Meet our professionals
Eric C. Jeffrey
Eric has counseled clients in maritime and other transportation matters for over 30 years, helping them deal with complex regulatory issues. His clients cover the entire international transportation industry, including ocean common carriers, marine terminal operators NVOCCs, freight forwarders, and other global trade entities. Eric offers advice with respect to the requirements of the Shipping Act of 1984, the Merchant Marine Act of 1936 and other pertinent statutes. Eric’s practice focuses on compliance issues and covers both advice to clients and representation in proceedings before the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) and in the courts, including some of the FMC’s most significant cases.
Eric is magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and a cum laude graduate of Cornell University (Mathematics). He clerked for the New Jersey Supreme Court, and has since been engaged in private practice for the past 40 years. Eric was selected by his clients and peers as a Best Lawyer in America for admiralty and maritime in both 2020 and 2021.
ADMISSIONS: District of Columbia; United States Supreme Court; United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit; United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit; United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit; United States District Court for the District of Columbia
Rebecca A. Fenneman
Rebecca has deep experience in regulatory compliance and enforcement of international ocean shipping, international transportation, logistics, and intermodal transportation policy. She is known for finding creative business solutions for maritime and logistics companies, importers, exporters, ports, and marine terminal operators in complex commercial disputes.
Rebecca began her career at the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) in the Office of the General Counsel as principal attorney for international affairs. She has also served as Deputy Director of the Bureau of Trade Analysis, providing economic analysis on the effects of ocean common carrier and marine terminal agreements, as well as reviewing service contracts, NVO service arrangements, and tariff publications. As the FMC's General Counsel, Rebecca directed appellate litigation and rulemaking, as well as providing advice to policymakers, delivering congressional testimony, and coordinating legislative affairs. Her final role at the FMC was as Director, Office of Consumer Affairs and Dispute Resolution Services.
Rebecca earned her J.D. from the University of Maryland (with honor). Recipient of the FMC's Silver Medal for Meritorious Service, she retired as a career member of the Senior Executive Service on March 31, 2020.
ADMISSIONS: District of Columbia; Maryland; United States District Court for the District of Maryland