Schreck, Gordon D.

Distinguished Visiting Adjunct Professor


Gordon D. Schreck is a recently retired member of the Admiralty and Maritime Practice at Womble Bond Dickinson, (formerly Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge and Rice), one of the largest regional law firms in the country with over 550 lawyers in 18 offices. A prominent member of the nation’s admiralty bar, Schreck joins the Charleston School of Law’s faculty effective August 1, 2018, as a Distinguished Visiting Adjunct Professor. He brings to the law school’s maritime law program the benefit of almost 50 years of practice as an admiralty lawyer.

Schreck began his practice following his graduation from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1969, joining the Charleston law firm of Buist Moore Smythe McGee. He was instrumental in the growth of that firm’s traditional admiralty law practice, as the Port of Charleston became one of the leading container ports in the U.S. He joined Womble Carlyle upon that firm’s merger with Buist Moore in May, 2011.

Schreck’s stature in the admiralty bar is evidenced by his list of career accomplishments. He has served both as a committee chair and a director of the Maritime Law Association of the U.S., and continues to sit on its Nominating Committee. He is a member and former chairman of the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute and now serves on SEALI’s Advisory Committee. He is also a founding member of the law school’s Charleston Maritime Law Institute (“CMLI”), and was instrumental in recruiting the Institute’s board of advisors, which he continues to chair.

Schreck serves as an Associate Editor of American Maritime Cases, the official court reporter for published maritime cases in the United States. Up until his retirement from active practice in January 2018, he had been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for 25 years, in South Carolina Super Lawyers since its inception, and was recognized in Chambers USA in the field of Transportation: Shipping Litigation (Nationwide Category).

Schreck has been a frequent lecturer and speaker, including the following recent presentations:

  • From Runnymede to Charleston:  Magna Carta, The Rule of Law and Professionalism, 52nd Annual Seminar, Federal Administrative Law Judges Conference, Charleston, SC, September 2015
  • The Silver Oar:  Early Admiralty Practice in the District Court of South Carolina, 225th Anniversary Celebration of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina, Charleston Federal Courthouse, March 5, 2015
  • The Maritime Labour Convention (2006), ACLI’s 3rd Annual Forum on Admiralty and Maritime Claims and Litigation, Houston, TX, 2014

Schreck remains active in a number of maritime industry organizations. He is a member and past-president of the Propeller Club of Charleston, and a member and chairman emeritus of the Maritime Association of South Carolina. He also serves, as an at-large, private sector appointee to the U.S. Coast Guard’s Charleston Area Maritime Security Committee, a position requiring a national security clearance.

Schreck is a member of both the South Carolina and Virginia bars, and of the bars of the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He has been a permanent member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference since 2002.

Schreck will share his knowledge and many years of practical legal experience with CSOL students in both the J.D. and Admiralty LL.M. programs, with a particular emphasis on modern intermodal container transportation law, an area in which he has specialized in recent years, representing virtually all of the world’s major containership operators calling at the Port of Charleston.


LL.B, University of Virginia School of Law; B.A., Hampden-Sydney College

Contact Info:

Office: Womble, Bond, Dickinson, 5 Exchange Street, Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: 843.720.4605

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