• TPM24
  • March 3-6, 2024 | Long Beach Convention Center

Rebecca Fenneman

Jeffrey/Fenneman Law + Strategy


Rebecca A. Fenneman is a founding member of Jeffrey/Fenneman Law + Strategy, PLLC, a boutique law firm established to provide legal services to clients in matters involving the jurisdiction of the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), the Maritime Administration, and related Federal agencies. Before starting this new venture, Rebecca served in many senior career roles at the FMC, including as General Counsel, as the head of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Dispute Resolution Services, and in the Bureau of Trade Analysis.

At Jeffrey/Fenneman, Rebecca has worked with clients in all facets of ocean transportation, including ocean carriers, NVOCCs, marine terminal operators/ports and large shippers, providing counsel on FMC compliance to individual clients and agreements and representation in proceedings before the Commission.

As a result of these positions, Rebecca has deep experience in the industry and the regulation of international ocean shipping, international transportation, logistics, and intermodal transportation policy. She is known for finding practical and creative business solutions in complex commercial disputes.

Rebecca earned her J.D. from the University of Maryland (with honors) and her B.A. from the University of Virginia. She is licensed to practice in Maryland and the District of Columbia. 

Sessions With Rebecca Fenneman

Monday, 27 February

  • 03:50pm - 04:35pm (PST) / 27/feb/2023 11:50 pm - 28/feb/2023 12:35 am

    OSRA 2022: Will the New Law Finally Improve Detention and Demurrage?

    Following years of complaints and fact-finding exercises by the Federal Maritime Commission, frustration over unfair detention and demurrage charges boiled over during the pandemic and led directly to importers and exporters uniting behind the 2022 Ocean Shipping Reform Act, signed into law by President Biden on June 16. While the law offers certain protections for exporters, its real impact will be in detention and demurrage: empowering the FMC to restore these fees to their core purpose of facilitating the movement of freight, not serve as an extra source of revenue. To drive this agenda, however, the FMC needs shippers to initiate cases, while shippers still must pay D&D bills to have containers released, and then seek relief later. This session will take a deep look into how the environment has changed for shippers in the roughly eight months since OSRA was signed into law, and what they can expect going forward.