Neil Quartaro


New York

(212) 453-3934

(212) 509-9492

Recent News:

Neil Quartaro Interviews with CMA Shipping

Neil Quartaro talks with CMA Shipping about the challenges of adapting to the new normal.

Neil focuses his practice on international and domestic transportation and trade matters — particularly those involving international, aviation, and maritime issues. He handles international contract disputes, creditors’ rights in U.S. bankruptcy proceedings, obtaining pre- and post-judgement security, vessel and aircraft foreclosure, charter and aircraft lease disputes, and transportation asset-related repossession issues. Neil also helps client enforce U.S. judgments overseas. In addition, he handles transactions in the transportation space, including ship and aircraft charters and leases, 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 Vice-Chair of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Committee of the Maritime Law Association. He has also lectured at Columbia University, teaching a class on 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 Journal, Fairplay, Global Restructuring Review, and Tradewinds.

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




Neil Quartaro Interviews with CMA Shipping

October 18, 2021

Neil Quartaro talks with CMA Shipping about the challenges of adapting to the new normal.

Super Lawyers Recognizes 17 Cozen O’Connor Attorneys in New York

October 04, 2021

Super Lawyers has named 17 Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its 2021 New York Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list.

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.


The Absentee Custodian [Alert]

May 05, 2021

Geoffrey Ferrer, Christopher Raleigh, and Neil Quartaro discuss substitute custodians and the responsibilities of the arresting party.

Don’t Give Up Your Leverage — The Interplay Between Vessel Arrest and the Automatic Stay [Alert]

April 28, 2021

Geoffrey Ferrer, Christopher Raleigh, Neil Quartaro, Eric Scherling, and Erik Schmidt discuss a recent victory for a client in connection with a debtor that was in severe financial distress.


  • 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

New York State Bar Association, President's Committee on State Bar Governance, Member

New York State Bar Association, International Section Transportation Committee, Co-Chair

Maritime Law Association, Bankruptcy and Insolvency Committee, Vice-Chair