Mr. Paré has been in private practice since 1974 following graduation from law school and U.S. Army officer's training. Since that time his practice has focused on the international sale and carriage of goods. Specific areas of expertise include letters of credit, insurance coverage and other insurance disputes, contracts of sale, attachments, maritime liens, contracts of carriage including bills of lading and charter parties, agency contracts, freight forwarding, bankruptcy and oil pollution. He has represented oil companies, commodity traders, insurance companies, government entities, ship yards, ship owners and vessel charterers. His litigated and arbitrated cases have included vessel groundings, safe berth claims, sinkings, explosions, tank coating failures and a wide variety of issues arising from international contracts of sale and international contracts of carriage. He successfully argued Exxon Corp. v. Central Gulf Lines, Inc., 500 U.S. 603 (1991) on behalf of Exxon in the United States Supreme Court where, in a unanimous 9 – 0 opinion, the Supreme Court reversed a 125 year old precedent. He has been involved in over 50 other federal and state court decisions, including 3 successful decisions in the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He has also been involved in a further 60 arbitration awards which are searchable in the Society of Maritime Arbitrators, Inc. library in Lexis and Westlaw. He is the past chairman and vice-chairman of the Arbitration and ADR Committee of the United States Maritime Law Association and a past director of that Association. He is a former member of the International Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He is a frequent lecturer and the author of many articles, including two articles published in the Tulane Journal of Maritime Law. Mr. Paré has lived in West Africa and France and has a working facility with French.