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May 7th, 2017

NBF attorneys Pegeen Mulhern and Shannon Trivett will be attending the Annual General Meeting of Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) USA in Long Beach, California on May 17, 2017.  NBF is a proud sponsor of this year’s conference, the theme of which is “The Future of Shipping: Innovation, Technology, and the Changing Face of the Maritime Workforce.”

May 6th, 2017

NBF attorneys Curt Feig and Larry Altenbrun recently spent a week in New York meeting with clients and updating them on developments in Washington law. Curt gave presentations  on covenant judgments in the context of reservation of rights defenses under Washington law and on Washington insurance claims handling regulations. Larry provided a presentation on developments related to the availability of punitive damages in maritime law and how these developments impact marine insurance. NBF takes pride in bringing value to our clients, often by presenting in-house educational seminars. If you are interested in setting up a seminar with attorneys from NBF, feel free to call or email any of our attorneys.

May 4th, 2017

NBF attorney Shannon Trivett served on the planning committee of the Marine Insurance Association of Seattle’s 29th Annual Day of Education, a day-long continuing education seminar on May 4, 2017 for Pacific Northwest marine insurance professionals. Fellow NBF attorneys Chris Nicoll, Rivers Black, and Jeremy Jones also attended the event.

April 29th, 2017

NBF attorney Curt Feig participated as a crewmember in the 2017 Newport to Ensenada sailboat race from April 28 – 29, 2017.

April 29th, 2017

NBF attorney Rivers Black attended The Greater New Orleans Barge Fleeting Association’s (GNOBFA) 35th River and Marine Industry Seminar on April 25-28, 2017 in New Orleans, LA.  GNOBFA’s annual seminar is one of the premier seminars in the marine industry.

April 21st, 2017

On April 21, 2017, NBF attorney Pegeen Mulhern attended the Northwest Marine Trade Association’s (NMTA) sixth annual auction, which benefitted the Clean Boating Foundation and Fish Northwest.  NBF is pleased to provide its support to this event once again.

March 18th, 2017

NBF attorney Pegeen Mulhern attended the Seattle Propeller Club’s Maritime Gala on March 18, 2017. Nicoll Black & Feig was a proud sponsor of this annual event, which helped support the works of Seattle Sea Scouts, Seattle Maritime Academy and Youth Maritime Training Association. 

February 7th, 2017

On March 3, 2017, Salish Seas Expeditions will be hosting a  20 Years of Discovery Seafood Bash. NBF attorney Pegeen Mulhern has recently joined the board of directors of this 501(C)(3) nonprofit corporation that offers  science programs to middle school and high school students throughout Puget Sound. Salish Seas’  mission is to inspire youth to connect with the marine environment through boat-based scientific inquiry and hands-on learning, instilling curiosity, confidence, and critical thinking. Salish Sea Expeditions does this by offering  students in grades 5-12 a unique combination of powerful place-based learning and hands on exploration.  For more information visit their website at


We hope that you might join  Pegeen and other Salish supporters at the Seafood Bash as Salish celebrates 20 years of meaningful learning expeditions and the impact those experiences have had on students from our region and beyond. Not only will the event be an opportunity to look back on 20 years of programs, but it will also be an opportunity to share Salish’s vision for the next 20 years and learn some of the ways the organization is growing to meet the critical need for meaningful STEM and maritime education.


One very exciting announcement is Salish’s recent purchase of the Elettra III,  an 85-foot steel hulled motor vessel originally commissioned by the Marconi Marine Company as a maritime technology demonstration vessel. Salish is working closely with the U.S. Coast Guard as they re-fit the Elettra III to be licensed as a USCG Subchapter T Small Passenger Vessel. In addition to updating the vessel for compliance and safety, Salish is outfitting the vessel with the highest quality scientific and educational instrumentation, creating fully-networked classroom and lab spaces, and deployment arrangements.  This vessel will be an important platform for marine science and maritime training in Puget Sound.


The details on the Seafood Bash are as follows:


When: Friday, March 3, 2017 at 6:30 pm

Where: Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI)

            860 Terry Ave N, Seattle WA, 98109

Tickets: $150 ($70 tax-deductible)


If you would like to join the celebration please  contact Pegeen Mulhern at

January 27th, 2017

NBF hosted its 9th annual Mardi Gras Party at the J&M Cafe in Seattle on January 26, 2017 in conjunction with the Marine Insurance Association of Seattle (MIAS) week of activities. The event was exceedingly well attended and fun.

January 16th, 2017

NBF attorney Chris Nicoll authored an article entitled “WDTL Amicus Committee Tackles Personal Jurisdiction,” for the Winter 2016 Defense News published by the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers Association. (See pages 9-10, 12 of linked .pdf)