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New Admiralty and Maritime Section Expands Firm's Areas of Expertise

July 2006

Chamberlain Hrdlicka today announced the addition of a Admiralty and Maritime Section to the firm as well as the addition of four new attorneys.

The newly formed Admiralty and Maritime Section handles matters of offshore drilling and production, marine transportation, marine construction, dredging, and other affairs involving the waterfront. The new attorneys who comprise the Admiralty and Maritime Section at Chamberlain Hrdlicka include the following:

  • Dan Pipitone is a Shareholder and Section Chairman for the Admiralty and Maritime section at Chamberlain Hrdlicka. He received a B.A. from Edinboro State University and a J.D. from Pennsylvania State University's Dickinson School of Law, where he served as Articles Editor for the Dickinson Law Review. Formerly a partner at Phelps Dunbar, Pipitone is a Proctor in Admiralty Law as well as a member of the American Bar Association, the Texas Bar Association, the Houston Bar Association, the National Association of Defense Counsel and the Maritime Law Association of the United States.
  • Kevin Dossett is also an Associate in the Admiralty and Maritime Section. He received his B.A. in History from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA, a J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law and an L.L.M. in Admiralty from Tulane University School of Law. He is a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute and the Houston Bar Association.
  • William "Hank" Stout is an Associate in the Admiralty and Litigation Sections of the firm. He received a B.A. in Marketing from the University of Mississippi and a J.D. from South Texas College of Law. He is a member of the Federal Bar Association, the Houston Bar Association and the Houston Young Lawyers Association. Stout is involved in the underwriting committee for Steps for Students and is a United Way Young Leader.

In addition to the three new admiralty and maritime attorneys, Chamberlain Hrdlicka has added a shareholder in its Tax Section.

  • Pam Powers is a Shareholder, working in the firm's Tax Section. She received a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Houston - Clear Lake and a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center, where she served as the editor of the Law Review. In addition to her extensive legal expertise, Powers previously served as an Instructor for Conviser-Duffy CPA Review. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Texas Bar Association and the Houston Bar Association. Powers also volunteers with I Have A Dream.

"We are pleased to increase the firm's expertise in admiralty and maritime law by creating this new section, which will also work closely with our Energy Section," said Wayne Risoli, managing shareholder of Chamberlain Hrdlicka. "Further, with the addition of Pipitone and his team as well as Pam Powers to the firm's Tax Section, Chamberlain Hrdlicka is poised to continue to serve our clients' best interests by providing top-notch attorneys in areas where they need expert counsel and legal expertise."