Christopher H. Dillon


Christopher H. Dillon is a partner with over 30 years of legal experience with Burke & Parsons.

He has primarily represented and advised owners, charterers, insurers, and shipyards in a wide range of maritime casualty and contractual matters.

In maritime arbitration and federal trial and appellate litigation, Chris regularly handles charter and bill of lading disputes, as well as international commodities sales and purchase matters, insurance coverage questions, and maritime lien issues.  He also assists creditors in maritime bankruptcy and collection matters.

Chris has frequently worked cooperatively with other U.S. and international firms and has concentrated on the presentation and examination of expert evidence.


  • Dickinson College, B.A. 1978
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D. 1982 (cum laude)

Memberships and Affiliations

  • The Association of Average Adjusters of the United States
  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States

Bar and Court Admissions

  • New York, 1983
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, 1984
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 1994
  • U.S. Court of International Trade, 1999
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2010

Practice Areas

  • Cargo claims
  • Charterparty drafting and disputes
  • Experts
  • International commodities sale and purchase
  • Insurance
  • Marine casualties
  • Maritime bankruptcy and collections
  • Maritime liens


  • Defending products liability litigations against Korean shipyard arising from container mid-body conversion work
  • Defending cargo buyer and shipper in multi-purpose carrier collision, explosions and fire casualty in the Yellow Sea involving litigation in Busan, Tianjin and New York
  • Defending classification society in tanker casualty and oil spill in the Bay of Biscay, involving lawsuits in New York, Texas and Galicia, Spain
  • Defending coal carrier owner and operator in long-running contract pricing and termination, and cargo hold corrosion disputes
  • Coordinating common defense of multi-jurisdiction litigation against shipowner by stevedores, terminals, container lessors, and fuel and spare parts suppliers for maritime lien claims in excess of 12 million dollars pending in Bremerhaven, Le Havre, Rotterdam, Antwerp, Newark, Norfolk, Charleston, Savannah, New Orleans and Baltimore