Admiralty and Marine

Admiralty and marine is a niche practice requiring specialized knowledge of international treaties, conventions and United States statutes that govern the world’s navigable waterways. Messner Reeves LLP’s experienced maritime attorneys are skilled at interpreting these laws and litigating, arbitrating and mediating all types of marine claims. Our attorneys have extensive experience handling claims involving cargo loss, hurricane and offshore rig damage, collisions, allisions, groundings, sinkings, fires, explosions, casualties including hazardous chemical cargoes, personal injury, death, salvage, maritime product liability, limitation of liability, pollution and all aspects of marine insurance, reinsurance, and coverage.

We advise clients on liability arising from the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act, Jones Act, the Death on the High Seas Act, and the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.  Our attorneys also have knowledge and experience in handling matters involving vessel finance, compliance with state, federal, and international regulatory requirements, and maritime and logistics contracts such as vessel sharing agreements, terminal and stevedoring contracts, specialized tug and barge agreements, charter party agreements, and bills of lading for major carriers.

We represent diverse clients such as insurers, yacht owners, charterers, vessel owners, shippers, non-operating common carriers, freight forwarders, customs house brokers, ship operators and charterers, shipyards and waterfront facilities, stevedores and longshoremen. We are also connected to a wide network of industry experts, surveyors and salvors nationally and internationally that we liaise with to provide added value and service to our clients around the globe.

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