(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.; Sept. 10, 2008) – Crowley Maritime Corporation announced today that Michael Roberts, a well known and respected Washington, DC, attorney specializing in legislative and regulatory issues involving the maritime industry, has rejoined the company as senior vice president and general counsel. He will be domiciled in Jacksonville and report to Crowley Vice Chairman and Executive Vice President Bill Pennella.
Roberts worked as a corporate attorney and as Crowley’s vice president of government relations from 1991 to 2000. He has spent the last eight years in private practice in Washington, DC, most recently as a partner with Venable LLP, one of The American Lawyer’s top 100 law firms. While there, he represented Crowley and a number of other clients involved in international trade and transportation.
Roberts becomes a member of Crowley’s senior leadership team, and will have overall responsibility for the company’s legal and policy affairs. Art Mead and Alan Twaits, both vice presidents and general counsel for Crowley, will report to Roberts.
“We are very pleased to welcome Mike back to Crowley,” said Tom Crowley, Jr., chairman, president and CEO. “He has more than 20 years of experience representing Crowley and others on key issues in Washington. Mike’s strong relationships on Capitol Hill and in federal agencies involved with transportation and trade issues, plus his commercial experience in the maritime industry will be of great benefit to us.”
Roberts has worked on key legislative initiatives (e.g., Maritime Security Act of 1996, Coast Guard Authorization Act, and Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 1998), managed Crowley’s political action committee and consulted on government contract matters. In recent years, he helped Crowley obtain the first licenses for commercial shipping services between the United States and Cuba, worked with a coalition of American maritime interests in a successful legislative effort to close a loophole in U.S. cabotage laws and assisted with a variety of issues within the jurisdiction of the Department of Homeland Security.
Roberts also taught business law as an Adjunct Professor at American University, Washington College of Law. He is a life member of the National Defense Transportation Association; a member of the Propeller Club of the United States (D.C. Board of Governors, 1994-2003); a member of the Maritime Administrative Bar Association (President 1999-2000); a member of Coastwise Coalition (founding Chairman); and a member of the Navy League of the United States.
Roberts has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University and a Juris Doctor degree from American University, Washington College of Law. He is married to Barbara K. Roberts and has two children, Katherine, 20, a junior at Elon University in North Carolina, and Kurtis, 18, a freshman at Miami University in Ohio.
Jacksonville-based Crowley Maritime Corporation, founded in San Francisco in 1892, is a privately held family and employee-owned company that provides diversified transportation and logistics services in domestic and international markets by means of six operating lines of business: Puerto Rico/Caribbean Liner Services, Latin America Liner Services, Logistics Services, Petroleum Services, Marine Services and Technical Services. Offered within these operating lines of business are the following services: liner container shipping, logistics, contract towing and transportation; ship assist and escort; energy support; salvage and emergency response; vessel management; vessel construction and naval architecture; government services, and petroleum and chemical transportation, distribution and sales. Additional information about Crowley its subsidiaries and business units may be found on the Internet at www.crowley.com.
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