Thomas J. Hawley

Of Counsel

Thomas J. Hawley has over 40 years of experience at Burke & Parsons with maritime transactional matters, and advises shipowners, borrowers and lenders regarding ship sale and purchase, and the registration and financing of ships under the flags of the United States, the Marshall Islands, and the principal open registries. He is often engaged as maritime counsel in large complex transactions that have a maritime law component.

Tom has represented both lenders and borrowers in restructurings, workouts and enforcement actions. He also advises with respect to U.S. sanctions programs affecting the maritime industry and corporate matters that arise out of maritime transactions.


  • Loyola University Rome Center, 1966-67
  • Marquette University, B.A. 1968
  • University of Southern California, M.A. 1973
  • Fordham University School of Law, J.D. 1975

Military Service

  • U.S. Air Force, 1968-1972; served to first lieutenant in Libya and England

Memberships and Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York (four terms on Admiralty Committee)
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States (Marine Finance Committee)

Bar and Court Admissions

  • New York, 1976
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, 1976
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1980

Practice Areas

  • Ship Finance
  • Ship Sale & Purchase
  • Maritime Regulation
  • Corporate


  • Maritime counsel to lenders in connection with the financing of ten offshore drilling rigs, including several newbuildings
  • Acted for owner in connection with first and second lien financing of large U.S.-based tug and barge company
  • Represented the purchaser of a U.S. flag river cruise line
  • Represented a Russian container shipping line in the sale of its Pacific operations to a German shipowner
  • Maritime counsel to lenders in connection with financing provided to a large east coast tug and towing company
  • Advised a group of U.S. and foreign creditors in connection with the maritime aspects of the bankruptcy of an international reefer shipping company
  • Acted for a Japanese trading company in connection with ship mortgage loans to a specialized cruise line
  • Assisted a German maritime museum in the acquisition and repatriation of a historic vessel
  • Maritime counsel to the private equity purchaser of three international cruise lines, and subsequent acquisitions, refinancings and flag changes
  • Represented the purchaser of a 150-foot sailing yacht, working closely with the London brokers and managers during shipyard work in the Mediterranean, and the delivery and registration of the vessel in the Marshall Islands
  • Acted for a lender in connection with the agreed repossession, custody and resale of a Bahamian registered 280-foot yacht
  • Represented a new venture to establish high speed ferry service in the Port of New York, including the negotiation of a shipbuilding contract for the construction of the ferry, and the resolution of a subsequent dispute with the shipyard involving the performance of the vessel
  • Represented the South American purchaser of a newbuilding tug from a Vietnamese shipyard, including the trans-Pacific delivery of the vessel
  • Maritime counsel to a publicly traded U.S. based shipping company in connection with its US$1.4 billion bankruptcy exit financing involving ship mortgages on 20 U.S. documented and 45 Marshall Islands registered vessels