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CMA Shipping
40th Annual Expo & Conference
April 1-3, 2025Hilton Stamford | Connecticut, USA

Sean Pribyl
Partner at Holland & Knight LLP


Sean T. Pribyl is a Partner in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C., office where he supports the firm’s Maritime, International Trade, and Energy practices. With more than 25 years of combined experience in the maritime sector, Mr. Pribyl focuses his practice on regulatory compliance, marine casualty investigations, international trade and sanctions, sustainability, oil/gas/energy, offshore wind, the Jones Act, marine claims and disputes, and MARPOL defense.
Prior to joining Holland & Knight, Mr. Pribyl worked with a P&I Club in Arendal, Norway as a senior claims executive and lawyer. Prior to his time in Norway, he practiced law at an international law firm in Washington, D.C. Before entering private practice, he served as a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) judge advocate (“JAG”) during which time he was appointed a DOJ Special U.S. Attorney. Prior to law school, he served for eight years as a merchant mariner deck officer aboard U.S.- and Marshall Island-flagged offshore supply vessels, oceangoing cargo ships, and fiber-optic cable ships. He also served for 12 years as a naval reserve officer.
Mr. Pribyl is also a regular author and speaker at national and international conferences on topics related to maritime law, international trade, renewable energy, and ESG matters in the maritime sector. Outside the firm, Mr. Pribyl is a long-standing Member of the National Academy of Sciences Marine Board and serves as a Senior Advisor to the World Maritime University-Sasakawa Global Ocean Institute.
Mr. Pribyl is currently pursuing his LL.M. in International Business and Economic Law from Georgetown University Law Center, where he also serves as a Fellow in the Institute of International Economic Law. He holds a M.A. degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the U.S. Naval War College, a J.D. from Washburn University School of Law, and a B.S. from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Agenda Sessions

  • Exploring a Potential US Response to EU ETS

  • Maritime Economics: How are trading routes and trade agreements likely to evolve leading up to 2030 and beyond?