Crowley Promotes Julia Shemesh to vice president and deputy general counsel

Crowley Maritime Corp. has promoted Julia Shemesh to vice president and deputy general counsel. Shemesh will remain in Seattle, and will continue reporting to Michael Roberts, senior vice president and general counsel, who works out of Crowley’s corporate headquarters in Jacksonville, Fla.

In her new role, Shemesh will primarily be responsible for providing advice and support on legal issues affecting company business on the West Coast, including petroleum distribution, marine solutions, and harbor ship assist and tanker escort services. She will also play an active role assisting in the continued expansion of Jensen Maritime, a Crowley subsidiary specializing in full-service naval architecture and marine engineering services.

“Julia has done a remarkable job as corporate counsel and is a key member of the Crowley team,” says Roberts in a company press release. He notes Shemesh’s energy and focus on simplifying the contracting process, and offering creative solutions in several projects.

“I truly enjoy working with each business unit and its leaders, and I’m looking forward to assisting them from a more strategic perspective," Shemesh says. "My goal is to help them continue to grow their businesses and reach their objectives while minimizing risk to the corporation.”

Prior to joining Crowley as senior corporate counsel in 2009, Shemesh practiced with Allen & Overy, where she specialized in corporate law and advised on mergers, acquisitions, privatizations, initial public offerings and project financing for clients, including many in the oil and gas industry. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and received a Juris Doctorate from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.