John P. McMahon is an attorney admitted to practice in New York (1967) and North Carolina (1995). He received his law degree from the New York University School of Law and a Master of Laws from the Georgetown University Law Center. He is President of McMahon & Connell, P.C. in New York City and has an office for the practice of law in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Since 1995, Mr. McMahon has been Chair of the International Sales and Related Commercial Transactions Committee of the International Law and Practice Section of the New York State Bar Association, having served as co-Chair in 1989 and 1990. He has practiced maritime and commercial law since 1972. Much of his practice has consisted of counseling, litigation and arbitration relating to the law governing the making and performance of contracts for the domestic and international sale of commodities and the international carriage of goods by sea. He has advised shipping and trading clients on a broad range of subjects, including the law of marine insurance, commercial and standby letters of credit, and guaranties, and regarding compliance with the U.S. anti-boycott regulations and U.S. embargoes on trade with various nations. He has served as a party appointed arbitrator and third arbitrator in commercial, maritime and insurance arbitrations.
Mr. McMahon is a member of the Advisory Board of the Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce having served as Editor (1991-1995), Co-Editor (1989-1990), Associate Editor (1970-1988) and Case Editor (1970-1980). His writings include:
- "When the U.N. Sales Convention Applies and Some of the Reasons Why it Matters to you and your Clients,"
- "The Role of Party-Appointed Arbitrators," 49 Dispute Resolution Journal of the American Arbitration Association No. 3 at 66 (September 1994);
- "Implementation of the United Nations Convention on Foreign Arbitral Awards in the United States," 26 Arbitration Journal 65 (1971), reprinted 2 Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce 736 (1971) (Winning entry 1970 American Arbitration Association Eastman Library Essay Contest); and
- "The Hague Rules and Incorporation of Charter Party Arbitration Clauses into Bills of Lading," 2 Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce 1
He is the author of the chapter on forum selection and choice of law in a soon to be published book on the law of cruise ships.