Alena Eckhardt

Alena Eckhardt

Of Counsel San Francisco , United States

Admissions

• California
• Florida
• North Carolina
• Arizona
• U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
• U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
• U.S. District Courts for Northern, Southern, Central and Eastern Districts of California
• U.S. District Court for Southern and Middle Districts of Florida
• U.S. District Court for Eastern District of North Carolina

Education

• Environmental and Animal Law, Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College, LLM, cum laude, 2014
• University of Florida Levin College of Law, JD, magna cum laude, 2004
• University of Michigan, BBA, with high honors, Marketing, 2001

Languages

• Russian

Of Counsel in our San Francisco office, Alena brings 15+ years of wide-ranging litigation experience to her practice. Her expansive admiralty and maritime practice includes defending vessel owners, freight forwarders, charterers, terminals and their insurers in personal injury and property damage claims, maritime liens and replevin, cargo claims and subrogation. Alena has also represented clients in matters involving fires in marinas and aboard vessels, salvage claims and pleasure boat accidents, maritime and environmental casualties, international shipping, as well as insurance coverage, transportation law, product liability matters, and a wide-range of commercial disputes, in both state and federal courts at pre-trial, trial and appellate levels. She also served as an Administrative Law Judge for the City of Portland and regularly conducts administrative hearings for the City of Long Beach.

While pursuing her LL.M., Alena was a recipient of the Richard J. Peppin Scholarship and worked as a research fellow at Stiftung für das Tier im Recht in Zürich, Switzerland. 

Alena is involved in numerous trade and professional associations, including the Maritime Law Association of the United States and Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association.

Work highlights

  • Successfully pursued subrogation on behalf of insurer for extensive damage to luxury yachts in maritime negligence matter
  • Successfully defended an international freight forwarder in a contractual dispute involving high-valued cargo
  • Obtained favourable settlement on behalf of vessel owner in limitation action involving wrongful death/survivorship lawsuits following a two-boat collision with multiple casualties and loss of life
  • Successfully defended the interests of Jones Act employer/vessel owner in connection with seaman’s personal injury claims
  • Obtained favourable settlement on behalf of marine surveyor in a commercial dispute

Presentations and publications

“The Anatomy of an Accident,” presented at the Cal Maritime’s annual Women in Maritime Leadership Conference (March 2018).