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14 Wall Street, Suite 5H
New York, New York 10005Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 212-839-7000
Fax: 212-466-0514
Mobile: 917-885-8413
www.hillbetts.com
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Established: 1898

Practice Areas
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Appeals
  • Arbitration
  • Aviation
  • Bad Faith
  • Bankruptcy
  • Breach of Contract
  • Business Formation
  • Business Interruption
  • Business Litigation
  • Business Transactions
  • Cargo
  • Carrier Defense
  • Casualty Defense
  • Casualty Insurance Law
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial General Liability
  • Commercial Insurance
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Commercial Transportation Litigation
  • Complex Tort Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Coverage Disputes
  • Coverage Litigation
  • Coverage Opinions
  • Death on the High Seas Act
  • Defense Litigation
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Environmental Law
  • Environmental Litigation
  • General Defense
  • Governmental Defense
  • Inland and Ocean Marine
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Jones Act
  • Marine
  • Marine Insurance
  • Marine Liability
  • Maritime
  • Maritime Law
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Punitive Damages
  • Regulatory and Compliance
  • Risk Management
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Tort Claims Defense
  • Transactional Law
  • Transactions
  • Trial and Appellate Practice
  • Trial Practice
  • Trust and Estate Litigation
  • Trusts
  • General Passenger Claim Defense
  • Cruise Passenger
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About Us
Over 100 years ago Hill, Betts & Nash LLP was founded in New York, New York. Today our lawyers continue to expand the firm's internationally recognized reputation for providing expert legal counsel on matters relating to world trade and transportation, commercial and tort litigation, insurance, equipment leasing and financing, bankruptcy, admiralty and aviation law. Our clients include many of the largest and most innovative companies in the transportation, finance, and service industries. Banks, oil companies, insurers, high-tech companies, Fortune 500 manufacturers, real estate partnerships, foreign and domestic law firms, as well as governments seek our counsel. Many of our clients are based abroad or are active in foreign markets.

Each lawyer at our firm has substantial expertise, and a winning track record, in all areas of business, corporate, commercial, and insurance litigation in state and federal courts. Lawyers in the firm have years of experience in industry and government, and hold graduate degrees in engineering, naval architecture and other technical fields. Recognizing the modern globalized world, many of our lawyers and support staff are fluent in Western and Emerging Market foreign languages.

Hill, Betts & Nash LLP has a well-established tradition of excellence and continues to serve clients with the initiative and diligence that have been a hallmark of the firm's success for over 100 years.
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
A. Bilbrough & Co. Ltd.AI Marine Adjusters, Inc.
Allianz Global Corporate & SpecialtyBerkley Offshore Underwriting Managers, LLC
Charles Taylor P&I ManagementChubb & Son, a division of Federal Insurance Company
Gard ASGard (North America) Inc.
Liberty International UnderwritersShipowners Claims Bureau, Inc.
SkuldSteamship Mutual Underwriting Association Limited
XL Insurance
Non-Insurance Clients
Liberty Maritime CorporationMcAllister Towing & Transportation Co., Inc.
Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.SEACOR Holdings, Inc.
Sealift, Inc.The Vane Brothers Company
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Personnel Information
Principals
Mark M. Jaffe
New York, NY
E-Mail:mjaffe@hillbetts.com
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1965
  • Louisiana, 1968
  • New York, 1970
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second and Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S. Court of Military Appeals
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships:
  • American, New York State, New Jersey State and Louisiana State Bar Associations
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • The Maritime Law Association of the United States
Education:
  • The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, B.S.Ec., 1962
  • Columbia Law School, J.D., 1965
Born:1941
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Gregory W. O'Neill
New York, NY
E-Mail:goneill@hillbetts.com
Admitted
  • New York, 1973
Memberships:
  • New York State Bar Association
  • The Maritime Law Association of the United States
Education:
  • Fordham University, B.A., 1967
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 1972
Language:
  • French
Born:1945
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Partners
James D. Kleiner
New York, NY
E-Mail:jkleiner@hillbetts.com
Admitted
  • England, 1974
  • Wales
  • New York, 1979
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of New York
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York (Committee on Admiralty, 1984-1987)
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States (Committee on Intergovernmental Organizations)
  • Association of Average Adjusters
  • American Arbitration Association (Commercial Panel of Arbitrators)
Education:
  • University of Paris - Sorbonne, Certificat de Langue Francaise, 1970
  • The London School of Economics and Political Science, LL.B. (with honors), 1973
  • University of London, England, LL.M., 1975
Language:
  • Spanish
  • French
Born:1950
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Gordon S. Arnott
New York, NY
E-Mail:garnott@hillbetts.com
Admitted
  • New York, 1986
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, 1995
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships:
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
Education:
  • United States Merchant Marine Academy, B.S. (cum laude), 1977
  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D. (magna cum laude), 1985
Born:1954
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Mary T. Reilly
New York, NY
E-Mail:mreilly@hillbetts.com
Admitted
  • New York, 1978
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1985
Memberships:
  • Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Women's International Shipping and Trading Association
Education:
  • University of Denver
  • Queens College of the City University of New York, B.A. (cum laude), 1973
  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 1977
Born:1951
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Elizabeth McCoy
New York, NY
E-Mail:emccoy@hillbetts.com
Admitted
  • Michigan, 1986
  • New York, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 1993
Memberships:
  • New York County Lawyers Association
Education:
  • The University of Chicago, B.A. (with honors), 1982
  • Seton Hall University, M.B.A. (with honors), 2002
  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1986
Born:1960
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Thomas M. Rittweger
New York, NY
E-Mail:trittweger@hillbetts.com
Admitted
  • New Jersey, 1992
  • New York, 1993
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • New York County Lawyers Association
Education:
  • United States Merchant Marine Academy, B.S., 1986
  • Hofstra University School of Law, J.D., 1992
Law Review:
Managing Editior, Hofstra Labor Law Journal, 1991 - 1992
Military:
USNR (Ret.), Lieutenant
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Of Counsel
Terence Gargan
New York, NY
E-Mail:tgargan@hillbetts.com
Admitted
  • New York, 1969
  • Florida
  • U.S. Virgin Islands
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 1971
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1984
Additional Biographical Details:
U.S. Coast Guard Chief Engineer's License
Memberships:
  • The Florida Bar
  • Virgin Islands Bar Association
  • Maritime Law Association
Education:
  • State University of New York Maritime College, B.M.E., 1958
  • New York University, M.E., 1964
  • New York Law School, J.D., 1969
Military:
U.S. Naval Reserves, Retired Lieutenant (20 years)
Born:1934
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Michael J. Ryan
New York, NY
E-Mail:mryan@hillbetts.com
Admitted
  • Illinois, 1959
  • Michigan
  • New York, 1963
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, 1962
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, 1963
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1965
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1992
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Comite Maritime Internationale
Education:
  • Saint Peter's College, A.B., 1953
  • University of Michigan Law School, LL.B., 1958
Honors:
Phi Alpha Delta
Military:
Col., U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (ret)
Born:1931
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Counsel
Christine F. Reidy
New York, NY
E-Mail:creidy@hillbetts.com
Admitted
  • New York, 1988
Memberships:
  • American (International Law Section) and New York State Bar Associations
Education:
  • Albany State University, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1982
  • Pennsylvania State University-Dickinson School of Law, J.D., 1987
Born:1962
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Ella W. Dodson
New York, NY
E-Mail:edodson@hillbetts.com
Admitted
  • New York, 1986
  • New Jersey, 2001
Education:
  • Washington University in St. Louis, B.A., 1977
  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, J.D. (with high honors), 1984
  • Columbia University of Law, LL.M., 1986
Born:1955
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