New firm for O’Connor

Chalos O’Connor senior partner Eugene O’Connor is joining law firm Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads.
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O’Connor joins Montgomery McCracken.

The move comes as his Port Washington, New York, firm co-owned with Michael Chalos closes up shop this week, as TradeWinds reported earlier today. Both maritime lawyers say the split is amicable, with Chalos leaving for K&L Gates.

O’Connor joins a firm that he has worked alongside for years, as both have represented Tsakos Shipping & Trading since the 2004 oil spill from the 60,900-dwt Athos I (built 1983, scrapped 2008). The battle remains in litigation 10 years later.

“It was a very comfortable fit for me and my guys,” the lawyer told TradeWinds.

O’Connor is well-known in maritime law circles for complex shipping casualty litigation, including oil spills, groundings on coral reefs, and containership incidents with long lists of cargo claimants.

Echoing the comments of Chalos, he said joining the growing firm of 120 lawyers across provides a larger platform than his current firm.

O’Connor is joined in the move by partner Timothy Semenoro and associate Robert O’Connor.

They add to a six-lawyer maritime team at Philadelphia-based Montgomery McCracken that includes Vincent DeOrchis and John Levy.

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