Neil Quartaro


New York

(212) 453-3934

(212) 509-9492

Neil focuses his practice on international and domestic transportation and trade matters — particularly those involving international or maritime issues. He handles international contract disputes, creditors’ rights in U.S. bankruptcy proceedings, obtaining pre- and post-judgement security, vessel foreclosure, charter disputes, and repossession issues. Neil also helps client enforce U.S. judgments overseas. In addition, he handles transactions in the maritime space, including charters, sale and purchase, vessel construction contracts, purchase agreements, terminal agreements, and private equity investments in shipping.   

Neil is a past chair of the New York State Bar Association (NYSBA), International Section, and serves on the NYSBA President’s Committee on State Bar Governance. He also co-chairs the NYSBA International Section Transportation Committee and is the secretary of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Committee of the Maritime Law Association. He has also lectured at Columbia University, teaching a class on Maritime Transportation, Law & Public Policy. Neil is regularly interviewed on the radio and television, and, in addition to his public speaking engagements, is regularly interviewed and quoted in leading maritime and business publications, including the Wall Street JournalFairplayGlobal Restructuring Review, and Tradewinds.

Neil earned his bachelor’s degree from York University and earned his law degree from Fordham University School of Law.


Cozen O’Connor’s Transportation Practice Continues Growth with the Addition of Prominent New York Maritime Lawyer Neil Quartaro

February 11, 2020

Quartaro has for nearly two decades advised and represented clients in a range of transportation and maritime industry disputes throughout North America, Europe, and Asia.

Events & Seminars

Past Events

CMA Shipping Conference & Exhibition 2020

October 14, 2020 - Webinar

CMA Shipping Conference & Exhibition

March 31, 2020 - Stamford, Connecticut


  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D., 2002
  • York College, B.A., 1998

Awards & Honors

Martindale-Hubbell “AV” rated

Maritime Law Association, Proctor in Admiralty

Super Lawyers New York in Transportation & Maritime Law, 2015 – present

Who’s Who Legal, expert in shipping law, 2015 – present


  • New York

New York State Bar Association, International Section, Past Chair

Maritime Law Association of the United States, Proctor

American Bar Association, International Section, Member

Association of the Bar of the City of New York, Member

Fordham Law Alumni Association, Member