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Art Severance joined CWL in 2019 but has a long affiliation with the firm, working as an associate at Sands Lerner for six years prior to its merger into CWL and performing contract work for CWL for several years after the merger.
Mr. Severance’s practice focuses on maritime, transportation, and insurance litigation. He also has experience drafting contracts and handling state and federal appeals, employment matters, fisheries regulation, Alaska Native law issues, and corporate governance.
Prior to joining CWL, Mr. Severance was corporate counsel for Coastal Villages Region Fund, a non-profit that operated a fleet of Bering Sea fishing vessels and used the fishing income to fund economic development projects in Alaska Native villages in Western Alaska. For several years, he worked as a consultant on maritime cases and had his own solo practice focusing on maritime, transportation, and insurance law. Mr. Severance also worked as an associate at the Cammarano Law Group in Long Beach where he primarily handled cargo cases.
While in law school, Mr. Severance served as a volunteer judicial intern to the Honorable Barbara L. Major, U.S. Magistrate Judge. He also externed for the Department of the Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command and interned at the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs. In addition, he tutored international law students and students on academic probation and was the executive editor of the California Western International Law Journal.
Before becoming a lawyer, Mr. Severance was a radio technician in the U.S. Navy on the USS Taylor FFG-50. He was awarded three Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals for his service. Before enlisting, Mr. Severance worked as an English teacher in Germany and Austria.
Mr. Severance has been recognized for his work in maritime and transportation law by Southern California Super Lawyers, which named him a “Rising Star” in the field four years in a row.
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Mr. Severance speaks German and has been learning Central Alaskan Yup’ik