Gallagher Sharp Attorney Markus Apelis Designated as Proctor in Admiralty by Maritime Law Association of the United States

May 2024 • Source: Gallagher Sharp

Gallagher Sharp is proud to announce that Markus Apelis, head of the firm's admiralty and maritime practice group, has been designated as a Proctor in Admiralty by the Maritime Law Association of the United States (MLA). This prestigious designation recognizes Markus' significant contributions to the field of maritime law and his dedication to advancing the administration of justice in admiralty matters.

The MLA is a distinguished organization comprising lawyers, judges, law professors, and non-lawyers who hold responsible positions in the maritime field. Membership in the MLA is open to attorneys admitted to practice before any of the several courts of the United States and who have demonstrated a strong interest in the objectives of the Association. The title of Proctor in Admiralty is the highest membership category for practicing lawyers and is awarded only after meeting stringent professional and educational requirements.

Markus Apelis leads Gallagher Sharp's admiralty and maritime practice group. For over a decade, he has represented vessel owners and operators in serious marine casualties, including crew injury or death, collisions, allisions, groundings, and fires. Markus also represents shippers, charterers, logistics providers, and others in cargo claims and contractual disputes, as well as marine facilities against property damage and personal injury claims. His practice extends to personal injury or property damage matters arising out of the use of personal watercraft.

"We are thrilled to congratulate Markus on this well-deserved recognition," said Gallagher Sharp’s Managing Partner Monica Sansalone. "This appointment is a testament to his extensive knowledge, experience, and dedication to the field of maritime law. We are confident that Markus will continue to provide exceptional service to our clients and make significant contributions to the advancement of admiralty law."

The term "Proctor in Admiralty" has a rich history, dating back to the Admiralty Courts set up in England in the 13th century. The designation was continued in the American colonies, and although the term is no longer in official usage in
the federal court system, many associations use it to distinguish their members as practicing maritime attorneys.

“I am honored and humbled to receive the recognition of the MLA as a Proctor in Admiralty,” says Markus. “I am grateful for the support of our clients, industry partners, and the maritime bar, and look forward to continuing our work with all of them.”

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