Complex Litigation

Thomas M. Grasso is an accomplished commercial litigator with over 25 years of maritime and transportation industry experience. Now in his 17th year of law practice, Mr. Grasso is admitted to practice law in both the state and federal courts of New Jersey and New York.

Mr. Grasso's portfolio includes companies ranging from global Fortune 100 companies to small businesses. His clients include: manufacturers, traders, shippers, carriers, truckers, warehousemen, NVOCC's, brokers, forwarders, logistics providers, cargo owners, and their insurance underwriters and recovery agents.

He has successfully litigated cases involving a variety of goods including: chemicals & petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, heavy industrial machinery & project cargo, agricultural and mining commodities, precious metals, fresh fruits & vegetables, fresh & frozen seafood, fine art & specie, and consumer goods including electronics, textiles, cosmetics, fashion apparel and accessories.

Mr. Grasso's experience extends to matters concerning: Bills of Lading (all modes); international (UNCISG) & domestic (UCC) contracts for the sale of goods; vessel charter party disputes; charterer's legal liability; HAACP, cGMP & GDP practices; premises liability (marine terminals & vessels, ship yards & commercial buildings); yacht and recreational marine liability & warranty; vessel casualties & navigational errors; policy coverage for marine insurance & product liability; and defense of U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Midshipmen in Honor & Executive Boards.

Admissions
New York State Bar
New Jersey State Bar
U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey

Education
United States Merchant Marine Academy, B.S., Marine Transportation, 1991

University of Akron School of Law, J.D., 1997

Professional Memberships
Maritime Law Association of the United States (Proctor) (Carriage of Goods Committee)
Transportation Lawyers Association (Motor Carriage and Freight Committees)
American Institute of Marine Underwriters
International Refrigerated Transport Association
NY/NJ Foreign Freight Forwarders & Brokers Assn.
Foreign Commerce Club of New York
Newark Traffic Club
Connecticut Maritime Association
New Jersey State Bar Association