After graduation from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Peter D. Clark sailed on U.S.flag vessels, including tankers, and is a licensed Chief Engineer. Mr. Clark graduated St. John’s University School of Law and holds a Master’s Degree in International Law from New York University. He is admitted to the courts of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, District of Columbia, the United States Supreme Court, and the United States Court of International Trade. Mr. Clark’s areas of specialty are shipbuilding contracts and ship repair disputes, bulk oil and LNG/LPG transportation disputes, marine insurance, general average and salvage. He also has litigation experience in major maritime cases and charter party arbitrations. Mr. Clark is also experienced in alternate dispute resolution. He is former President of the New York Kings Point Alumni Association and Propeller Club of New York. For many years he authored the Sea Law column for the Journal of Commerce. Mr. Clark is past Chairman of the Admiralty and Maritime Committee, Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, New York State Bar Association.Mr. Clark also serves as a maritime arbitrator and mediator. He acts as a mediator and arbitrator for the Superior Court of New Jersey and also serves as a Certified Mediator for the United States District Court of New Jersey, including Hurricane Sandy FEMA mediations.
Frank A. Atcheson, a U.S. Merchant Marine Academy graduate, sailed as a deck officer and later worked in the insurance department of a major steamship line. He was also a port captain and was responsible for vessel and container operations. Mr. Atcheson graduated from St. John’s University School of Law and is admitted to the courts in New York, New Jersey, and the United States Court of International Trade. He has represented shipowners and lenders in ship finance transactions. His ship finance experience includes: drafting loan and mortgage documentation; forming vessel owning companies and preparing corporate documentation in connection with vessel acquisition and finance transactions; and registering ships under U.S. and foreign flags.He also has experience in cases involving bulk oil transportation and refinery disputes, shipbuilding disputes, general average, collisions, fires, marine insurance and charter disputes. Mr. Atcheson is Chairman of the Admiralty and Maritime Committee, Commercial and Federal Litigation Section, New York State Bar Association and a member of the Section’s Executive Committee. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the Propeller Club of New York. Mr. Atcheson is an Adjunct Professor of Business Law and Information Security Law at Steven’s Institute of Technology.
Richard J. Reisert graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and Pace University School of Law. After sailing as a deck officer, he worked as a marine surveyor andadjuster and then was the claims manager for a leading ship operator. In that capacity he was responsible for hull, cargo, P & I and other claims involving the company’s large owned and chartered fleet, and also administered the company’s marine insurance programs. Mr. Reisertis a very experienced litigator, having directed every aspect of maritime litigation from the investigatory, discovery and motion phases through to trial. He has represented shipowners, charterers, cargo interests, terminal operators and underwriters in disputes arising out of groundings, sinkings, collisions, oil pollution, salvage, wreck removal, cargo damage, marine insurance, commodity purchase and sale contracts and personal injury, and directed complex maritime products liability litigation involving defective propulsion systems. He led the Republic of Moçambique’s investigation into the M/T KATINA P oil spill off the coast of East Africa and headed the country’s legal team in connection with related international litigation. Mr. Reisert has arbitrated all varieties of charter party disputes and those arising under GAFTA, NAEGA and FOSFA commodities contracts. His practice includes drafting and negotiating shipbuilding and repair contracts, charter parties, contracts of affreightment and service contracts. Mr. Reisertis admitted to the state and federal courts in New York and the United States Supreme Court, and represented amicus curiae before the U.S. Supreme Court in the M/T EXXON VALDEZ litigation. He is a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States and the Association of Average Adjusters of the United States, and has served as a maritime arbitrator.
Brian Brenner is a graduate of William Paterson University and Pace University School of Law. Before coming to Clark, Atcheson & Reisert, Mr. Brenner interned in the mergers and acquisitions department of a major firm in Helsinki, Finland and clerked at a New Jersey general practice firm where he assisted in civil litigation, real estate and transactional matters. Mr. Brenner is admitted to the state and federal courts in New York and New Jersey, and his practice focuses on litigation and real estate. He is a licensed real estate referral agent and is a member of the New Jersey Bar Association.