C. Kent Roberts, a shareholder in the Portland office of regional, multiservice law firm Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt, was elected to a three-year membership term on the board of directors for the Maritime Law Association of the United States at the Association’s May 4 meeting in New York. A position on the organization’s board is one the most coveted positions in the maritime legal community.
“It is a tremendous honor to be named to this position,” said Roberts. “I look forward to working with the highly regarded individuals already serving on the board.”
“Kent is a remarkable lawyer and a recognized expert in maritime matters,” said Mark Long, managing partner at Schwabe. “This new position provides a wonderful complement to his skills and is a testament to his reputation in the industry.”
Roberts's legal practice emphasizes representation of closely held businesses and maritime industry clients, particularly vessel operating companies, shipyards and ports. He serves on Schwabe’s board of directors and is the chairman of the firm's hiring committee. He is also a member of the Admiralty, Business Law, and Debtor/Creditor sections of the Oregon State Bar.
Roberts is listed in Best Lawyers in America for his work in maritime law and in 2006 was named an Oregon Super Lawyer by Law & Politics magazine. He is a frequent lecturer on maritime industry issues and has taught Admiralty and Maritime Law since 1989 as an adjunct professor at Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Ore. He received his juris doctor degree from the Lewis & Clark College School of Law.
Roberts is also a college and international level men's lacrosse referee and a youth lacrosse coach. In 2003, he was named Girls Youth Lacrosse Coach of the Year by the U.S. Lacrosse Association.
About the Maritime Law Association of the United States
The Maritime Law Association of the United States (MLA) was founded in 1899. Its formation was prompted by the organization, some three years earlier, of the International Maritime Committee. The MLA’s purposes are as follows: 1) to advance reforms in the maritime law of the United States; 2) to facilitate justice in the administration of maritime law; 3) to promote uniformity in the enactment and interpretation of maritime law; 4) to furnish a forum for the discussion and consideration of problems affecting maritime law; 5) to participate as a constituent member of the Comité Maritime International and as an affiliated organization of the American Bar Association; and 6) to act with other associations in efforts to bring about a greater harmony in the shipping laws, regulations and practices of different nations.