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July 31st, 2023

NBF attorneys Christopher Nicoll, Rivers Black, Curt Feig, Larry Altenbrun and Chris Reilly were selected as 2023 Seattle Super Lawyers, which is a rating service identifying outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

July 24th, 2023

NBF attorney Elizabeth Strunk is now a member of the Oregon Bar. Congratulations!!!

July 18th, 2023

NBF attorney Rod Fonda will be presenting on September 27, 2023 at the Current Issues in Maritime Law Conference organized by the Admiralty Committee of the Federal Bar Association. Rod will be speaking about “General Average,” the mysterious legal principle originally developed around 1750 B.C., a few centuries if not millennia before the first insurance policies appeared. Yet insurance policies did not displace General Average, which still remains a valid legal concept today. In the original application, if a ship got in trouble and needed to lighten its load to survive, the owners of “sacrificed” cargo thrown overboard would be compensated, on an “average” basis, by the cargo and vessel that survived because of that sacrifice. Today General Average is invoked in situations like ship fires or when enormous container ships get stuck in the Suez Canal and a “sacrifice” (paying money to firefighters or salvors) results in the saving of the vessel and remaining cargo.

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: