Edward Floyd is a partner with our firm and focuses on international disputes involving the shipping and commodities trading industries. He has extensive experience in federal courts across the United States and in arbitration proceedings under a range of rules.

Based in New York, Ed has also advocated in Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Ohio, Illinois, Arkansas, and California. He also advises clients in commercial and maritime arbitrations under various sets of rules, including the SMA, ICC and GAFTA, as well as in ad hoc proceedings.

Ed’s experience includes matters involving general average, vessel collisions and allisions, all manner of charter parties and resulting disputes, vessel seizures, and sanctions. He is regularly engaged to handle allegations of fraud, corporate veil piercing and complex financial matters relating to the international shipping and commodities industries.

Ed is a 2004 graduate of Fordham Law School. He has cross-border qualifications, being admitted as an attorney in the United States (New York and New Jersey) and as a solicitor in England & Wales.  He completed his undergraduate education at the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1996 (with merit) and thereafter serving as an infantry officer on active duty in the US Marine Corps and primarily as an artillery officer in the reserves, with significant command experience and becoming a LtCol. That involvement in logistically intensive work complements his transportation related practice.

Ed’s native language is English, and he has a working knowledge of Italian and French.

Highlights of Ed’s most recent work include the following:

  • Advised Italian shipowner on sanctions related to trade in South and Middle America.

  • Advised major European shipping company on the provision of an insurance product in England, Australia and the United States.

  • Representation of European bank regarding recovery of a multi-million dollar claim against an insolvent entity under claims relating to mis-delivery of cargo. Assertively pursued security actions against possible assets and successfully obtained an attachment over assets belonging to an alter-ego in a US targeting a vessel in the Southern District of Texas. In a reported decision, successfully defeated post-discovery motion to vacate seizure order and dismiss action. Global litigation included proceedings in UK and East Asia.

  • Representation of Italian shipowners in defense of numerous cargo claims resulting from signficant vessel incident involving major container loss.

  • Representation of clients, multiple entities from multiple countries involved in exchange trading business, in defense of fraud allegations brought by a Greek billionaire and related companies.

  • Representation of Eastern European state in the Southern District of New York regarding enforcement proceedings arising from an UNCITRAL arbitral award. Successfully obtained attachment of funds deposited with arbitral body.

  • Representing a global trading service in a successful strike out/summary judgment application and security for costs application in the High Court of England & Wales, after allegations were made of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and commission of the tort of conspiracy to injure by unlawful means.

  • Advised Skandinavian shipowner regarding informal arrest of vessel in Venezuela on claims of “stolen cargo” valued at several million USD.

  • Defended oil spill indemnification claims against client time charterer following oil spill event on Mississippi.

  • Representaiotn of major turkish conglomerate in pursuit of claims against US manufacturer of heavy equipment for defects and return of deposits, successful defeat of subject matter jurisdiction challenge involving the structural nature of a Turkish A.S. (Anonim Sirket).

Interested in specific aspects of Ed’s recent work? Contact newyork@zeilerfloydzad.com for further reference cases.

Professional Experience

  • Partner, Zeiler Floyd Zadkovich, New York/USA (since 2020)
  • Partner, Floyd Zadkovich, New York/USA (2017-2020)
  • Attorney, Eaton & Van Winkle LLP, New York/USA (2007-2016)
  • Major, Officer-in-Charter for Detention Operations, MNF-W/Iraq (2006)
  • Attorney, K&L Gates, New Jersey/USA (2004-2007)
  • Infantry Officer, US Marine Corps, multiple locations (1996-2001)
  • Member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States (extended period)
  • Member of the New York City Bar Association (extended period)


  • Graduate, US Marine Corps Command & Staff College (DEP), Virginia/USA (2012)
  • Juris Doctor, Fordham Law School, New York/USA (2004)
  • Bachelor of Science (with merit), United States Naval Academy, Annapolis/USA (1996)

Chambers USA 2021

  • USA Nationwide: Transportation - Shipping/Maritime: Litigation (New York) (Band 4)

Chambers & Partners USA 2020

  • Ranked Individual (Band 4 - US Nationwide Shipping/Maritime)
    “Ed Floyd has noteworthy experience advising clients on maritime and trading law. His broad practice covers cargo damage and loss, charter party disputes and sanctions advice.”

Super Lawyers

  • New York Super Lawyer 2016 - 2020

Super Lawyers 2021

  • Ed, Luke and Eva-Maria Ranked in Super Lawyers 2021!

    Ed, Luke and Eva-Maria Ranked in Super Lawyers 2021!

    Congratulations to our Ed Floyd, Luke Zadkovich and Eva-Maria Mayer for being ranked in the 2021 edition of Super Lawyers for their work in Transportation and Maritime!

  • New Shipping Rankings from Chambers USA!

    New Shipping Rankings from Chambers USA!

    We’re delighted to have been recognized for our US shipping work once again from Chambers and Partners USA!

  • Disputes for Tea | Arbitration

    Disputes for Tea | Arbitration

    “False Friends in Arbitration: A Transatlantic Comparison of Arbitrability”

    Arbitrability and competence-competence are fundamental cornerstones of international arbitration. Yet, the meaning and application of these principles differs quite significantly across the Atlantic. Our team has experienced this first hand in cases worldwide across many sectors – from shipping to energy to construction.

    Join us on May 20 for a comparative deconstruction of some of the basic rules applying at the intersection of state courts and arbitral tribunals with University of Innsbruck Professor Hubertus Schumacher and our New York partner Edward Floyd, moderated by Gerold Zeiler

    Thursday, 20 May 2021
    15:00 Central European Time / 09:00 Eastern Standard Time

  • Ed Floyd presents at event for US intel community

    Ed Floyd presents at event for US intel community

    Partner Edward Floyd had the honor this week of briefing a great group from the US intel community on the interrelation between maritime law and national security.

  • Anti-Suit Injunctions: A Race Against the Clock

    Anti-Suit Injunctions: A Race Against the Clock

    A four-month delay in bringing an anti-suit injunction was held to prevent its issue in Enka v Chubb Insurance [2020] 1 Lloyd’s Rep. 71. PJSC was the contractor for the construction of a power plant.

  • ICA Claims – Preserving Time

    ICA Claims – Preserving Time

    The inter-club agreement is designed to prevent litigation. It normally does so, so any reporting providing further clarity is welcome.

  • Arbitration Clauses in Australia – Not Quite What It Says on the Tin

    Arbitration Clauses in Australia – Not Quite What It Says on the Tin

    The Australian federal court, in an exceptional case, emphasised its reach over arbitration tribunals in a recent judgment.

  • Uncertainty Around BIMCO’s Non-Payment of Hire Clause

    Uncertainty Around BIMCO’s Non-Payment of Hire Clause

    The vessel was time-chartered on an NYPE form containing the BIMCO Non-Payment of Hire Clause. Hire was payable 15 days in advance, every 15 days.

  • We publish an article in Tulane Maritime Law Journal, vol. 44

    We publish an article in Tulane Maritime Law Journal, vol. 44

    Lerch, Zadkovich and Floyd (authors), “International Uniformity and Maritime Liens over Cargo: An Ocean Not Easily Navigated”, Tulane Maritime Law Journal [44 TUL. MAR. L.J. 251 (2020)].

  • We publish an article in Tulane Maritime Law Journal, vol. 44

    We publish an article in Tulane Maritime Law Journal, vol. 44

    “International Uniformity and Maritime Liens
    over Cargo: An Ocean Not Easily Navigated”
    We are excited to share our full journal article published by the prestigious and highly acclaimed Tulane Maritime Law Journal [44 TUL. MAR. L.J. 251 (2020)], co-authored by Aiden Lerch, Luke Zadkovich and Edward Floyd.