Edward Floyd is a partner with our firm and focuses on international disputes involving the shipping and commodities trading industries. He has extensive experience in federal courts across the United States and in arbitration proceedings under a range of rules.

Based in New York, Ed has also advocated in Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Ohio, Illinois, Arkansas, and California. He also advises clients in commercial and maritime arbitrations under various sets of rules, including the SMA, ICC and GAFTA, as well as in ad hoc proceedings.

Ed’s experience includes matters involving general average, vessel collisions and allisions, all manner of charter parties and resulting disputes, vessel seizures, and sanctions. He is regularly engaged to handle allegations of fraud, corporate veil piercing and complex financial matters relating to the international shipping and commodities industries.

Ed is a 2004 graduate of Fordham Law School. He has cross-border qualifications, being admitted as an attorney in the United States (New York and New Jersey) and as a solicitor in England & Wales.  He completed his undergraduate education at the United States Naval Academy, graduating in 1996 (with merit) and thereafter serving as an infantry officer on active duty in the US Marine Corps and primarily as an artillery officer in the reserves, with significant command experience and becoming a LtCol. That involvement in logistically intensive work complements his transportation related practice.

Ed’s native language is English, and he has a working knowledge of Italian and French.

Highlights of Ed’s most recent work include the following:

  • Advised Italian shipowner on sanctions related to trade in South and Middle America.

  • Advised major European shipping company on the provision of an insurance product in England, Australia and the United States.

  • Representation of European bank regarding recovery of a multi-million dollar claim against an insolvent entity under claims relating to mis-delivery of cargo. Assertively pursued security actions against possible assets and successfully obtained an attachment over assets belonging to an alter-ego in a US targeting a vessel in the Southern District of Texas. In a reported decision, successfully defeated post-discovery motion to vacate seizure order and dismiss action. Global litigation included proceedings in UK and East Asia.

  • Representation of Italian shipowners in defense of numerous cargo claims resulting from signficant vessel incident involving major container loss.

  • Representation of clients, multiple entities from multiple countries involved in exchange trading business, in defense of fraud allegations brought by a Greek billionaire and related companies.

  • Representation of Eastern European state in the Southern District of New York regarding enforcement proceedings arising from an UNCITRAL arbitral award. Successfully obtained attachment of funds deposited with arbitral body.

  • Representing a global trading service in a successful strike out/summary judgment application and security for costs application in the High Court of England & Wales, after allegations were made of breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty and commission of the tort of conspiracy to injure by unlawful means.

  • Advised Skandinavian shipowner regarding informal arrest of vessel in Venezuela on claims of “stolen cargo” valued at several million USD.

  • Defended oil spill indemnification claims against client time charterer following oil spill event on Mississippi.

  • Representaiotn of major turkish conglomerate in pursuit of claims against US manufacturer of heavy equipment for defects and return of deposits, successful defeat of subject matter jurisdiction challenge involving the structural nature of a Turkish A.S. (Anonim Sirket).

Interested in specific aspects of Ed’s recent work? Contact [email protected] for further reference cases.

Professional Experience

  • Partner, Floyd Zadkovich, New York/USA (since 2020)
  • Partner, Floyd Zadkovich, New York/USA (2017-2020)
  • Attorney, Eaton & Van Winkle LLP, New York/USA (2007-2016)
  • Major, Officer-in-Charter for Detention Operations, MNF-W/Iraq (2006)
  • Attorney, K&L Gates, New Jersey/USA (2004-2007)
  • Infantry Officer, US Marine Corps, multiple locations (1996-2001)
  • Member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States (extended period)
  • Member of the New York City Bar Association (extended period)


  • Graduate, US Marine Corps Command & Staff College (DEP), Virginia/USA (2012)
  • Juris Doctor, Fordham Law School, New York/USA (2004)
  • Bachelor of Science (with merit), United States Naval Academy, Annapolis/USA (1996)

Super Lawyers 2022

Chambers USA 2022

Super Lawyers 2021

Chambers USA 2021

  • USA Nationwide: Transportation - Shipping/Maritime: Litigation (New York) (Band 4)

Super Lawyers

  • New York Super Lawyer 2016 - 2020

Chambers & Partners USA 2020

  • Ranked Individual (Band 4 - US Nationwide Shipping/Maritime)
    “Ed Floyd has noteworthy experience advising clients on maritime and trading law. His broad practice covers cargo damage and loss, charter party disputes and sanctions advice.”