ANDREW MARGOLIS is Of Counsel to Sandler, Travis and Rosenberg, resident in the Miami Office.
After a 32-year career with the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), Mr. Margolis brings extensive experience in ocean transportation regulation in matters related to ocean freight forwarders and NVOCCs, steamship lines, ports, terminals and import/export companies. His expertise includes dispute resolution and adjudication of complaints under the Shipping Act pertaining to ocean freight overcharges and unfair practices.
Mr. Margolis served as the FMC’s Miami District Director before being named the South Florida Area Representative in 1995, a position he held through 2018. In that role he was responsible for FMC investigative, liaison and outreach activities throughout the southeast and Puerto Rico, participating in joint operations with numerous local and federal government agencies, including the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the FBI and CBP. Mr. Margolis also ran FMC enforcement activities in the region, and his collaboration with FMC attorneys on the prosecution and settlement of dozens of investigations resulted in the collection of over $10 million in penalties for violation of the Shipping Act. His work also included lecturing and authoring articles on numerous maritime shipping issues including tariffs, service contracts, and enforcement.
Prior to entering federal service, Mr. Margolis practiced as an attorney, concentrating on criminal defense and immigration law. He received his bachelor’s degree from Queens College, City University of New York, and his J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law. He has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1983.