John Butler was named President and CEO of the World Shipping Council (WSC) in August 2015 after serving as General Counsel for the association since 2010.
Prior to joining the World Shipping Council, John was a Partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Sher & Blackwell, where he served as outside counsel to the WSC. For almost two decades, he advised liner shipping companies and trade associations on regulatory, commercial, security, hazardous materials, environmental, contract and anti-trust issues. He has represented the liner shipping industry in federal agency rulemakings, legislative activities, and federal court litigation on a broad range of security, environmental, regulatory, and commercial matters.
John has been admitted to the bar in Maryland and the District of Columbia, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C., Ninth, and Third Circuits. He is a former President of the Maritime Administrative Bar Association.
John began his legal career as a Law Clerk in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of Administrative Law Judges. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Colorado College and a Juris Doctor, with honors, from George Washington University Law School.
Shippers and container lines will put the hard questions to each other, taking the discussion around container shipping decarbonization beyond the theoretical and toward tangible operational actions. In this novel format, shipper and container line executives will question each other on what they’re doing to meet increasingly stringent mandates to cut greenhouse gas emissions. This will illuminate how cost-sensitive carriers and shippers can achieve incremental environmental victories, bringing them closer to what will ultimately be a fossil fuel-free future.