Chester D. Hooper

Lecturer in Law

Partner, Holland & Knight

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


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.


3 credits

Admiralty cases comprise a significant portion of the case load of federal courts near U.S. ports. Clerks for judges in those courts should have an understanding of admiralty law. In addition, lawyers who handle international transactions will likely encounter admiralty issues even if they do not specialize in admiralty law; the practice of admiralty is by nature international. Admiralty practitioners work with lawyers and clients from many nations and travel often to those nations. The course will examine admiralty jurisdiction of the federal and state courts as well as oft litigated choice of law and choice of forum issues. Our examination of the substantive areas of admiralty law will show how they fit together and affect one another. The substantive areas will include the international and domestic multimodal carriage of goods, charter parties (contracts to use an entire ship or part of a ship), salvage, towing, pilotage, collision, stranding, general average, and personal injury. We shall also examine ship mortgages and marine insurance. Marine insurance affects almost all aspects of admiralty law. We shall attempt to predict the effects of the Rotterdam Rules (a new treaty that the United States and other nations are in the process of ratifying) on various aspects of admiralty law, particularly the carriage of goods. This course is a pre-requisite to apply for membership in the three student team for the national Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition, which will be held from March 22-24, 2018 in Seattle. Applicants for the Admiralty Moot Court Competition must first compete in the Stone Moot Court Competition. The course will also include instruction and an exercise in brief writing. OFFERING PATTERN: This class may not be offered every year. It will be offered this year if 5 or more students register for it. Students are advised to take this fact into account when planning their long term schedule. GRADING NOTICE: This class will not offer the CR/NC/H option.

FALL 2017: LAW JD 932 A1 , Sep 6th to Dec 6th 2017
Days Start End Credits Instructors Bldg Room
Mon,Wed 11:00 am 12:30 pm 3 Chester D. Hooper LAW 209
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