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Based in Charleston, he counsels commercial ship owners and insurers in responding to collisions, machinery failure, groundings and other incidents and disputes.
As a former seagoing marine engineer, Ryan Gilsenan is an admiralty and maritime attorney who represents owners, charterers and underwriters of oceangoing cargo ships in all manner of legal proceedings and emergency response. With experience on general cargo ships, product tankers, container ships, bulk carriers, and pure car/truck carriers, Ryan is on-call 24/7 to investigate and protect vessel interests in connection with groundings, collisions, cargo claims, pollution incidents, dock damage, personal injuries to longshoremen and crew, as well as to provide immediate response in MARPOL criminal defense matters. Ryan also has executed Rule B attachments of vessels and bunkers and handles the review and negotiation of charter parties. When not engaged in maritime matters, Ryan also practices in litigation involving real property, construction defects, contracts and product liability. Before becoming an attorney, Ryan sailed as a licensed engineer in the U.S. and foreign flag merchant marine, and then worked in the design and performance testing of marine propulsion plants. Ryan lives in Charleston with his wife and four children, where he plays ice hockey, coaches youth hockey, and works as a backyard beekeeper with his sons.
Associate, Chalos O’Connor, LLP, 2011; Associate, Buist Moore Smythe McGee, P.A., 2006-2011.
Shipboard Engineering Officer, U.S. Merchant Marine, 2004-2005, Marine Engineer, 1997-2003.