Andy Garger is an accomplished maritime lawyer and marine insurance professional with extensive experience in marine insurance, environmental and regulatory compliance, legislative initiatives, claims handling and litigation, underwriting support and insurance policy development.
Prior to joining Stevenson Marino LLP, Mr. Garger was General Counsel for 18 years at the Water Quality Insurance Syndicate, the leading provider of marine pollution liability insurance in the United States. As General Counsel, he advised senior management team on all legal areas, including underwriting, claims, personnel, contracts, corporate compliance, environmental law, and legislation. Mr. Garger also supervised WQIS’s outside litigation counsel.
After obtaining his law degree from New York University School of Law, he served law clerk to the Honorable John M. Duhe, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. After clerking, Mr. Garger worked at the firm of Bogle & Gates in Seattle, Washington and then Thacher Proffitt & Wood in New York. Mr. Garger’s law practice included representing shipping companies and marine insurers in many areas of maritime litigation, including vessel casualties, environmental claims, and insurance coverage disputes.
Mr. Garger is admitted to practice law in the states of New York and Washington, the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third and Fifth Circuits, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. He is a member of the Maritime Law Association, the Association of Corporate Counsel Association, the American Bar Association, and the New York Bar Association.
Mr. Garger also serves as a commissioner on the Board of Commissioners of Pilots of the State of New York. He previously served on the Board of Directors for the American Waterways Operators, was a member of the American Institute of Marine Underwriters Liability Committee, and has served in various positions with the International Union of Marine Insurance, including chairman of the Legal and Liability Committee, member of the Nominating Committee, and member of the IUMI Political Forum.
Mr. Garger obtained his undergraduate degree from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, and served for several years as a deck officer on American flag tankers for Chevron Shipping Company. He holds an unlimited chief mate’s license and a limited tonnage master’s license, and also achieved the rank of lieutenant in the United States Naval Reserve before receiving an honorable discharge in 1990.