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Atlanta Admiralty & Maritime Law Lawyer
About David J. Bederman
Current Employment Position(s)
- Sole Practitioner, since 1991
- Admiralty & Maritime Law 30%
- Constitutional Law 20%
- International Law 30%
- Litigation & Appeals 20%
- Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Council, 505 U.S. 1003 (1992)
- Smith v. United States, 507 U.S. 197 (1993)
- Hess v. Port Authority Trans-Hudson, 513 U.S. 30 (1994)
- Idaho v. Coeur d'Alene Tribe, 117 S.Ct. 2028 (1997)
- California v. Deep Sea Research, 118 S.Ct. 1464 (1998)
- In re Straight, 143 F.3d 1387 (U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit 1998)
- In re Burke, 146 F.3d 1313 (U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit 1998)
- In re Rose, 187 F.3d 926 (U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit 1999)
- Lapides v. Bd. of Regents Univ. System of Georgia, 535 U.S. 613 (U.S. Supreme Court 2002)
- Syngenta Crop Protection Corp. v. Henson, 537 U.S. 28 (U.S. Supreme Court 2002)
- Norfolk Southern Rwy Co. v. Kirby, 543 U.S. 14 (U.S. Supreme Court 2004)
- Republic of Austria v. Altmann, 541 U.S. 677 (U.S. Supreme Court 2004)
- R.M.S. Titanic, Inc. v. Wrecked Vessel, 435 F.3d 521 (U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit 2006)
- Ministry of Defense v. Elahi, 546 U.S. 450 (U.S. Supreme Court 2006)
- Adkins v. Rumsfeld, 464 F.3d 456 (U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit 2006)
- United States v. Tatoyan, 474 F.3d 1174 (U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit 2007)
- Gulf Petro Trading Co. v. Nigerian National Petroleum Corp., 512 F.3d 742 (U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit 2008)
- Casale v. Tillman, 558 F.3d 1258 (U.S. Court of Appeals for the11th Circuit 2009)
- Ministry of Defense v. Elahi, 129 S.Ct. 1732 (U.S. Supreme Court 2009)
- R.M.S. Titanic, Inc. v. Wrecked Vessel, 2010 WL 3239112 (U.S. District Court, E.D. Va. 2010)
- Georgia, 1987
- District of Columbia, 1988
- American Society of International Law, 1988 - Present
- Maritime Law Association of the US, 1992 - Present
Classes and Seminars
- Professor of Law, Emory University, 1991 - Present
Pro Bono Activities
- American Journal of International Law, Board of Editors, 1999 - Present
- Journal of Maritime Law & Commerce, Board of Editors, 1999 - Present
- Procedural Aspects of International Law Institute, President, 1996 - Present
- Antarctic & Southern Ocean Coalition, General Counsel, 2005 - Present
- United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Hon. Charles E. Wiggins, Law Clerk, 1987 - 1988
- Iran-United States Claims Tribunal, Law Clerk, 1988 - 1989
- Covington & Burling, Washington, D.C., Associate, 1989 - 1991
- Emory University School of Law, Professor, 1991 - Present
- University of London, London, England, 1996
Ph.D., Doctor of Philosophy in Laws
- Hague Academy of International Law, The Hague, Netherlands, 1991
Diploma in Public International Law
- University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia, 1987
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
Honors: Order of the Coif
Law Journal: Virginia Journal of International Law, Research & Projects Editor, 1985 - 1987
- London School of Economics, London, U.K., 1984
M.Sc., Master of Science
Major: Sea-Use Law
- Princeton University (Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs), Princeton, New Jersey, USA, 1983
A.B., Bachelor of Arts
Honors: summa cum laude
- International Law Frameworks, Foundation Press, 2010
- International Claims: Their Settlement by Lump Sum Agreements, 1975-1995 (with Burns H. Weston and Richard B. Lillich), Transnational Publishers, 1999
- Admiralty Jurisdiction, 31 J. Mar. L. & Com. 189, 2000
- Deference or Deception: Treaty Rights as Political Questions, 70 U. Col. L. Rev. 1439, 1997
- Admiralty and the Eleventh Amendment, 72 Note Dame L. Rev. 935, 1997
- Uniformity, Delegation and the Dormant Admiralty Clause, 28 J. Mar. L. & Com. 1, 1997
- The Curious Resurrection of Custom: Beach Access and Judicial Takings, 96 Colum. L. Rev. 1375, 1996
- Globalization and International Law, Palgrave MacMillan, 2008
- Admiralty Cases and Materials, LexisNexis, 2004
- The Spirit of International Law, Univ. of Georgia Press, 2002
- International Law: A Handbook for Judges, American Society of International Law, 2003
- Salvage, Benedict on Admiralty, vol. 8, 2001
- The Contemporary Contours of Admiralty Jurisdiction, 31 Tul. Mar. L.J. 291, 2007
- Refusing Salvage, 6 Loyola Mar. L.J. 31, 2008
1301 Clifton Road Atlanta, GA 30322- 2770
- (404) 727-6820
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