Antonio J. Rodriguez Partner




Antonio Rodriguez has practiced maritime, environmental and energy law for more than 45 years. An established presence in the Maritime industry, Antonio and two of his partners joined Wilson Elser from Fowler Rodriguez, a Maritime-centered firm based on the U.S. Gulf and in South Florida with a strong international focus. For many years, Antonio has represented major international and domestic marine, liability and energy underwriters, protection & indemnity clubs, vessel owners and energy companies. He has extensive experience in the areas of collision and other significant shipping and pollution casualties, and environmental regulation.

Antonio’s personal experience in dealing with major shipping casualties and pollution incidents began in the 1970s, and he has handled numerous marine casualty and pollution cases since that time. Antonio has guided the development of a major marine casualty response plan and the establishment of a legal organization to respond to shipping casualties and pollution incidents wherever they may occur. In addition, for many years he has authored the oil pollution chapter of the leading United States maritime law treatise. Antonio also has extensive experience with maritime products liability, cargo, ship construction and repair, charter and marine insurance coverage disputes. Since 1981, he has taught collision, ship owner limitation of liability and oil pollution as a professor of maritime law in the Master of Laws program at Tulane University School of Law.

After graduation from the United States Naval Academy in 1966, Antonio served on active duty as a surface warfare officer in the United States Navy aboard destroyers. From 1970 to 1995, he served with the U.S. Naval Reserve, with unit commands in Louisiana, Florida and Washington, D.C., and retired at the rank of Captain, U.S. Naval Reserve in 1995. Antonio also served on the 21-member National Navigation Safety Advisory Council under appointment by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, from 1987−1990, then served as chairman from 1990−1994. He was again appointed as a member and served from 2000−2010.

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