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Monday, November 15, 2021

Vanished Without a Trace: Sinking & Capsizing of Vessels with Limited Witnesses & Physical Evidence

Start Date: 11/15/2021 4:00 PM PST
End Date: 11/15/2021 5:00 PM PST

Organization Name: Washington Defense Trial Lawyers

Maggie Sweeney
Email: maggie@wdtl.org
Phone: (206) 749-0319

Sponsor: Envista Forensics

1 WSBA CLE credit pending.
Zoom login information will be emailed to registrants.

Happy Hour CLE from the WDTL Maritime Committee & Envista

Vessel sinkings and capsizings are often sudden, tragic events shrouded in mystery due to the disappearance of collectible factual evidence and limited witnesses.  The addition of other factors like crew and passenger fatalities tend to increase the complexity, pressure, and stress on investigators and attorneys.  This program will discuss the role of an experienced forensic naval architect or forensic marine engineer in a reverse engineering process utilized to understand the mechanism of a marine casualty with limited evidence.  Several investigations conducted personally by the speaker will be discussed including the tragic loss of the SS EL FARO on October 1, 2015, with the loss of 33 lives.       

Introduction by Maritime Committee Chair, Katie Matison, Lane Powell

Katie Matison is a shareholder at Lane Powell PC in the Seattle office. Katie is the Chair of the firm’s Transportation Industry  Practice, handling both litigation and transactional matters.  She also handles insurance coverage disputes and defense cases for the London Insurance Market.  Katie is an experienced trial lawyer and spent 6 years as a felony prosecutor early in her career.  Katie has a J.D. and LL.M. in Admiralty, with distinction, from Tulane University School of Law.

Presented by Michael Venturella, P.E.
Mr. Michael Venturella is a Professional Engineer in naval architecture and marine engineering with over 20 years of experience. His broad expertise and knowledge of the marine industry include operation of deep draft commercial and military vessels, forensic marine investigation, marine survey, commercial shipbuilding and repair, salvage engineering, machinery, vital system automation, hull structural failures, and stability.

Envista satisfies the growing demand by insurance claims and legal professionals for a global, multi-disciplinary and highly skilled, forensic engineering partner.


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