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The Federal Maritime Commission has announced that Benjamin K. Trogdon will assume the position of director of the Bureau of Enforcement as of Aug. 5.
In this role Trogdon will direct the work of BOE attorneys, who (a) participate as trial counsel in formal FMC proceedings, (b) work closely with area representatives in investigations of potential violations of the Shipping Act and FMC regulations, (c) negotiate settlements and informal compromises of civil penalties, (d) may act as investigative officers in formal fact-finding investigations initiated under the Shipping Act or the Foreign Shipping Practices Act, (e) serve as legal advisors concerning the practical repercussions of FMC regulations, and (f) participate in the development of new or revised rules. The BOE also monitors all other formal proceedings (including relevant court proceedings) to identify major regulatory issues and advises the FMC of evolving competitive practices in international oceanborne commerce.
According to a Commission press release, Trogdon joined the FMC in July 2000 and served as an attorney-advisor in the Office of the General Counsel prior to taking on his current position as a trial attorney in BOE. Earlier in his career Trogdon served as a maritime attorney in private practice.