Rod Sullivan, Esq.

Program Director

Professor Sullivan is the Program Director of the LL.M in Logistics and Transportation and teaches courses in maritime law, administrative law, and autonomous (self-driving) vehicles.  He practiced law for over 25 years, has tried over 100 cases, and argued and won the case of Atlantic Soundings v Townsend before the United States Supreme Court.  He has appeared as an expert on maritime law on CNN, NPR, and on the Korean Broadcasting System.


B.S.   Marine Transportation,  U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
B.S.   Marine Engineering,  U.S. Merchange Marine Academy
J.D.   Stetson University College of Law
LL.M. International Law, Georgetown University Law Center 

Lindsey C. Brock III, Esq.

Professor Brock is a partner in the firm of Rumrell Law and teaches courses in maritime law and chartering.  He has served as Chairman of the Florida Bar and ABA Maritime Law Committees.  


B.A.    English, University of Florida
J.D.    Thomas Cooley School of Law
LL.M.  Admiralty and Maritime Law, Tulane Univeristy  

Jena Cauley, Esq.

Professor Cauley teaches courses in Customs and international trade law.  She practices law primarily in the area of customs law.  In addition to being a lawyer, she is a licensed customhouse broker. She has also studied at the Grand Cayman Law School.


B.A. Business Administration, University of Georgia
J.D. Florida Coastal School of Law, Certificate in International and Comparitive law 

Ericka Curran

Professor Curran teaches courses in Immigration Law.  In addition to teaching she supervises the Immigration Law Clinic at Florida Coastal School of Law.


B.A.  The Evergreen State College
J.D.  Seattle University 


Roger Groves

Professor Groves teaches courses in international business transactions. He is an accomplished pianist and a frequent contributor to Forbes Magazine.


B.A.  Michigan State University
J.D.  Wayne State University Law School 


Doug Helsing

Professor Helsing teaches courses on the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act.  He previously served as a Federal Administrative Law Hearing Officer for the United States Department of Labor, the federal department which hears claims under the LHWCA and the Defense Base Act.


Patrick W. Krechowski

Professor Krechowski teaches courses in dredging law and permitting,  as well as global climate change.  He was previously counsel for the St. Johns Water Management District.


Robert R. Underwood II

Professor Underwood teaches in the area of labor-management relations from the perspective of labor, and particularly the perspective of the unions representing longshoremen, seamen, and railway workers.


Daniel W. Raab

Professor Raab teaches in the area of marine and transportation insurance.  He is the author of Transportation Terms and Conditions:  Chapter 5, Benedict on Admiralty Desk Reference Book;  and the "Understanding Inland Marine Insurance Conditions" chapter in the New Appleman Insurance Law Practice Guide.

Jack Webb, Esq.

Professor Webb teaches labor and employment law and is a partner in the firm of Brennan, Manna & Diamond and is the head of their labor and employment section. Prior to joining that firm, Professor Webb was the Director of Labor and Employee Relations for CEVA Logistics, an international third party logistics provider.   

John D. Thomas


Colonel Thomas teaches “Contracting Fundamentals with the Department of Defense.”  Colonel Thomas runs the Defense Logistics Exposition and Conference, and the Military Warehouse Construction & Global Logistics Modernization Forum each year and is an expert in military transportation and logistics.  He is a retired Air Force officer and previously served as the Acquisition Director for the new C-27J aircraft fleet.  He also has served as a senior acquisition manager with the Air Force’s F-22 Stealth Fighter program, the YAL-1 Airborne Laser program, and served as the Logistics Manager for several major Department of Defense and NATO programs.

Captain Alan Richard

Captain Richard teaches courses in criminal law regarding maritime accidents and incidents,  as well as accident reconstruction.  He is an attorney who worked for 27 years with the Florida Marine Patrol (FMP), Division of Law Enforcement, Department of Environmental Protection.  He has been an adjunct professor of law at Florida State University for twelve years teaching Admiralty and Maritime Law and is a past Chairman of the Florida Bar Admiralty Law Committee.

Paul Hitchcock

Professor Hitchcock is an attorney and the Associate General Counsel, Law And Public Affairs, Corporate & Transportation Law for CSX Corporation.  He teaches courses in railroad litigation and regulation.

Stephanie Burch

Professor Burch is an attorney who works for the State of Florida, Department of Transportation where she is Special Counsel for Public Private Partnerships.  In that capacity she is involved in the process of developing public private partnerships for rail, intermodal, and over-the-road transportation in the State of Florida valued in the billions of dollars.  She teaches courses in Public Private Partnerships.