroup, 2018-Present
- Maritime Law Association of the United States (MLAUS), Proctor in Admiralty; Cybersecurity Committee, 2017-Present; Chair, Regulation of Vessel Operations, Safety, Security and Navigation: Maritime Autonomous Surface Ships, 2021-Present
- American Bar Association (ABA)
- Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee (AMLC), Vice Chair, 2016-2018, 2021-Present
- Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division (GPSolo), Military Lawyers Committee Co-Chair, 2015-2016
- Propeller Club of Washington, D.C., 2017-Present
- American Chamber of Commerce Norway, Gard AS Liaison, 2019-2020
- The Legal 500 USA, Transport: Shipping - Litigation and Regulation, 2022
- Top Author, JD Supra Readers' Choice Awards (Transportation), 2022
- Holland & Knight Pro Bono All-Star, 2021
- Outstanding Young Military Lawyer Award, American Bar Association and Judge Advocates Association, 2015
- Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces National Award, U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)
- Commendation Medal, U.S. Coast Guard
- Judge Advocate General (JAG) Excellence in Field Regulations, U.S. Coast Guard
- Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, U.S. Coast Guard
- Meritorious Team Award, U.S. Coast Guard
- Special Operations Service, U.S. Coast Guard