Philip J. Loree (“Mr. Loree Sr.”) has more than 50 years of experience practicing law with a focus on maritime, labor and corporate law. For many years one of the leading United States spokespersons for the maritime industry, he is a skilled writer, negotiator, speaker and strategist, and has extensive experience in commercial and industry arbitration, including labor arbitration proceedings arising under Section 301 of the Labor Management Relations Act.
Mr. Loree Sr. graduated from Fordham University with a B.S. in American Civilization. He earned his J .D. With Distinction at Cornell Law School, graduating third in his class. He was an editor-in-chief of the Cornell Law Quarterly, and a member of the Order of the Coif and Phi Kappa Phi. He won Cornell ‘s Langfan Moot Court Competition, and was a research assistant to Professor Harry Henn, helping him write a then new edition of his well-known and regarded treatise, Henn on Corporations
Following active duty in the U.S. Army as a commissioned officer, he began his legal career as an associate at Donovan, Leisure, Newton & Irvine, the Wall Street firm founded by General William (”Wild Bill”) Donovan of the Fighting 69th and Office of Strategic Services (“OSS”). There, he worked under the tutelage of George S. Leisure, one of Donovan Leisure’s founding partners. He earned a Martindale-Hubbell AV rating at age 28.
He later became a partner and, later, managing partner, at Hays, Landsman and Head, a New York City firm, whose principal client was a well-known oil company owner and his various corporations. His practice there focused on labor relations, employment and discrimination law, arbitration law, employee benefits, corporate law, maritime law and mergers & acquisitions.
Later, Hays Landsman merged with Dechert, Price & Rhoads, where he served as managing partner of Dechert’s New York City office and a member of the management committee.
While he was an associate at Donovan, Leisure he was elected as an officer of one of the firm’s clients, the Federation of American Controlled Shipping (“FACS”). FACS was a maritime trade association made up of American companies with economic interests in tankers, bulk carriers, container vessels, passenger cruise vessels and other specialty vessels registered in so-called open registry countries, especially in the Republic of Liberia and Panama. He was later elected as Chairman, an office to which he was reelected annually until he retired from FACS 25 years later.
- During his years as an officer of FACS he actively participated in matters involving:
- Individual flag states;
- Various U. S. Government departments and agencies, including the Department of Defense, United States Navy, United States Coast Guard, the Department of Transportation and the Maritime Administration;
- Congressional committees, including the House Ways and Means Committee, Senate Finance Committee, House Merchant Marine & Fisheries Committee and Senate Finance Committee;
- The news and television media; and
- Nongovernmental organizations in the United States and abroad.
He served as an industry adviser to United States State Department and other government delegations to various intergovernmental meetings and conferences; wrote extensively on maritime issues; testified at congressional and executive branch hearings; chaired industry groups here and abroad; was a speaker at maritime conferences and meetings in the United States and twenty other countries; and was a guest lecturer at the U.S. Naval War College, Kings Point Maritime Academy, and the New York, Maine and California maritime academies.
In January 1980 he was decorated by the Republic of Liberia and admitted into the Order of the Star of Africa with the rank of Grand Knight Commander in recognition of his contributions toward the improvement of the Liberian maritime program. He was the 1993 recipient of the prestigious Commodore Award, which is presented annually by the Connecticut Maritime Association in recognition of notable service to the international shipping industry.
He is a member of the New York State bar and is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits, and several district courts in New York and Pennsylvania. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association and a former member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.
He is a member of the American Bureau of Shipping and a member (and former Board member) of the National Cargo Bureau. He is a former Chairman of the Committee on Sea Transportation of the United States Council for International Business, a former Chairman of the Committee on Maritime Transport of the Business and Industry Advisory Council to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development, a former Vice Chairman of the Commission on Maritime and Surface Transport of the International Chamber of Commerce, a former Specially Elected Member of the General committee of Lloyd’s Register of Shipping, a former director of Friends of the World Maritime University Inc. and a former member of the Executive Committee of The Propeller Club of the United States.
In 2002, in conjunction with Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Henry Marcus and others, he co-authored a comprehensive report commissioned by the United State Chief of Naval Operations on increasing the size of the Effective United States Control Fleet. See Henry S. Marcus, Steven W. Torok, Timothy W. Glinatsis, Parker E. Larson & Philip J. Loree, Increasing the Size of the Effective United States Control Fleet (Final Report 2002) (available online here). He has also served as Special Counsel for the Maritime Association of the Port of New York and New Jersey.
A long-time resident of Port Washington, New York, Mr. Loree Sr. now resides in North Hornell with his wife, Beverly Loree. He serves as a Community Representative on the Saint James Mercy Hospital‘s Ethics Committee and is a member of that hospital’s Board of Directors, as well as Board Secretary. He is also a member of the Board of Directors and Board President of The Bethesda Foundation, a charitable organization devoted to the funding and support of health-related projects and scholarships in Hornell, New York.