John A. Moran
COMMISSIONER JOHN A. MORAN was appointed to serve as a Commissioner of the Federal Maritime Commission by President Clinton on October 15, 1998, and confirmed by the United States Senate on October 21, 1998. Commissioner Moran served with the Commission until April of 2002. Commissioner Moran brought to the Commission over a decade of experience in congressional and legislative affairs, specifically in the area of maritime transportation policy and legislation.
Before taking his oath of office at the Federal Maritime Commission, Commissioner Moran served as Vice President – Legislative Affairs for the American Waterways Operators (AWO), the national trade association representing the inland and coastal tugboat, towboat and barge industry. Prior to that position, Commissioner Moran was a partner at the government and public affairs firm of Alcalde & Fay, where he represented a number of clients on legislative initiatives.
During his four years as Republican Counsel on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, Commissioner Moran served as Counsel to both the Merchant Marine Subcommittee and the National Ocean Policy Study. As Counsel to these committees, he drafted legislation and prepared hearings on numerous legislative issues, including the enactment of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, a review of the Shipping Act of 1984, reform of federal support for the U.S.-flag fleet, and many other maritime, environmental and marine fisheries matters.
Prior to serving with the Senate Commerce Committee, Commissioner Moran served as Legislative Counsel for Senator John Warner and held a Republican staff position on the House of Representative’s Merchant Marine and Fisheries Committee. Before coming to Washington, D.C., Commissioner Moran practiced law in Norfolk, Virginia, with the firm of Wilcox and Savage. He began his career as a Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Richard B. Kellam in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Commissioner Moran received a L.L.M. in Admiralty cum laude from the Tulane University School of Law, a J.D. cum laude from Washington and Lee University School of Law, and is a graduate of the University of Virginia.
Statement by Commissioners Bentzel and Vekich on Amending Statutes Governing Review of VOCC and MTO Agreements
Commissioners Carl W. Bentzel and Max M. Vekich wrote key Members of Congress to urge changing the law in a way that would allow the Federal Maritime Commission to prohibit filed agreements from automatically going into effect. “Congress provided the Commission with important additional authorities in the Ocean Shipping Reform… Read More »