William E. Dysart

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William E Dysart

William (Bill) Dysart has a highly specialized maritime practice.  His primary focus is transactions involving recreational and commercial  vessels, including purchase and sales, construction and repair, property, sales, and use taxes, manning and crewing, flagging, financing, and associated environmental issues. Throughout his career, he has facilitated hundreds of purchase and sale transactions for all types of vessels, including submarines, floating dry docks, large freighters, and mega- and super-yachts.

Certified as a specialist in Admiralty and Maritime Law by the State Bar of California and recognized as an expert in his field, Bill often shares his expertise with business and professional groups, including presenting Continuing Education Programs for the California Bar Association, California Insurance Education Association, United States Navy, California Yacht Brokers Association, Society of Marine Surveyors, as well as other groups and organizations in the business, yachting and commercial maritime communities. In addition, Bill taught Admiralty Law as an Adjunct Professor at the University of San Diego School of Law and at California Western School of Law for over 40 years. He is the author of Boaters Best Management Practices, a book on boating and the environment, and is authoring another book on U.S. recreational boating law.

Bill brings his professional experience and passion to a multitude of volunteer leadership roles.  He has served as a board member and Chairman for the Maritime Museum Association of San Diego, Commodore of the Southwestern Yacht Club, a board member of the San Diego Association of Yacht Clubs, and as a Board member and Judge Advocate of the Southern California Yachting Association  He also advised on the formation of San Diego Fleet Week.

He is also a member and past Chairman of the Commission for Certified Specialty, Admiral and Maritime Law, of the State Bar of California Board of Legal Certification. In addition, Bill has served on the Technical Advisory Committee for the Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Diego Bay Interagency Water Quality Panel, the Clean Water Act Advisory Committee for San Diego Bay, the Vessel Safety Committee and on the Board of Directors of Recreational Boaters of California, a state-wide legislative advocacy group for recreational boaters.

Bill earned his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and earned his law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law following his service as a United States Naval Officer.

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