Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Chalos was a senior partner at another New York law firm. He represented a number of clients involved in high profile civil and criminal environmental litigation, numerous United States and foreign based corporations, shipowners, managers/operators, and crewmembers who were subjects of criminal investigations by the United States government.
Mr. Chalos also has substantial experience in defending and resolving oil pollution incidents, MARPOL, and the Act for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (APPS) violations, and other environmental claims. He frequently interacts with government entities involved in the enforcement of environmental regulations, such as the Department of Justice, the Environmental Protection Agency, the United States Coast Guard, Federal and State Trustees, and the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund, as well as various state departments of environment.
PublicationsMr. Chalos has authored a number of articles on the criminalization of maritime accidents in the United States and other maritime nations, as well as articles relating to investigations and prosecutions by United States authorities of the by-passing of oily water separators and waste oil management systems. Mr. Chalos has also authored several Environmental Management Systems/Compliance Programs, which are currently used in use as part of settlement agreements reached with governmental authorities of pending investigations. He is also a frequent lecturer on these topics to industry groups, governmental bodies, law students, and environmental groups.