General Maritime Law 101 and Introduction to Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice on the High Seas.


CLE credits earned: 2 General Credits (WA 2 Law and Legal)

Briton Sparkman: 2:00-3:00
The general maritime law of the United States traces its historic roots to legal principles that predate the founding of the country. So critical was this area of the law to a fledgling nation that the founding fathers agreed that federal courts, not state courts, would exercise admiralty jurisdiction and specifically incorporated same into Article III of the Constitution. Despite the agreement on its national importance and hundreds of years of jurisprudence, questions involving maritime law and admiralty jurisdiction are still evolving. In this general overview course, we will address common principles of maritime law including admiralty jurisdiction; what constitutes a maritime claim; what is a vessel; and what are the navigable waters of the United States.

Hon. John G. Ingram (Ret.), also known as “Captain Ingram,” will present a program aimed at guiding attendees in navigating the waters of the maritime laws relating to personal injury and medical malpractice on the high seas.

This course is co-sponsored with myLawCLE.

Key topics to be discussed:

Briton Sparkman-
•   General Overview of U.S. Maritime Law
•   What is a maritime claim?
•   Torts
•   Contract
•   What is a Vessel? (harder than you think)
•   What are Navigable Waters of the United States?

Hon. John G. Ingram (Ret.).-
•  Seafarers rights and remedies
•  Jones Act
•  Longshore and harbor workers’ rights and remedies
•  Passengers rights and remedies
•  Passenger contract/venue and time to sue
•  Medical malpractice – passenger and crew

Date / Time: April 30, 2021

•   2:00 pm – 4:10 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 3:10 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 2:10 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 1:10 pm Pacific

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Original Broadcast Date: April 30, 2021

Briton P. Sparkman | Chalos & Co, P.C.

Briton concentrates his practice on civil and criminal litigation with a focus on admiralty and maritime law, including but not limited to contract disputes, maritime liens, maritime attachment, carriage of goods, vessel collisions, oil and hazardous material spills and discharges, personal injury, and the criminal defense of ship owners, managers, and crewmembers. In addition to handling cases pending in a variety of state and federal courts, as well as arbitrations before the Society of Maritime Arbitrators (among others), Mr. Sparkman also regularly assists clients navigating regulatory and administrative proceedings, including actions pending before the United States Coast Guard, the National Pollution Fund Center, the Office of Foreign Assets Control, the Environmental Protection Agency, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Hon. John G. Ingram (Ret.). | NAM (National Arbitration and Mediation)

The Honorable John G. Ingram has had a long and remarkable legal career, both as a judge and a litigator practicing admiralty law. As one of the nation’s foremost authorities in maritime law, Judge Ingram has successfully litigated hundreds of cases representing container ship companies, cruise ship owners, terminal operators, passenger and harbor workers, seafarers, docking pilots, a major towing company and the Port of Albany. Additionally, he represented a foreign government in cargo cases. As a Commissioner of Pilots, Judge Ingram oversaw and conducted investigations concerning pilots involved in marine casualties. He also represented seafarers in United States Coast Guard investigations. Further, he served as an attorney for parties in charter and salvage arbitrations.

In 2003, Judge Ingram left private practice and began a distinguished 17-year judicial career when Governor George Pataki appointed him Judge of the New York State Court of Claims. Shortly thereafter, he was assigned to the Supreme Court, Bronx County Narcotics and Trial Part and then reassigned to the Supreme Court, Kings County, Trial Part, in the criminal division, where he served with distinction for nine years. During that time, Judge Ingram presided over more than 200 felony trials to verdict. In 2017, he was appointed Acting Surrogate Judge, Kings County, where he oversaw more than three hundred estate cases and settled multiple contested estate matters. Two years later, Justice Ingram was reassigned to the Supreme Court, Kings County. While serving on the Kings County bench, he was also assigned to Queens Supreme Court (Civil) to oversee a voter recount of the Democratic primary election for Queens District Attorney. He also sat as Acting Surrogate Judge of Richmond County overseeing estate matters. He remained Justice of the Supreme Court, Kings County, until his retirement in December 2019.

Justice Ingram has served as an arbitrator in the United State District Court for the Eastern District of New York and Civil Court of the City of New York. Additionally, he has served as a commercial arbitrator for many commercial cases throughout New York. An avid supporter of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), Judge Ingram’s experience on the bench, combined with the time spent as a maritime litigator in private practice, gives him the ability to approach matters in an unbiased manner and guide parties and counsel to a fair and impartial resolution.

Captain Ingram’s interest and deep understanding of maritime law stems back to his undergraduate studies at the State University of New York Maritime College, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation. After graduation, he joined the United States Naval Reserve and sailed on his license aboard U.S. flag freighters, containerships, and passenger liners as a Third and Second Mate. In the 31 years with the U.S. Naval Reserve, Judge Ingram served on board two aircraft carriers, a landing platform helicopter ship (LPH), an oiler (tanker) and a destroyer escort. He served as commanding officer of five reserve units including Military Sealift Command Northern United Kingdom. He holds a third mate’s license for Continuity issued by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Additionally, Judge Ingram served as a Member of the Boards of Maritime College Foundation at Fort Schuyler, the Alumni Association of the New York State Maritime College, The Cathedral Club of Brooklyn and Vice President and board member of the Brooklyn Benevolent Society. He is a member of the Association of the U.S. Navy, the BAYFORTS, NYS Association of Fire Chiefs and The Marine Society of the City of New York. He is also an Honorary Usher at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan.

Judge Ingram is a native New Yorker, born in Manhattan, raised in Queens, educated in Brooklyn and the Bronx. He is an active member of the New York State Fire Chiefs, a volunteer firefighter and member of the Point Breeze Volunteer Fire Department since 1958 and was appointed to the Advisory Board of the FDNY Fire Family Transport Foundation, LTD. He is also an Honorary Battalion Chief in the Fire Department of New York.

Judge Ingram is available to arbitrate and mediate maritime cases nationwide and surrogate matters throughout New York State.

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I. General Overview of U.S. Maritime Law 2:00-2:10
II. What is a maritime claim? 2:10-2:20
III. Torts 2:20-2:30
IV. Contract 2:30-2:40
V. What is a Vessel? (harder than you think) 2:40-2:50
VI. What are Navigable Waters of the United States? 2:50-3:00
VII. Break 3:00-3:10
VIII. Seafarers rights and remedies 3:10-3:20
IX. Jones Act 3:20-3:30
X. Longshore and harbor workers’ rights and remedies 3:30-3:40
XI. Passengers rights and remedies 3:40-3:50
XII. Passenger contract/venue and time to sue 3:50-4:00
XIII. Medical malpractice – passenger and crew 4:00-4:10