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Patrick F. Lennon

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Patrick was drawn to the law from his experience in a government class during high school. He was an accomplished athlete and attended West Chester University of Pennsylvania and wrestled at the Division I level through his junior year. After spending two years working in the insurance industry following college, he attended Quinnipiac University School of Law in Connecticut – where he met and ultimately married his classmate, and current law partner, Tracy Wheeler Lennon. Family is at his core – including in his work as an attorney; as well as working with Tracy for the past half-decade, Patrick and his brother, Kevin, have also worked together for over 20 years. He is known for a dry wit and when not at work, he can generally be found on the golf course or somewhere near the water or in the wrestling room at Greens Farms Academy, where he is an assistant coach and mentor to student athletes.

For the past 24 years, Patrick has been a trusted advisor and advocate for leading international and domestic ship owning and chartering companies and commodity and energy trading houses. He is recognized as one of the best when it comes to maritime and transportation law, with his experience ranging from collisions, salvage, fire and explosion, total loss, piracy, limitation of liability, civil and criminal pollution liabilities to cargo damage and loss, personal injury, charter party formation and disputes. He also has extensive experience advising commodity and energy traders. He has litigated and arbitrated hundreds of cases and routinely advises clients on contract formation and cross-border contract disputes. In addition, he has served as a commercial arbitrator in New York.

Patrick is proactive and employs a practical, no-nonsense, cost-effective approach to dispute resolution. He is also known worldwide as a leading force in creditor’s rights, particularly in the shipping sector. Cases such as Navios v. Vale International, Sanko Mineral, Winter Storm Shipping, Aqua Stoli Shipping, Smith v. Woosley, Vitol v. Primerose, Centauri Shipping v. Western Bulk Carriers and Lion Copolymer v. Kolmar Americas comprise part of his varied case history.

One client summarized their experience working with Patrick as having been “extremely satisfied with the quality of advice we get, both in terms of its legal angle and also in terms of the commercial and practical aspects.”

Patrick is a Martindale Hubbell “AV” rated lawyer and has consistently been recognized in legal directories, including Chambers, Who’s Who and Super Lawyers.

PRACTICE AREAS

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

  • New York Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Connecticut Maritime Association
  • New York Maritime

AFFILIATIONS AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Quinnipiac University School of Law (retired)
  • The Glacier Society
  • Greens Farms Academy, Former Annual Giving Co-Chair
  • St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Former Vestry Member
  • Member: Country Club of Fairfield
  • Assistant Wrestling Coach, Greens Farms Academy

BAR MEMBERSHIPS AND ADMISSIONS

  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • United States District Court for Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court for Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court for of Connecticut
  • United States District Court for District of New Jersey
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

EDUCATION

  • Quinnipiac University School of Law, J.D. Magna Cum Laude, 1992
    Law Review Research Editor
    Phi Delta Phi – Legal Honor Society
  • West Chester University of Pennsylvania, BS Liberal Studies, 1987

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