Charles B. Anderson comes from a family with long maritime traditions. His grandfather, Captain Charles R. Beard, was a steamboat pilot operating on the Tennessee and Ohio Rivers in the early 1900’s. His father, Commodore John W. Anderson, was master of the Blue Riband superliner SS United States from 1952 to 1964. Charles B. Anderson now serves as a member of the Board of the SS United States Conservancy.
Mr. Anderson served on destroyers in the U.S. Navy and currently holds the rank of Commander in the US Naval Reserve. He was educated at Columbia College and graduated in law from Columbia Law School. He received a Master’s degree from Princeton University and was a George C. Marshall fellow at the University of Copenhagen under a grant from the American Scandinavian Foundation.
Since 1998 Mr. Anderson has been the head of Skuld North America Inc. (formerly Anchor Marine Claims Services), North American representatives of Assuranceforeningen Skuld, a leading P&I Club based in Olso, Norway. Previously he was a partner in Haight, Gardner, Holland & Knight, an internationally-recognized maritime and transportation law firm which he joined in 1980, and where he specialized in admiralty and environmental law. In 1998 he was elected a Titulary Member of the Comité Maritime International in recognition of his work in the area of international shipping and environmental law. Mr. Anderson is also the co-author of Shipping and Environment, published by Lloyd’s of London Press in November 1998, and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Columbia University, where he teaches admiralty law.