Anthony J. Gaspich
Mr. Gaspich specializes in admiralty, commercial, and transportation law. He entered practice in 1987 in New York with Haight Gardner Poor & Havens, then the oldest admiralty firm in the U.S. In 1989, he moved to Seattle and joined the maritime department of Bogle & Gates, where he bacame a partner. In January 1999, he left Bogle and co-founded Gaspich & Williams PLLC, which focused its practice on legal issues affecting the maritime and transportation industries. In June 2012, the firm changed its name to Gaspich Law Office PLLC.
Mr. Gaspich has substantial experience with the full range of maritime legal issues including cargo, contracts, charterparties, personal injury, property damage, collision and vessel casualties, oil spill response and claims, labor, salvage, general average, marine insurance, stowaways, maritime liens, fire, and vessel arrest and attachment actions. He has represented vessel owners, charterers, fishing companies, dock owners, shipyards, and various maritime interests, including domestic and international underwriters and P&I Clubs. He is an experienced trial lawyer who has tried numerous cases in federal and state court, both jury and non-jury, and handled arbitrations and appeals. He has presented evidence as an expert witness on maritime legal issues.
Mr. Gaspich has represented clients in other areas including insurance subrogation, property damage, real estate and various commercial contracts, and medical malpractice.
Prior to entering the practice of law, Mr. Gaspich worked for five years on deck and as a licensed deck officer aboard various vessels, including a fishing boat, harbor and ocean going tugs, container ships, a break bulk freighter, and tankers. He obtained two Coast Guard licenses: Master, Freight & Towing, and Third Mate, Unlimited.
Mr. Gaspich earned his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1987. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree with Highest Honors from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York in 1981.
Mr. Gaspich was admitted to the New York State Courts in 1987; the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York in 1988; the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit in 1988; Washington State Courts and U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington in 1990, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 1991, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington in 2012.
Mr. Gaspich is a Proctor Member of the Maritime Law Association. He is also a member of the Washington State Bar Association and the King County Bar Association.
Mr. Gaspich served for six years in the U.S. Naval Reserve.