Pamela Schultz

Pamela Schultz

Partner San Francisco , United States

Admissions

  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Hawaii
  • Louisiana
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Federal Maritime Commission
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • US District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Central and Middle Districts of California
  • US District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • US District Court for the District of Hawaii
  • US District Courts for the Eastern, Western and Middle Districts of Louisiana
  • US District Court for the District of New Jersey
  • US District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • US District Court for the Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas

Education

  • Louisiana State University, JD, 2000
  • Louisiana State University, BA, 1997

Pamela is a Partner in the San Francisco office, specializing in both admiralty and maritime law, product and general liability, as well as insurance coverage. Pamela’s experience in admiralty and maritime litigation includes claims involving cargo, personal injury defense, recreational boating, product liability, charter parties, marine insurance, ship arrests and attachments, collisions and maritime liens. Her clients include London Underwriters, domestic insurers, protection and indemnity clubs and their members, vessel owners, charterers and terminals. Pamela frequently provides insurance coverage advice to both primary and excess insurers in the London and domestic market. She also has experience representing manufacturers and suppliers in product liability litigation.

Pamela is involved in numerous trade and professional associations and recently served a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the Maritime Law Association of the United States.

Presentations

  • "The Good, The Bad and The UGLY: A Panel Review of Recent Personal Injury Cases," presented at the Pacific Admiralty Seminar (October 2019)
  • "Maritime Attachment Under U.S. Law," presented at the Admiralty Law Institute (March 2018)
  • "Jonah and the Whale, Adventure Tourism," presented at the International Marine Claims Conference (September 2017)
  • "Personal Jurisdiction: A Journey through Daimler and Its Potential Impact," presented at the Maritime Law Association Practice and Procedure Committee (May 2017)
  • "Novel Issues With Respect to Limitation of Liability: Can Vessel Owners Limit Liability to a Certain Value?," presented at ACI's 4th Annual Forum on Admiralty & Maritime Claims and Litigation (February 4, 2015)
  • “Whose Job is it Anyway?," Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Claims: Defending and Managing New and Emerging Claims Including Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress, Negligence Per Se, Physical Stress, Duty to Warn, and more," presented at ACI's 3rd Annual Forum on Admiralty & Maritime Claims and Litigation (February 27, 2014)
  • “Marine Insurance Masterclass,"  presented in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (2012)
  • "In the Wake of Baker and Townsend," presented at the Maritime Law Association Fall Meeting (2011)

Publications

  • Author, "Whose Job Is It Anyway?: Borrowed Employees and the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act," published in Benedict's Maritime Bulletin (Third Quarter 2019)
  • Author, "Recent Developments in Admiralty and Maritime Law," published in Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal (Winter 2017)
  • Author, "Personal Jurisdiction: A Journey through Daimler and Its Potential Impact," published in Benedict's Maritime Bulletin (Third Quarter 2017)
  • Author, "Recent Developments in Admiralty and Maritime Law," published in Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal (Winter 2016)
  • Author, "Recent Developments in Admiralty and Maritime Law,” published in Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal (Winter 2015)
  • Author, "The Dorothy J - A Missed Opportunity," published in American Bar Association Admiralty and Maritime Newsletter, (Summer 2011)
  • Author, "In the Wake of Baker and Townsend," published in Benedict's Maritime Bulletin (Fourth Quarter 2011)

Work highlights

  • Successfully defended shipbuilder contractor in personal injury lawsuit with alleged cognitive disabilities in an issue of first impression in the Ninth Circuit on borrowed servant doctrine.
  • Obtained decision in favor of maritime lien claimants on an issue of first impression in the Fifth Circuit involving law of advancements.
  • Obtained favorable settlement in maritime attachment case on behalf of bank, including significant reduction in custodia legis expenses.
  • Resolved dozens of Rule B attachment claims on behalf of shipowners, charterers and other maritime claimants.
  • Obtained favorable settlement on behalf of vessel owner defendant in recreational boating accident involving loss of life.

Reported decisions

  • Prickett v. Bonnier Corporation, 55 Cal. App. 5th 891 (2020)
  • White Knight Yacht, LLC v. Certain Lloyds at Lloyd’s London Underwriters, 407 F.Supp.3d 931, 2019 AMC 2159 (S.D. Cal. 2019)
  • Cruz v. United States, 910 F.3d 1263, 2019 AMC 47 (9th Cir. 2018)
  • Cruz v. United States, 247 F.Supp.3d 1138, 2017 AMC 681 (S.D. Cal. 2017)
  • Guan v. Deng (In re Deng), No., 2014 AMC 1295 (N.D. Cal. 2014)
  • Effjohn Int'l Cruise Holdings, Inc. v. A&L Sales, Inc., 346 F.3d 552, 2003 AMC 2578 (5th Cir. 2003)