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Wiggin and Dana Partner Appointed Chair of the U.S. Maritime Law Association's Committee on Marine Insurance and General Average

July 6, 2010

Wiggin and Dana is pleased to announce that Joseph Grasso, Partner of the firm's Litigation Department and Co-Chair of its Insurance Practice Group, became Chair of the U.S. Maritime and Law Association's Committee on Marine Insurance and General Average, following the Marine Law Association's annual meeting in May.

As Chair of the Committee, Mr. Grasso will oversee the Committee's ongoing work in monitoring legal and practical developments impacting participants in the marine insurance industry, and the ongoing projects of the Committee's three subcommittees (on Cargo, Hull and P&I and General Average).

Mr. Grasso received his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law and his BA, cum laude, from Yale University. In addition to being active in Alumni Affairs at Yale, Joe has served on the Board of Trustees of Tuskegee University since 1995.

His work includes analysis of coverage and defense and monitoring of claims involving marine and energy risks (including hull, cargo, yacht, liability and fine art and specie), as well as aviation, professional liability, comprehensive general liability, and political risks. Joe is also a member of the firm's Diversity Committee.

About The Maritime Law Association
The Maritime Law Association of the United States (MLA) was founded in 1899. The objectives of the Association are to advance reforms in the Maritime Law of the United States, to facilitate justice in its administration, to promote uniformity in its enactment and interpretation, to furnish a forum for the discussion and consideration of problems affecting the Maritime Law and its administration, to participate as a constituent member of the Comité Maritime International and as an affiliated organization of the American Bar Association, and to act with other associations in efforts to bring about a greater harmony in the shipping laws, regulations and practices of different nations. The MLA membership consists of lawyers involved in maritime matters, judges active in matters involving admiralty issues, admiralty law professors, and non-lawyers who are selected because they hold responsible positions in the maritime field and have rendered distinguished service in the advancement of maritime law or its administration. For more information visit: