Barbara L. Holland, a partner with Collier Walsh Nakazawa, LLP, a maritime law firm with offices in Long Beach, Calif. and Seattle, was named president of the Maritime Law Association of the United States during the association’s general meeting in New York City in May.
Holland has served the MLA in numerous capacities including membership secretary (2012-16), secretary (2016-18), second vice president (2018-20) and first vice president (2020-22). Her service on the Board of Directors began in 2008.
“It is a true honor to serve as president of the Maritime Law Association of the United States,” Holland said. “For almost 125 years, the MLA has been an integral part of the vital maritime industry in the United States and across the world. I am proud of what we have achieved and look forward to leading this outstanding organization.”
“We could not be more proud of Barbara,” Collier Walsh Nakazawa founding partner Joseph A. Walsh II said. “Her dedication to the practice of law and pioneering work in the marine and admiralty fields makes her the perfect person to take this important position at this time in our history.”
“We wish her a successful tenure as president of the Maritime Law Association of the United States and are with her every step of the way,” he added.
The association, founded in 1899 and incorporated in 1993, advances reforms in U.S. maritime law. It is an affiliated organization of the American Bar Association, and acts with other organizations in efforts to bring about what it calls “a greater harmony” in shipping laws, regulations and practices of different nations.
Its membership consists of lawyers involved in maritime matters, judges active in matters involving admiralty issues, law professors and non-lawyers who are selected because they hold responsible positions in the maritime field and have rendered distinguished service in the advancement of maritime law or its administration.