Martin Birkner



Martin Birkner is currently working for the chief technology officer of Siemens' Mobility & Logistics division, a nearly $3.5 billion revenue business within Siemens new Infrastructure & Cities Sector. Mr. Birkner is responsible for business development of innovative mobility solutions, ranging from zero-emission goods and passenger traffic to new IT-driven intermodal platform solutions. In 2008, Mr. Birkner joined Siemens, being chosen by Siemens' corporate CFO Joe Kaeser as the first member of his Finance Excellence Program. Mr. Birkner earned his diploma in mathematics from Ludwig-Maximilian University with a major in financial mathematics and statistics.


Cynthia Burch

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP


Cynthia Burch is a practitioner in the regulatory, transactional and litigation arenas, concentrating her practice in several areas of administrative law, including environmental compliance and due diligence, compliance with NEPA and CEQA, land use permitting and public private partnerships. Ms. Burch serves as counsel for BNSF Railway Company on its proposed Southern California International Gateway intermodal facility and other clients requiring access to logistic infrastructure and corridors. Ms. Burch has obtained environmental land use permits, franchises, leases and variances for large industrial and commercial facilities, including power generating stations, refineries, cogeneration facilities, oil and gas fields and pipelines, retail facilities, logistic and transportation facilities, including port and intermodal facilities and quarries. She has led teams in the performance and defense of environmental impact statements and reports under both the National Environmental Policy Act and the California Environmental Quality Act and has assisted in the permitting and development of infrastructure projects, residential and commercial developments, and brownfields.

Ms. Burch has acted on behalf of clients in negotiating new and amended federal, state and local statutes, regulations, rules and policies including implementation of goods movement and major infrastructure initiatives. Ms. Burch has represented clients in litigation involving injunctions against administrative orders; injunctions against state and local regulations; the compliance of major industrial facilities with NEPA and CEQA; the compliance of newly created environmental laws with the Administrative Procedure Act and CEQA; tort litigation; federal and state preemption and interference with interstate commerce; groundwater contamination; government contracts; and federal and state Superfund-related common law theories and contribution actions.

Ms. Burch is a chair of the firm's multidisciplinary practice servicing infrastructure and public private partnership projects. She has chaired panels at the annual Public Private Partnerships USA Summit held in Washington, D.C., for which Katten has served as a sponsor. Ms. Burch is also on the board of directors for FuturePorts, and a member of the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation and the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce Ms. Burch earned a B.A. degree from the University of Kansas, and J.D at Washburn University School of Law.


Rick Cameron

Port of Long Beach


Mr. Richard Cameron is the director of environmental planning for the Port of Long Beach and has over fifteen (15) years of experience in environmental planning and regulatory compliance.  Technical specialties include water quality, air quality, coastal land use planning, CEQA/NEPA, and marine sediment characterization.   Mr. Cameron is responsible for the day-to-day management and implementation of the Port’s environmental programs including the Port’s Green Port Policy and corresponding programs, such as the San Pedro Bay Clean Air Action Plan (CAAP), the Water Resources Action Plan (WRAP) and various CEQA/NEPA environmental documents in support of future Port redevelopment projects such as the Middle Harbor Redevelopment and Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Projects. 


Kerry Cartwright

Port of Los Angeles


Kerry Cartwright is the director of goods movement at the Port of Los Angeles. He was appointed the director of this newly created division at the Port in October 2007. Prior to joining the Port of LA, he was the manager of transportation planning at the Port of Long Beach for over 10 years. His duties and responsibilities include: the planning and conceptual design of landside access improvements, regional transportation planning, funding, and transportation policy. He has over 25 years of experience in traffic engineering and transportation planning, and is a registered traffic engineer in the state of California and a registered professional engineer in Canada. He serves on numerous regional and statewide transportation agency technical and policy committees. He received the Southern California Association of Governments’ “Regional Champion Award” for 2009.

Mr. Cartwright is also involved in global logistics in the academic arena: he is an instructor for the Global Logistics Specialist® program at California State University, Long Beach. He also has served on the Planning and Harbor Commissions for the City of Redondo Beach. Kerry obtained a B.S. in civil engineering from the University of Alberta, Canada.


Robert Clark

Port of Los Angeles


Robert Clark is a graduate of the SUNY Maritime College at Fort Schuyler where he earned a BS in marine business and commerce and a minor in humanities.  He started his career sailing on his USCG Unlimited Horsepower/Any Oceans License but soon moved ashore.


After coming ashore he worked for United States Lines in New York for five years, before moving to the West Coast, where he has continued his career for the last twenty-five years with American President Lines.


Sean T. Connoaughton

Secretary of Transportation for the Commonwealth of Virginia


Sean T. Connaughton is secretary of transportation for the Commonwealth of Virginia serving in the cabinet of Governor Bob McDonnell. As secretary, he oversees seven state agencies with more than 9,700 employees and combined annual budgets of $5 billion.


Connaughton was named U.S. Maritime Administrator by President George W. Bush in 2006. As maritime administrator, he was head of the Maritime Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation, and responsible for the daily management of that agency and its promotional programs for the marine transportation industry.


Prior to joining the McDonnell administration, he served as corporate vice president, government affairs for the American Bureau of Shipping, one of the world's leading ship and marine classification societies.


Connaughton is a graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and served the U.S. Coast Guard as both a commissioned officer and as a civil servant in the Office of Marine Safety, Security, and Environmental Protection. After gaining a master's degree from Georgetown University, he joined the American Petroleum Institute, representing companies involved in the energy and marine transportation industries, during which time he also earned a law degree from George Mason University.


As a lawyer in private practice he specialized in maritime and international law. He has

appeared before the United States Supreme Court and is a member of the Virginia Bar Association and the District of Columbia Bar Association. He served in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1986 until retiring in 2006. He is a graduate (with honors) of the U.S. Naval War College.


Doug Failing

Highway Project Delivery, Metro Transportation Authority


Mr. Failing is currently serving as the executive director of the Highway Program for Los Angeles County Metro where he is responsible for delivery of the nearly $8 billion Measure R Highway Program.

In 2006, Failing was chosen by the Los Angeles Times’ West Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in Southern California.

In addition, Los Angeles Magazine highlighted Mr. Failing in their December, 2006 issue as one of the most influential people in Los Angeles.

Failing earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Michigan Technological University in Houghton in 1980 and was hired at Caltrans in June of 1980 as a junior civil engineer.


TL Garrett

Pacific Merchant Shipping Association


Mr. Garrett began his current position with the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association (PMSA) in January 2005. PMSA represents the shipping lines and terminal operators that move approximately ninety percent of the containerized cargo on the West Coast of the United States. Mr. Garrett’s focus is primarily on air quality regulatory and legislative issues at all levels of government. He has extensive experience in reviewing air quality technical reports, regulations, and legislation, and providing input on behalf of PMSA members. Prior to PMSA he was an environmental supervisor for the Port of Los Angeles in charge of the Air Resources Section.

During his 15 years with the Port and City of Los Angeles, Mr. Garrett was the environmental project manager on a number of capital development projects and air quality programs for the Port and City. Before coming to the port he was a collections manager at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County in the ichthyology section for ten years.


Peter Greenwald

South Coast Air Quality Management District


Peter Greenwald has over twenty years of experience in air quality law and policy. He currently serves as senior policy advisor for the South Coast Air Quality Management District. Between 1990 and 2000, Mr. Greenwald served as general counsel for the SCAQMD, heading up a legal staff of over thirty attorneys, investigators and support personnel. From 2000 through 2003, he served as a consultant to regulatory agencies, including air quality districts throughout California, and the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Mr. Greenwald’s recent work includes developing policy and legislative proposals, and engaging in advocacy, in order to reduce pollution from burgeoning international goods movement activities. Mr. Greenwald has also served as an adjunct professor teaching environmental law at Loyola Law School, and as a member of the Editorial Board of the Lexis/Nexis publication California Environmental Law Reporter. He holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California at Los Angeles, and a juris doctor degree from the University of Santa Clara School of Law, where he was an editor of the Law Review.


Sam Gurol


General Atomics


Dr. Sam Gurol is director of transportation programs at General Atomics (GA), in San Diego, California.  He leads GA activities in the maglev and electric transportation programs.   He has over 30 years experience in the research, development, and fabrication of high technology electromagnetic systems involving superconducting magnets, linear induction and synchronous motors, maglev systems, and linear motor technologies used for transportation systems. He serves as a senior technical advisor on a number of General Atomics programs.  Some of his prior experience includes: program manager for the Navy MHD Submarine Propulsion program (1988-1996), technical lead for magnetic field quality of the Superconducting Super Collider (SSC) dipole magnet program (1989-1993), and chief scientist for the Lockheed Martin Energy and Power Group (1990-1998).  He has over 80 publications and 7 patents.  He received his Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Michigan in 1975.


Ashebir Jacob

Moffatt and Nichol


Ashebir Jacob currently serves as Moffatt & Nichol’s vice president. With more than 25 years of professional experience in planning and design, Mr. Jacob brings his knowledge and professional expertise to port facilities development projects worldwide.

He has successfully led multi-discipline planning and design teams for development or re-development of operating or greenfield port-related facilities. His portfolio of work includes general cargo terminals, conventional and automated container terminals, rail intermodal facilities, intermodal rail yards, container terminal gate facilities, container terminal pavements systems, wharf structures, and dredging and landfill consolidations.

A key member of Moffatt & Nichol’s Port Practice Leadership, Mr. Jacob plays a vital role in driving companywide port practice strategy. He leads a staff of planners, engineers, and technicians all focused on bringing innovative solutions to the port and maritime industry.


Thomas Jelenic


Port of Long Beach


Thomas A. Jelenić is assistant director of the environmental planning division for the Port of Long Beach, California.

Environmental planning, established in 2007, is the division most directly responsible for the Port's signature environmental program, the Green Port Policy, and the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan, which Mr. Jelenić was instrumental in developing. Under the Green Port Policy, the division coordinates programs to improve air, water and soil quality, preserve wildlife habitat and integrate sustainability into Port practices.

Mr. Jelenić manages the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) section of the division, including overseeing the successful certification of the Environmental Impact Reports (EIR) for the $750 million Middle Harbor Redevelopment Project and the Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement Project, and is currently overseeing the preparation of the EIRs for the Pier S Marine Terminal and Pier B On-Dock Rail Support Facility.

He also manages the division's hazardous materials section; developed, implemented and manages the Port's highly successful Clean Trucks Program; and is responsible for developing and implementing the Port's Grant Mitigation Program, a first of its kind program, to reduce port-related impacts on the community.

He is a 1998 graduate of the University of California, Irvine, with dual bachelor of science degrees in environmental engineering and civil engineering with an emphasis in transportation and water resources.


Frances Keeler

Keesal, Young & Logan


Frances Keeler is Of Counsel in the Keesal, Young & Logan’s (KYL) Long Beach office, where she specializes in environmental law. She has extensive experience in state and federal Clean Air Acts; district, state and federal regulatory development; Title V and equipment permitting, credit trading, global climate change. Ms. Keeler regularly represents clients before various regulatory entities including USEPA, California Air Resources Board and the local air pollution agencies on rule development and compliance issues and appears before district hearing boards on variances, Title V alternative operating conditions and permit appeals. Ms. Keeler is part of KYL’s criminal environmental defense team. She advises clients planning development projects on permitting and compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and conducts facility environmental compliance audits. Ms. Keeler is a frequent speaker at national and international air pollution seminars.


Prior to joining Keesal, Young & Logan, Ms. Keeler was a senior deputy district counsel with the South Coast Air Quality Management District, the air pollution control agency for the Los Angeles air basin. She has over 23 years of experience with the agency. Ms. Keeler has been involved in the development of air quality management plans and rules that implement the plan and has extensive experience in permitting and compliance issues. Ms. Keeler represented the district in the development of credit trading programs and has been actively involved in the state and federal programs to regulate non-road sources such as locomotives, marine vessels and ground support equipment. Key programs include RECLAIM, new source review, CEQA; credit pilot programs and mobile sources. Ms. Keeler’s litigation experience in both state and federal courts has primarily focused on the Clean Air Act and CEQA. Prior to joining District Counsel’s Office, Ms. Keeler worked for eight years in the Operations Management and Enforcement Divisions of the District as an industrial operations inspector and staff specialist. Her undergraduate degree is in chemistry.


Ms. Keeler serves as vice-president of the board of FuturePorts.


Tom Kelly

Visionary Products and Solutions, LLC


Tom P Kelly is the founder and CEO of Visionary Intermodal Products and Solutions, LLC. Kelly retired from BNSF Railway in 2011 after over 40 years of service with BNSF and Santa Fe Railways. During his career, Kelly worked in several management leadership positions, his last position was system director of intermodal operations and technology. Kelly began his career in intermodal as a truck driver and lift equipment operator at Santa Fe Railway intermodal facilities. During his career, he was responsible for a variety of functions having to do with intermodal operations including terminal design, equipment design, software design and integration, safety, and labor management and relations.

Kelly holds 13 U.S. Patents for various products utilized in the intermodal industry today, some of which have become industry standards and have moved the industry forward with enhanced technology. He has the unique honor of receiving the most patents of any employee in the history of BNSF railway. His extensive experience and common sense practical application have led to a career history of successful designs and implementation of products and solutions for the intermodal industry.

Tom attended Baylor University on an athletic scholarship, and he earned degrees in management and marketing.


Kevin Maggay

Port of Los Angeles


Mr. Maggay has over six years of service at the Port of Los Angeles and is currently the air quality supervisor for the environmental management division.  He oversees staff in the development, implementation and administration of air quality programs at the Port including the Clean Air Action Plan, Technology Advancement Program and Clean Truck Program.  Mr. Maggay also oversees staff in the tracking of emissions through the Port’s air monitoring network and annual emissions inventories. 

Mr. Maggay received his bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the University of Southern California.  Prior to working for the Port, Mr. Maggay worked as an environmental consultant on major infrastructure projects such as landfills, power plants, and the Alameda Corridor East.  Mr. Maggay also serves on the board of directors for Port Tech Los Angeles, a non-profit technology incubator.


Kirk Marckwald

California Environmental Associates


Kirk is the founder of CEA and has been at the helm as a principal since 1984. His deep experience in energy and environmental regulation provides the foundation for CEA's work with a variety of private and public sector clients. Prior to establishing CEA in 1984, Kirk was the undersecretary of California's Natural Resources Agency and served as the director of the Office of Appropriate Technology. He also held various positions at the U.S. Department of the Interior. At California's Natural Resources Agency, Kirk was responsible for managing budget and policy initiatives of the agency's nine departments. He resolved policy conflicts among departments, cabinet officers, legislators, companies, and private citizens. Later, he worked as a consultant with the Environmental Defense Fund to help implement programs in energy, water, and hazardous materials.

Kirk has led large-scale regulatory reform and strategic planning projects for major manufacturing and transportation companies as well as for trade associations and nonprofits. He has represented individual clients and trade associations before legislative and regulatory agencies in California and Washington, D.C. In July 1999, Governor Davis appointed Kirk as a public member of the California Board of Forestry, where he served as the vice-chair of the board until 2007. Kirk currently serves as the chairman of the board of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and on the boards of the Pacific Forest Trust, the Blue Mountain Center and the Point Reyes National Seashore Association.

Kirk has a master's degree in natural resources policy and management from the University of Michigan and a bachelor's degree from Trinity College.


Cindy Miscikowski

Port of Los Angeles Harbor Commission


Cindy Miscikowski was appointed to the Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and elected president of the Board in July 2009. She served as a member of the Los Angeles City Council from 1997 to 2005, after having been chief of staff to Councilmember Marvin Braude over 20 years. She has been involved in public service for over 35 years in the City of Los Angeles.

Miscikowski is widely recognized as an authority on urban planning, revitalizing the City’s land-use policies and spearheading the adoption of a new master plan for the Los Angeles International Airport in 2005. She also authored two pioneering voter-approved initiatives, one banning oil drilling on the city’s coastline in 1988 and another, imposing density limitations in most of the City’s commercially zoned land in 1986. She also played a crucial role in the preservation of thousands of acres of open space in the Santa Monica Mountains for public park and recreation uses.

Miscikowski served as chair of the Council’s Public Safety Committee for five years, where she led the efforts to streamline the recruitment and hiring of police officers, implement the reforms of the federal Consent Decree at the Los Angeles Police Department, and insure the funding for full paramedic resources at all Los Angeles Fire Stations. In addition, her public policy expertise includes budget oversight, municipal finance and advocacy of citizen participation in government process.
Miscikowski received a degree from UCLA in political science in 1970 and has been involved in a number of nonprofit organizations serving on boards of directors. Since leaving the City Council, including the Los Angeles Police Foundation, Los Angeles Music Center for the Performing Arts, Genesis Los Angeles and Center for Governmental Studies.


Matt Miyasato

South Coast Air Quality Management District


Dr. Matt Miyasato is the assistant deputy executive officer for the Technology Advancement Office at the South Coast Air Quality Management District. In this role, Dr. Miyasato leads the groups responsible for research, development, demonstration and deployment of clean, advanced technologies for both mobile and stationary sources.

Dr. Miyasato received his undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering, and his master’s and Ph.D. in engineering, specializing in combustion technologies and air pollution control – all from the University of California, Irvine.

Dr. Miyasato has worked at Southern California Edison in the Nuclear Engineering Department and at General Electric, where he designed burners and combustion modifications for utility boilers. He was also a research scientist at UCI, where he managed the industrial burner research program and has publications on combustion phenomena, active control, and laser diagnostics. Dr. Miyasato has also been a lecturer at UCI for the undergraduate air pollution control course. In his current role at the AQMD, Dr. Miyasato leads the Demonstration, Implementation, Best Available Control Technologies (BACT), and Technology Outreach groups, with the overall goal of developing, demonstrating, and accelerating the commercialization and implementation of clean technologies. These technologies include fuel cells, hydrogen, alternative fueled engines, PM and NOx aftertreatment, hybrid and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and other clean alternative technologies.

Dr. Miyasato serves as the lead staff support for the California Fuel Cell Partnership, the California Stationary Fuel Cell Collaborative, the California Hydrogen Highway Network, and the Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle Center.


Peter Philips


Philips Publishing Group


Peter is the president of Philips Publishing Group, publishers of trade journals for the maritime and transportation industries. In the years since Philips Publishing was founded by Peter’s father in 1983, the company has grown to become the largest maritime and transportation publishing house on the West Coast. Titles include Pacific Maritime Magazine, aimed at West Coast commercial vessel and terminal operators, FOGHORN, the official publication of the Passenger Vessel Association, Clipper Vacations Magazine, published for Seattle’s Clipper Navigation, Catalina Express Magazine, published for Catalina Express and Fishermen’s News, the oldest commercial fishing publication on the Pacific Coast. In addition to publishing trade journals, Philips Publishing also specializes in creative design services for the maritime and transportation industries, with clients across the country. Peter serves as president of the Seattle Marine Business Coalition, which represents the interests of marine industrial land users.


Peter is past president of the Port of Seattle Chapter of the Propeller Club, and past regional vice president, West Coast, of the International Propeller Club. Peter has a B.A. in history from Whitman College, and has been employed in the maritime publishing field since 1985.


Sharon Rubalcava

Aston + Bird LLP


Ms. Rubalcava is a partner in the firm’s Los Angeles office. She advises clients planning major industrial development projects on compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), with a particular emphasis on facilities with significant air and toxic emissions and water quality issues. She also has been involved in legal actions challenging the sufficiency of CEQA documents such as Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs), as well as the failure of regulatory agencies to prepare such documents. Ms. Rubalcava’s projects include major infrastructure projects, power plants, solid waste disposal facilities, petroleum pipelines, gasoline refineries, marine terminals and manufacturing facilities. She advised the Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority on environmental issues associated with the Alameda Corridor project, one of the largest infrastructure projects in the United States.


Sharon has extensive experience with the promulgation of environmental rules and regulations, compliance counseling, permitting, emissions trading, variances, appeals and enforcement actions.


Sharon chairs the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce's task force to develop legislative proposals to streamline and reform CEQA.  She is a past chair of the American Bar Association’s Air Quality Subcommittee of the Section on Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law. Sharon was appointed by Mayor James Hahn to the City of Los Angeles’ no Net Increase Task Force, which was tasked with identifying ways to reduce emissions from goods movement activities at the Port of Los Angeles.


Sharon received both her J.D. and B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1975 and 1968, respectively.


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Martin Schuermann


Vision Industries Corp


Martin Schuermann (CEO) served as chairman and CEO of IM-Internationalmedia AG and Intermedia Inc., an industry leading producer and distributor of such feature films as Terminator 3, Alexander, Basic Instinct 2, RV, One Missed Call and more than 40 other films.  He also was a founding partner in Los Angeles based merchant bank, Euro Capital Advisors LLC.  Prior to this, Mr. Schuermann was managing director of CLT-UFA (US), Bertelsmann's US based TV and film arm.  Mr. Schuermann has served on several public company boards, including Intertainment AG, IM-Internationalmedia AG and Future Media Inc.


Mark Shaw

California Trucking Association


Michael Shaw is the vice president of external affairs for the California Trucking Association where he coordinates CTA’s legislative and political agenda, directs industry grassroots efforts and develops media outreach strategies.

Shaw came to the trucking industry from his position as California legislative director for the National Federation of Independent Business where he was highly involved in a number of major legislative deals in health care, tort reform, and workers’ compensation, as well as a number of statewide political races and initiative campaigns.

He has also worked for the California Chamber of Commerce, former San Diego-area Assembly Member Steve Baldwin and former Congressman Duncan Hunter.

Shaw, a third-generation Californian, graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a B.A. in government and a master’s degree in public policy and administration.

The California Trucking Association has been serving businesses that operate trucks in California since 1934. CTA represents over 2,300 members statewide, who operate over 350,000 trucks and transport almost 85 percent of the shipments that travel across California’s highways each day.


Mark Sisson



Mr. Sisson leads AECOM’s marine analysis group. He is responsible for business development, project execution, and oversight of research and development of our simulation models. Mr. Sisson has 17 years of experience managing and executing a wide range of marine terminal planning, simulation, and analysis projects. Typical projects involve supervision of field data collection, model development, and presentation of analysis results. Mr Sisson’s career project highlights include:

  • New York Container Terminal
  • Dubai Jebel Ali Master Plan
  • Pusan Newport
  • Deltaport Vancouver Expansion
  • Euromax planning and simulation
  • Port-wide capacity studies for the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

Mr. Sisson received his BS in civil engineering at California State Polytechnic University and his MS in civil engineering from Northwestern University and is a registered professional engineer in the state of California.


Center for Commercial Deployment of Transportation Technology, California State University at Long Beach


Joe Walsh

Keesal Young and Logan


Joe Walsh is a shareholder with Keesal, Young & Logan and is based in the firm’s Long Beach office. He serves primarily as environmental and maritime counsel to global transportation, energy and manufacturing concerns. Mr. Walsh has tried environmental and maritime cases and has also appeared in numerous regulatory and administrative matters before the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD), Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Coast Guard and California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Mr. Walsh has served as lead counsel for responsible parties in unified command activities, third-party claims and class actions, natural resource damage assessments and enforcement actions resulting from environmental emergencies and maritime disasters. He has also been involved in numerous investigations and criminal enforcement actions initiated by federal, state and regional agencies throughout the U.S. relating to the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, OPA ’90, CERCLA, MARPOL/APPS, oily water separators, and similar state and local laws. He has led internal investigations, audits and implementations of environmental compliance programs in defense of these actions.

Mr. Walsh graduated with honors from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York in 1983 with a bachelor of science degree in nautical science, and as a U.S. Coast Guard licensed deck officer, qualified to serve aboard commercial vessels of unlimited tonnage. He served honorably in the U.S. Navy for over 26 years on both active and reserve duty during which time he also raised his licenses to master (1600 tons) and second mate (unlimited). He retired at the rank of captain in 2009. He earned his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Arizona in 1989.

Mr. Walsh is a proctor in admiralty in the Maritime Law Association of the United States. He has been recognized for inclusion numerous times in The Best Lawyers in America, and is listed by Chambers USA and The International Who’s Who Legal of Shipping & Maritime Lawyers. Mr. Walsh serves on the board of governors for the Port of Los Angeles-Long Beach chapter of the Propeller Club of the United States.


Susan Wise

Port of Long Beach Harbor Commission


Susan E. Anderson Wise, an attorney and Long Beach resident since 1974, was elected to a one-year term as president of the board of Harbor Commissioners on June 27, 2011, by her colleagues on the five-member governing board for the Port of Long Beach, California. She was appointed to a six-year term on the Commission in December 2008 by Mayor Bob Foster and confirmed unanimously by the Long Beach City Council.


The commission president serves as chair of the commission, running board meetings and often representing the Port to the public and the shipping industry.


Ms. Wise has been in private practice of law in Long Beach since her admission to the bar in 1974. In addition, she now works as a mediator and arbitrator. She has extensive experience in a variety of matters, particularly civil and commercial litigation.

She was a member of the Ethics Review Task Force for the City of Long Beach from 2002-2003. She is a past president of the Long Beach Bar Association (1994) and the Women Lawyers of Long Beach (1988). She is a current board member of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, past board president of the Long Beach Legal Aid Foundation (1983-86), and a current board member and past president (1995-1997) of the Long Beach Bar Foundation, which sponsors “Shortstop,” a juvenile diversion program that


Ms. Wise and other bar leaders formed shortly after the 1992 Los Angeles riots. Since 1992, she has been affiliated with Joseph Ball/Clarence Hunt American Inns of Court.

Ms. Wise is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards including the Dr. Katherine E. White Humanitarian Award (2005), the 27th State Senate District Outstanding Woman Award (2004), the Lawyer of the Year Award (1998) from the Long Beach Bar Association, the Lawyer of the Year Award (1993-1994) from the Women Lawyers of Long Beach, and the Legal Aid Foundation of Long Beach Sommelier d’Esprit Award (1996).


Ms. Wise attended Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, where she majored in history, with an emphasis on urban history. She graduated cum laude in 1970. Ms. Wise recieved her J.D. degree from the University of Chicago.