Neil Quartaro

Neil Quartaro
Of Counsel


T: +1 212 922 2200
D: +1 212 922 2214
M: +1 917 370 6933

Summary Open

Neil is Of Counsel in the Dispute Resolution group. His areas of focus include commercial litigation and arbitration matters (particularly those involving international or maritime issues), international contract disputes, creditors’ rights in US bankruptcy proceedings, obtaining pre- and post-judgment security, and vessel foreclosure. He also works on international and domestic transactions in the transportation sector, particularly those with maritime legal issues.

Neil is the immediate past Chair of the New York State Bar Association (“NYSBA”), International Section. He also co-chairs the NYSBA International Section Transportation Committee and is the Secretary of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Committee of the Maritime Law Association.

Neil lectures at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (“SIPA”), where he teaches Maritime Transportation, Law & Public Policy, a graduate-level course offered to SIPA and business school students by the Center for Energy, Marine Transportation & Public Policy (“CEMTPP”).  Neil serves on the research team at CEMTPP, which is conducting academic and commercial research on the public policy response to strategic issues in marine transportation and the movement of energy supplies globally in light of the current economic climate.

Experience Open

    Neil’s experience includes:
    • Advising Space Shipping in relation to a US$7.3m arbitration award made in its favour arising out of a breach of a charter agreement made between it and ST Shipping & Transport Pte Ltd., a subsidiary of Glencore International AG, to pick up a crude oil shipment in Venezuela.
    • Representing a port authority in Chapter 15 bankruptcy proceeding after the collapse of a major container carrier and obtaining an order lifting the stay to allow the sale of cargo containers to pay off accrued storage charges owed to the port.
    • Advising and representing Japanese lender in US maritime bankruptcy, including global foreclosure and enforcement actions on 12 vessels.
    • Advising and represented mortgagee-in-possession in sale of vessel.
    • Representing Asian-based lender in breach of contract for the sale of a vessel in Singapore arbitration.
    • Representing major Canadian bank in US maritime bankruptcy, including enforcement issues.
    • Representing junior lenders in US maritime bankruptcy.
    • Advising and representing major shipping concern in acquisition of German KG.
    • Representing iron ore and commodities trader in dispute with purchaser.
    • Advising private equity concern on US and international LNG infrastructure and transportation project.
    • Defending Norwegian offshore owner and operator from vessel attachment and arrest in US.

Education Open

  • 2002: Fordham School of Law, New York, New York Juris Doctor
  • 1998: York University, Toronto, Canada Specialized B.A. in International Relations

Author/Speaker/Awards Open

Neil is regularly interviewed on the radio and television, and, in addition to the public speaking engagements listed below, is regularly interviewed and quoted in leading maritime and business publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Fairplay, Global Restructuring Review, and Tradewinds.
  • Selected in 2017 New York Metro Super Lawyers list.
  • International Insolvency Institute, Latin America Regional Conference, Speaker, “Shipping Bankruptcy:  What Port in a Storm” (Miami, Florida, February, 2017).
  • Lloyd’s Maritime Academy, Speaker, “Maritime Bankruptcy and Ship Arrest” (London, England, December 2016).
  • New York State Bar Association, International Section, Seasonal Meeting, Meeting Chair, (Paris, France, October 2016).
  • Connecticut Maritime Association 2016, Co-Chair, Legal Panel (Stamford, Connecticut, March 2016).
  • New York State Bar Association, International Section, Seasonal Meeting, Chair, “Do Not Delete! Electronic Documents in Litigation and Arbitration” (Sao Paolo, Brazil, October 2015).
  • Norwegian Bar Association, Speaker, “Basics of Bankruptcy Practice in the United States” (New York, New York, September, 2015).
  • Nor-Shipping, “A Sea of Red: Are Maritime Bankruptcies a Lifeline or Anvil?”, Speaker and Moderator, Ocean Industry Podium (Oslo, Norway, June 2015)
  • Lloyd’s Maritime Academy, Speaker, “Maritime Bankruptcy and Ship Arrest” (London, England, December 2015).
  • Connecticut Maritime Association 2015, Co-Chair, Legal Panel (Stamford, Connecticut, March 2015).
  • 6th Annual Arctic Shipping Conference, Speaker, “Cross-Border Oil Response” (Montreal, Canada, February 2015).
  • Lloyd’s Maritime Academy, Speaker, “Maritime Bankruptcy and Ship Arrest” (London, England, December 2014).
  • New York State Bar Association, International Section, Seasonal Meeting, Speaker, ”E-Discovery in International Litigation and Arbitration” (Vienna, Austria, October 2014).
  • Lloyd’s Maritime Academy, Chair, “Ship Arrest North America Conference” (New York City, April 2014).
  • Connecticut Maritime Association, Speaker, “The Devil You Thought You Knew: Dispute Resolution Clauses” (Stamford, Connecticut, March 2014).
  • Lloyd’s Maritime Academy, Speaker, “Examining the Impact of Shipping Bankruptcy” (London, England, December 2013).
  • New York State Bar Association, International Section, Seasonal Meeting, Speaker, “Blue Skies and Troubled Waters: Asian Arbitration Sparkles while Shipping Flounders” and Plenary Panel Speaker, “The Legal Status of the East Sea under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea” (Hanoi, Vietnam, October 2013).
  • New York State Bar Association Global Law Week, Panel Chair, “IP Contracts and International Bankruptcy” (New York City, May 2013).
  • Client presentation, Speaker, “Transaction Risks in Letter of Credit Commodities Transactions” (New York City, May 2013)
  • New York State Bar Association, International Section, Seasonal Meeting, Chair of Meeting and Speaker, “International Insolvency and Creditors’ Rights” (Lisbon, Portugal, October 2012).
  • American Bar Association, Section on International Law Annual Meeting, Moderator, “Does New York Need a Special Docket for International Matters?” (New York City, April 2012).
  • Ontario Bar Association and New York State Bar Association Joint Legal Summit, Chair (Toronto, Canada & Buffalo, New York, March 2012).
  • Seoul International Maritime & Shipbuilding Conference (SIMS) 2011, Speaker, “Towards a Comprehensive Solution to Somali Piracy” (Seoul, Korea, November 2011).
  • Marine Money, Speaker, “Workouts and Restructurings” (Shanghai, China, November 2011).
  • New York State Bar Association, International Section, Seasonal Meeting, Chair, “Securing Your Judgment” (Panama City, Panama, September 2011).
  • New York Global Law Week, Speaker, “Pre- and Post-Judgment Remedies Under NY Law” (New York City, May 2011).
  • The Takeway Radio Program, Speaker, “Deepwater Horizon and Pending Changes to the Ship Owner Liability Regime” (New York, March 2011).
  • New York State Bar Association, International Section, Seasonal Meeting, Speaker, “Cross-Border Insolvency” (Sydney, Australia, October 2010).
Neil has been regularly recognized as a rising force in the New York legal community, and has recently been recognized by the following publications:
  • Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rated attorney for both skills and ethics in Admiralty and Maritime Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and Banking Law.
  • Recognized by the Maritime Law Association as a Proctor in Admiralty.
  • Japan Forum on International Relations, Speaker, “Modern Piracy and Industry Responses” (Tokyo, May, 2010).
  • Super Lawyers 2011 – 2014 – Selected as a “Rising Star” in Transportation & Maritime Law for four years in a row.
  • Super Lawyers 2015 and 2016– selected as a New York “Super Lawyer”
  • Top Attorneys 2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014 – Selected as a “New York Metro Area Outstanding Young Lawyer” in Transportation & Maritime Law.
  • Who’s Who Legal 2015 – 2017 – Recognized as an expert in shipping law.

Membership of Professional Societies Open

  • Proctor, Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Member American Bar Association, International Law Section
  • Member New York State Bar Association, International Section and Dispute Resolution Section
  • Member Federal Bar Association
  • Member Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Member Fordham Law Alumni Association

Employment Record Open

  • 2004 – present: Associate and Counsel, Watson Farley & Williams
  • 2001 – 2004: Lyons, Skoufalos, Proios & Flood

News Open