Mr. Whitman provides business advice and dispute resolution services in admiralty and maritime matters, construction law and civil litigation. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Mr. Whitman represents admiralty clients in casualty matters such as collisions, allisions, groundings, capsizings, mechanical breakdowns and pollution incidents, as well as in commercial matters such as shipbuilding and repair, vessel financings, charter party disputes, maritime lien claims and ship mortgage foreclosures. He handles personal injury and cargo damage cases and is experienced in maritime insurance coverage disputes. Early in his career, he was seconded by the Firm to the London office of the managers of a major P&I Club, where he worked in claims handling and dealt with club members and correspondents worldwide.
In construction law, Mr. Whitman handles a broad scope of matters that include contract negotiation, counseling and drafting, litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution efforts. His areas of experience include power generation and cogeneration facilities; power transmission and distribution facilities; hospitals and related health care facilities; industrial and commercial buildings; hotels and related hospitality facilities; shipbuilding and repair; marine terminal facilities; dredging projects; and land-based and submarine telecommunications projects.
Mr. Whitman's general civil litigation practice encompasses business litigation and creditors' rights matters, as well as insurance defense and coverage cases. He represents banks and other financial institutions on creditors' rights and lender liability issues and is experienced in the enforcement of loan and lease documents, collection on troubled loans and defense of borrowers' counterclaims. He has experience in multidistrict litigation and in overseeing matters pending in foreign countries.
Mr. Whitman's experience also includes arbitrations under the rules of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), JAMS, the Society of Maritime Arbitrators (SMA) and the Maritime Arbitration Association of the United States (MAA). He has successfully represented clients in other alternative dispute resolution forums, such as mediation and mini-trials, and he has served as a mediator and as an arbitrator in cases under the AAA, SMA and MAA rules. He is a member of the MAA's National Advisory Board.