Eliot J. Halperin (In Memoriam)

Areas of Practice
  • Transportation & Shipping
  • Maritime Law
  • Administrative Law
Contact Info
  • Phone: Office Mgr. (202) 261-1034
  • Fax: (202) 204-8587
  • Email: Office Mgr. at ljcardea@mdslaw.com

Mr. Halperin passed away in December 2015.  He is survived by his spouse and of-counsel, Deana E. Rose.

Mr. Helperin joined Manelli Selter PLLC in 1997 after nineteen years at the Washington, D.C. office of Graham & James LLP, where he was a partner since 1981. Previously, he was an official of the Federal Maritime Commission.

Mr. Halperin specialized in competition and regulatory law in the domestic and international transportation sectors. He represented maritime and transportation industry clients before the federal courts, in regulatory proceedings, and in legislative matters. Mr. Halperin appeared frequently in formal and informal proceedings before the Department of Transportation, Federal Maritime Commission, Maritime Administration and U.S. Customs Service. He engaged in litigation, arbitration, and legislative analysis; and he advised U.S. and foreign clients on the impact of legislative and regulatory changes on the conduct of transportation in U.S. commerce.

Mr. Halperin represented international ocean common carriers, ocean freight forwarders, terminal operators, cargo owners, cruise ship operators, non-vessel operating common carriers and parcel tanker operators in U.S. regulatory and business matters. This practice included litigating maritime unfair trading cases at the Federal Maritime Commission, defending carriers and cargo owners against government penalty claims, enlisting U.S. Government assistance against discriminatory maritime practices, assisting applicants for government licenses and authorizations to engage in maritime businesses, and representing client interests in proceedings to establish regulatory policies and rules.

Mr. Halperin served as President of the Maritime Administrative Bar Association, 1981-1982; Chairman of the Federal Bar Association’s Water Transportation Committee, 1971 to 1976; and as guest lecturer at the U.S. Army Transportation School, Ft. Eustis, Virginia, 1973, 1974 and 1975.