Attorneys

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Douglas R. Denny
Robert T. Coniam
Sandra M. Kelly
Christopher D. Kuebler


 

Douglas R. Denny


Denny

Doug Denny was the firm’s managing partner from 2000 through 2012. Doug has practiced general maritime and civil law since 1974. His areas of focus include Probate, Estate Planning and Real Estate matters. He also counsels clients in matters of taxation and the operation of small businesses, both maritime and land based. For many years Doug has been corporate counsel and corporate Secretary for an intermodal transportation business, which has multiple domestic and international offices and operations.

The Maritime Law Association of the United States recognized Doug as a Proctor in Admiralty. He has received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest possible peer review rating.

Prior to practicing law, Doug served as a deck officer on US-flag merchant vessels. He holds the rank of Captain (retired) in the United States Naval Reserve. Doug is a Past President of The Propeller Club–Port of Cleveland and the Cleveland Chapter of the Naval Reserve Association.

Education

  • The Ohio State University College of Law – Columbus, Ohio
    • Juris Doctor – cum laude
  • U.S. Merchant Marine Academy – Kings Point, New York
    • Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation
      With Highest Honors – class rank 2 of 213

 


 

Robert T. Coniam


Coniam

Bob Coniam’s practice consists of litigation for both plaintiffs and defendants. He has practiced general maritime and civil law since 1986 and has successfully represented clients in both jury and non-jury matters in both state and federal courts in the Great Lakes region.

Bob is a member of Ohio Academy of Trial Lawyers and Ohio State Bar Association. He has been recognized as a Proctor in Admiralty by the Maritime Law Association of the United States and has received the highest possible peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Education

  • Cleveland State University Law School – Cleveland, Ohio
    • Juris Doctor
  • Ohio Northern University – Ada, Ohio
    • Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering


 

Sandra M. Kelly

Kelly

Sandra Kelly was  appointed as Managing Partner in 2013 and is now Managing Member as of January 1, 2016. Her practice consists of litigation, both for plaintiffs and defendants. She has successfully represented clients in jury and non-jury trials in Ohio, California, and in federal and state courts throughout the Great Lakes region. She also counsels clients on probate and estate matters and has handled estates of a magnitude which require estate tax considerations.

In addition to handling maritime cases related to the Jones Act, LHWCA and other shipping-related matters, she is a FINRA arbitrator, hearing cases related to breaches of securities law. She has acted as a legal commentator for the local Fox8 News affiliate and has spoken on maritime and collection issues. She has been recognized as a Proctor in Admiralty by the Maritime Law Association of the United States and has received the highest possible rating from Martindale-Hubbell. She has been listed in Best Lawyers® since 2013.

Sandy is a published author for various Thomson West trial manuals, serves on the boards of several non-profit institutions and has been a longtime member of a judicial rating coalition whose mission is to elect qualified individuals to the Ohio judiciary. In Legus, an international network of law firms, she serves on the marketing committee and is a past Advisory Committee Chair. In 2016 Sandy was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, which has over 6,000 members.

Education

  • The Pepperdine University School of Law – Malibu, California
    • Juris Doctor – cum laude
  • The Ohio State University – Columbus, Ohio
    • B.S./M.S. in Agriculture Education and Business, with honors

 


 

Christopher D. Kuebler

Kuebler

Chris Kuebler began practicing law with the firm in 1982 and returned as Of Counsel in 2012, after broadening his legal experience in other jurisdictions. His career specialties have been in admiralty and maritime law, toxic torts/product liability, environmental law, and major personal injury litigation including claims brought under the Jones Act, F.E.L.A., Longshore Act and other federal and state laws. He also has litigation experience with the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, The Clean Water Act, and various state and federal environmental and fishing statutes/regulations. He prepared the Ohio Oil Pollution Control Manual for the Assuranceforeningen SKULD Marine Pollution Handbook. He has had major responsibility for litigating complex federal court cases in transportation, commercial property, personal injury, and international law, including mass toxic tort litigation. Chris personally handled and settled numerous cases in the million-dollar range. Currently his concentration is in Multi-District Litigation involving mass toxic tort and maritime asbestos claims, as well as pleasure boat and automobile accident claims.

Chris is admitted to the Bar in Ohio, Florida and the District of Columbia. During his professional career he represented defendants or plaintiffs in more than 25 federal jurisdictions across the United States with responsibility for all phases of litigation.

Clients have included major international insurance underwriters, domestic and foreign shipowners, domestic cruise line operators; cargo owners, vessel agents, marina operators, freight forwarders and shippers, consolidators, export/import agents; licensed officers, inland river workers, Great Lakes seamen, longshoremen, riparian landowners, commercial fishermen on Alaska, East and Gulf coasts, and other maritime personnel.

Education

  • Cleveland Marshall College of Law – Cleveland, Ohio
    • Juris Doctor
  • Bowling Green State University – Bowling Green, Ohio
    • Graduate Studies MBA Program
    • Bachelor of Science