NEW YORK - October 6, 2020 - Christopher Kende, member of the firm’s Global Insurance Department, has been elected to membership in the Paris Maritime Arbitral Chamber (Chambre Arbitral Maritime de Paris or CAMP). The chamber is the premier maritime arbitral chamber in France and is highly regarded. Arbitrators elected to this chamber are, above all, professionals belonging to companies involved in international maritime activities. Being operational or commercial men and women, lawyers or technical experts, the competence of the arbitrators — resulting from their professional experience — is highly regarded and is a fundamental reason parties to any maritime dispute choose the chamber as the neutral arbitral body for resolving their differences. The manner in which the chamber is organized allows the chamber to benefit from the experience of the arbitrators specialized in their respective fields and to provide technical and legal experience in virtually every aspect of the maritime sector.
Chris focuses his practice on international insurance, reinsurance, aviation, and marine matters. Chris has more than 30 years of experience in handling major complex multinational litigation in the areas of insurance, reinsurance, environmental law, aviation, and admiralty and maritime disputes. His experience includes virtually every aspect of pretrial, trial and post-trial proceedings in state and federal courts around the country. He is a member of the Aeronautics Committee of the NYC Bar and a former member of the Foreign and Comparative Law Committee of that organization. He is past president of the Maritime Law Committee of the New York County Lawyers Association and the Admiralty and Transportation Law Commission of the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA). Chris is the current president of the Insurance Law Commission of the UIA and is member of the UIA Governing Board. He also serves on the International Organizations, Conventions and Standards Committee of the Maritime Law Association of the United States. He is an adjunct professor at Brooklyn Law School, teaching a course in Transportation and Maritime Law. He is fluent in French.