Admiralty is a specialized, sometimes archaic, but always fascinating area of law which differs significantly from other civil law.

In admiralty law, for example, in rem jurisdiction presents special advantages and challenges to litigants. One example is the arrest of vessels, which at once confers jurisdiction over the vessel itself and provides security for an unresolved claim. Another is the Shipowners Limitation of Liability Act, which under certain conditions allows a vessel owner to limit its liability for certain casualties to the value of the vessel after the casualty.

Other distinctive features of maritime law include “maintenance & cure” and Jones Act claims by seamen and statutory schemes related to loss or damage of goods carried by sea.         

The firm represents vessel owners and operators, shippers, insurers and shore-based marine facilities.

E-mail: Matthew J. Duensing or Michael Fitzsimmons





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