I pay close attention to whatever Denise Rucker Krepp of KDR Krepp & Associates says about maritime law and policy. I first heard her speak a couple of times when she was Senior Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security and we both were presenters at former DHS General Counsel Joe Whitley’s Annual Institutes on Homeland Security Law. She went on to serve as Chief Counsel of the U.S. Maritime Administration. Before any of this, she was an attorney at the U.S. Coast Guard up to and including September 11, 2001 – and then served as attorney advisor at the then-new Transportation Security Administration in its formative first four years thereafter before going on to her service to the Congress.
In the law and policy surrounding transportation, there are a handful of people who have worked the major issues from the perspective of multiple responsibilities on a sustained basis – and then been asked to make further contributions to their field. In maritime law and policy Denise is such a person. As a consequence I read with seriousness whatever she writes.