Douglas Burnett

Chief Counsel

Mr. Burnett of Colorado has practiced maritime law his entire career, most recently nine years in New York City with the transportation, shipping and logistics practice group of the law firm of Squire Patton Boggs (US) LLP.  His over three decades of private practice include some sixty-four reported cases, focused on maritime litigation and arbitration involving charter parties, bills of lading, maritime casualties, and general maritime and international law of the sea. His experience includes projects for marine terminals, pipelines, deep water ports, off-shore wind, and submarine power and telecom cables.  He also acted as the international legal advisor for the International Cable Protection Committee for twenty years.

He is co-editor and co- author of Submarine Cables, the Handbook of Law and Policy (2014), Submarine Cables and Deep Seabed Mining, Advancing Common Interests and Addressing UNCLOS “Due Regard” Obligations (International Seabed Authority Technical Publication No. 14) (2015), and Submarine Cables and Biodiversity Beyond National Jurisdiction-The Cloud Is Beneath the Sea (2017).  Additionally, he has also written thirty-seven articles on maritime law and international law of the sea.

Mr. Burnett is the Chair of the Subcommittee on International Law of the Sea of the Maritime Law Association of the United States and the former Chair of the Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee of the New York County Lawyers Association.

In 2007 he provided expert testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on accession to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the ratification of the 1984 Agreement regarding Part XI of the Convention. He has been a frequent lecturer at the Rhodes Academy on International law of the sea.

Mr. Burnett is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy (1972-B.S.) and the University of Denver College of Law (1980-J.D.).  He spent a 30-year career on active and reserve duty with the U.S. Navy in billets afloat and ashore, including duty as an exchange officer with the Brazilian Navy and with the Military Sealift Command.  He holds the rank of Captain USN (ret.)

Mr. Burnett is married to Rosa Elena Burnett, and has two adult daughters.  He is a longtime resident of New Jersey.