Chester D. Hooper practices in the Maritime Litigation
Practice Group and focuses in the areas of collision, the defense of vessel
interests against claims for cargo damage, multimodal carriage of cargo, and
drafting bills of lading and other shipping documents.
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
Mr. Hooper teaches the admiralty law course at the Boston University School
of Law. He has published numerous articles on admiralty cargo issues and has
lectured on the subject of the carriage of goods at many seminars, including the
following institutions: The Admiralty Law Institute of Tulane University School
of Law, the Louisiana State University School of Law, the University of
Connecticut School of Law, the Houston Marine Insurance Seminar, and the
Southeast Admiralty Law Institute Seminar.
He was president of The Maritime Association of the United States from 1994
to 1996 and is a Titulary member of Comite Maritime International. He served as
a member of the United States delegation to the United Nations Commission on
International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) working group that drafted the Rotterdam
Rules, which will replace the present treaties governing the international
carriage of goods that include a sea leg.