Boston University School of Law

Chester D. Hooper

Lecturer in Law
Partner, Holland & Knight

B.A., Hobart College
J.D., Albany Law School


Full CV

Chester D. Hooper practices Maritime Litigation.  He started his practice in New York, where he is admitted to practice law, with Haight, Gardner, Poor & Havens in 1971.  In 1997, Haight, Gardner, Poor & Havens merged into Holland & Knight LLP, where he continues to practice Maritime Litigation.  He moved to the Boston office of Holland & Knight LLP in 2009. His practice is concentrated in the areas of collision, the defense of vessel interests against claims for cargo damage, multimodal carriage of goods, drafting bills of lading and other shipping documents, and working on the process to have the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the  International Carriage of Goods Wholly or Partly by Sea (The Rotterdam Rules) ratified by the United States.

He was navigator of the USS TRUCKEE (AO 147) while on active duty in the U.S. Navy and also sailed as a Third Mate in the United States Merchant Marine. He has tried numerous cargo cases on behalf of vessel interests as well as collision cases.

Mr. Hooper has published many articles on admiralty cargo issues and on the new Rotterdam Rules.

He was President of The Maritime Law Association of the United States from 1994 to 1996.  He is a Titulary member of the Comitè Maritime International, and served as a member of the United States delegation to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Working Group III  Transport Law that drafted the Rotterdam Rules.

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