“Attorneys in the maritime and transportation sectors tend to be either litigation or commercially oriented, not both. Sometimes one comes along with the rare gift to specialize in both, that’s Tim.”Senior P&I Club Claims Executive
Timothy S. McGovern is a partner with our firm, with expertise in maritime and transportation matters, such as personal injury and wrongful death defense, cargo claims and commercial disputes. Tim also advises maritime and transportation clients with respect to contracts and related commercial matters.
Tim has extensive experience litigating matters throughout the United States and is admitted to practice in the state of Illinois, along with the federal courts in Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan. He has engaged in appellate advocacy before the Illinois Supreme Court, the Appellate Courts for the state of Illinois and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
In addition to contentious matters, Tim has advised major energy, maritime and logistics service providers on contractual issues. He has prepared form contracts, advised clients and served as a trusted advisor to the industry he has worked in and served for nearly three decades.
Prior to his legal career, Tim served as a USCG licensed master of passenger vessels operating in Lake Michigan. His operational experience and legal expertise allow him to provide clients with advice based on a unique mix of hands-on familiarity and courtroom experience.
Highlights of Tim’s work include the following:
Defense of logistics company against claims involving a cargo of copper that disappeared from a container in transit. Enforced package limitation under the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act and won appeal before Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Representation of client insurance company in the Eastern District of Wisconsin regarding damages to a cargo of food products carried from California.
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 cargo interest in claims for cargo damage caused by collapse of warehouse. Won key motion for sanctions and defeated the warehouse’s motion for summary judgment to enforce a limitation of liability.
Representation of Asian shipowner in US federal litigation brought against a publicly traded US minerals and mining company in connection with the pursuit of fraudulent transfer claims. In a reported decision, successfully defeated summary judgment motion made by defendant.
Representation of client aircraft manufacturer in defense of asbestos related lawsuit for personal injuries resulting from asbestos exposure during maintenance and repair. Upon removal to federal court, plaintiff’s motion to remand was denied.
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Fraudulent asset transfers Part 14 of our series on the tools and strategies for how international businesses can deal with an economic crisis. Sadly, for some businesses, the economic crisis will put their backs against the wall. In those circumstances, some parties will be tempted to hide assets, rather than be exposed to liability. Following the financial collapse of 2008/2009, we saw an increase in fraudulent transfers. Tim McGovern has experience securing claims against assets that have been the subject of such fraudulent transfers, including an action against a publicly traded entity in respect of a USD 70 million liability. Tim sets out when and how these assets can be traced, so that they find their way back to the true creditor(s). For further information please contact Timothy McGovern or anyone from the ZFZ team to discuss this, or any of the other topics in the video series.
McGovern (lecturer), “Current Issues in Maritime and Transportation Personal Injury Matters”, FZ Presentation, 12.12.2019
McGovern (lecturer), “Admiralty Law”, The John Marshall Law School, Chicago/USA, 2019