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CMA Shipping
38th Annual Expo & Conference
March 21-23, 2023Hilton Stamford | Connecticut, USA

Sean Pribyl
Partner at Holland & Knight LLP


Sean T. Pribyl is a business attorney in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office. Mr. Pribyl focuses his practice on maritime regulatory compliance matters, international law and trade, renewable energy and alternative fuels, sanctions, emerging technologies, environmental crimes, and marine claims and litigation.

Mr. Pribyl has more than 25 years of combined experience in the maritime sector, including significant experience with environmental regulatory compliance and enforcement matters involving the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), Department of Energy, Maritime Administration, Customs and Border Protection, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of State, and others. Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Pribyl worked as a senior claims executive and FD&D lawyer in Arendal, Norway at a P&I Club advising shipowners, charterers, and commodity traders on marine and charterparty matters. Before that, he practiced as a maritime lawyer at an international law firm in Washington, D.C.. He began his legal career as a USCG judge advocate (JAG) in the Eighth District (D8) Legal Office (New Orleans) and the Office of Maritime and International Law (DC), during which time he also served as a U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Special U.S. Attorney and as legal advisor to the Federal On-scene Coordinator for the Deepwater Horizon incident response. Before law school, Mr. Pribyl worked for eight years as a USCG- and Marshall Island-licensed unlimited tonnage deck officer aboard various oceangoing vessels, and he also served for 12 years as a Naval Reserve Strategic Sealift Officer.

Mr. Pribyl is a member of the National Academies of Sciences (NAS) Marine Board where he participates on subcommittees related to offshore wind and energy, among others, and serves on a NAS study committee on "New Coast Guard Authorities" examining emerging issues over the next decade and the Coast Guard's statutory authority to address same. He is a Proctor in Admiralty with the Maritime Law Association (MLA) of the United States, and has been a regular speaker at international events on maritime law while contributing to numerous treatises.

Mr. Pribyl is a Fellow at the Georgetown Law Institute of International and Economic Law. He holds a M.A. in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College, a J.D. from Washburn University School of Law (International and Comparative Law Concentration), and a B.S. from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Agenda Sessions

  • The Future of Ship Finance


Speakers at this event