Frank Gonynor

Frank Gonynor
  • Senior Claims Adviser
  • Company: Gard (North America) Inc

Frank first joined Gard in March of 2008 and was assigned to the Casualty/Environmental/Property
department in the main office in Arendal, Norway. He was also attached to charterer/trader group for
several years, and still works on charterer/trader matters occasionally. In 2010, he was transferred to
Gard (North America) in New York, where he still works today.

In his work at Gard, his specialty is marine casualty handling, with an emphasis on environmental claims,
including fuel/cargo spills, coral reef damage, and other types of vessel pollution. He has worked on
numerous marine casualties in his career, not only in the U.S., but in Mexico, Spain, Norway, Italy,
Argentina, Brazil, and other locations. He is also involved in marine casualty response planning and
preparation and participates or organizes drill exercise programs.

As a maritime lawyer, before joining Gard, he practiced as a partner in a well-known maritime law firm
in the Houston area, recognized as the worldwide center of offshore energy exploration and production.
As a result, Frank worked on various offshore energy facility and service vessel related cases, involving
casualties and contractual issues.

He has represented Gard as various industry and academic conferences and international meetings,
such as the International Oil Spill Conference, the Lillehammer Energy Claims Conference, Clean
Gulf/Pacific, the Tulane Admiralty Law Institute, the East-West Center North Pacific Arctic Conference,
and the International Marine Claims Conference.

He is a proctor member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States and served as an adjunct
professor of law at the University of Houston Law Center. He is an active member of the State Bar of

He is the author of numerous law review articles published in the Tulane Law Review, the American Bar
Association Admiralty Law compendium, the Texas Environmental Law Journal, the University of San
Francisco Maritime Law Journal, and has been a contributor to various shipping and legal periodicals.

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