Thomas C. Fitzhugh

Thomas C. Fitzhugh III


Partner, Schouest, Bamdas, Soshea & BenMaier PLLC
President, The Longshore Institute, Inc.
Vice President & General Counsel, The Maritime Security Council of the United States
Lecturer in Maritime Administration, Texas A&M University at Galveston


J.D. (with honors), The University of Texas, 1976

Courses Taught

MARA 212 – Business Law
MARA 421 – Admiralty Law
MARA 435 – Labor & Employment Law
MARA 486 – International Maritime Business (London)

Professional Activities

Vice President & General Counsel, Maritime Security Council (1998-present; Executive Director 1988-1998)
Adjunct Lecturer in Maritime Law, Texas A&M University (1996-present)
Pre-Law Advisor, Texas A&M University (2011-present)
Special Master, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
Chairman, U.S. Government Inter-Agency Committee on Maritime Security, 1996-98
Proctor in Admiralty, Maritime Law Association of the United States;
Board of Advisors, University of San Francisco Maritime Journal
Defense Research Institute   Committee on Admiralty Law  1984 to present;
Maritime Law Association of the United States Committee on Maritime Personnel (formerly Stevedoring and Terminal Operations) 1982 to present;
Subcommittee on Longshore & Harbor Workers' Compensation Act
Committee on Carrier Security, 1990 to present
American Bar Association, Section of Litigation  
Committee on Admiralty & Maritime Law
Committee on Personal Injury, Wrongful Death and Workers' Compensation;
College of the State Bar of Texas, Charter Member, 1984 to present.
Association of Continuing Legal Education
    Mandatory CLE Committee
    National Interest Group
Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
Fellow, Houston Bar Foundation
Faculty, Champe Fitzhugh International Honors Leadership Seminar, Rome/Venice, Italy, 1992-2001
Pro Bono College of the State Bar of Texas, 1995-present
Planning Committee, University of Texas Admiralty & Maritime Seminar
Judge, John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition


Vice President’s Meritorous Award for Outstanding Classroom Teaching
Texas A&M University, May 2010
“His vast professional experience enables him to provided current real world situations to illustrate the subject matter.  One student said, “There is never a dull moment in his class…he constantly adapts his assignments to what is current.”   

U.S. Customs Ensign from Customs Commissioner Raymond Kelly,
November 1998
“In recognition and appreciation of your superior efforts in support of U.S. Customs Industry Partnership Programs”

Award for Excellence, U.S. Department of Transportation, November 1996
“In recognition of and appreciation for extraordinary contributions to the field of maritime security and for distinguished service to the maritime industry.”
Charles W. Plum Distinguished Service Award – 1990 & 1995
"In recognition of outstanding and exemplary service to the Memorial Student Center and Texas A&M University"

Hammer Award, Vice President’s Commission on Government Operations
October 1995
“For innovative and effective work between the private sector and U.S. government to improve programs designed to prevent and interdict drug smuggling into the United States through the Carrier Initiative Program”

Gold Band Award, U.S. Customs Service
September 1992
"For your generous efforts to promote the objectives of the Trade Policy Role of the U.S.  Customs Service"