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April 14th, 2023

NBF held a dinner to celebrate the retirement of attorney Nina Mitchell, who headed our longshore practice since 2015. Nina was a tremendous attorney and she left big shoes to fill. More importantly, she was an important leader and mentor in the firm whose warm personality, can-do attitude and professionalism helped make NBF a great place to work. We congratulate Nina on a wonderful career and wish her fair winds and following seas as she navigates retirement. 

March 20th, 2023

NBF attorney Elizabeth A. Strunk will serve as the Young Lawyers Division Liaison for the Maritime Law Association’s Autonomous Ships and Smart Marine Technology Committee. The Committee focuses on legal developments regarding the spectrum of advanced autonomous functionality on vessels and other systems effecting the maritime sector.

January 26th, 2023

NBF hosted its annual Mardi Gras party on January 25, 2023 at the Hard Rock Café near Pike’s Market. It was very well-attended by MIAS attendees, clients and friends of the firm. In fact, it was the best attended Mardi Gras party yet. We would tell you more, but, what happens at the NBF Mardi Gras party stays at the NBF Mardi Gras party. You will have to see for yourself in 2024.

January 9th, 2023

NBF attorney Chris Reilly will serve as co-chair of the Federal Bar Association WDWA Admiralty Committee, which is organizing the CLE “Current Issues in Maritime Law” to be held September 27, 2023.

January 3rd, 2023

December 16th, 2022

NBF attorney Elizabeth A. Strunk was appointed as the co-chapter president of WISTA USA’s Pacific Northwest Chapter. WISTA, Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association, is a female led organization with the mission of minimizing the gender gap in the maritime and trading sectors while allowing its members to build a community of like-minded individuals.

December 6th, 2022

After the wreck of the S.S. PACIFIC was discovered off the Washington coast, NBF attorney Jeremy Jones obtained for the finder the exclusive salvage rights to the wreck. S.S. PACIFIC was a 223-foot side-wheel steamer that sank on November 4, 1875. The sinking was the deadliest marine disaster in U.S. West Coast history, and the wreck is of substantial historical interest. In addition, it is believed a not insubstantial amount of gold was aboard the vessel when she sank, owing to the fact she was transporting a number of passengers who had been involved in the Cassiar Mountains gold rush. More information about the discovery is available here:

December 3rd, 2022

We would like to thank and congratulate NBF attorney Nina Mitchell, who is retiring at the end of December 2022. She started and grew the NBF longshore practice and was both an outstanding advocate for her clients and great friend and colleague in the office. We wish her fair winds and following seas. After Nina retires, attorney Noah Jaffe will continue handling the firm’s longshore matters.

August 17th, 2022

NBF attorney Christopher Nicoll was appointed for a second three-year term on the Washington Pattern Jury Instruction Committee.

July 22nd, 2022

NBF attorney Noah Jaffe is presenting on July 22, 2022 at the WDTL 2022 Annual Convention in a panel with Rory Cosgrove, Judge Lori Smith of Div. 1, and Sidney Tribe on the topic of “Error Preservation: Practice Tips from the Bench and Bar.”