Maritime Law

The Marine Industry is simultaneously broad and unique. It affects almost all aspects of our Gulf Coast economy. Those who are actually engaged in maritime commerce have particularized business and legal needs that are specific to the maritime sector.  It pays to have legal counsel that is intimately familiar with substantive maritime law as well as the procedures and practices that are unique to an admiralty practice. Obtaining a lawyer that is familiar with the reality of operations on navigable waters and the reality of the marine environment is critical to any owner, operator, shipper, carrier, or seaman that plans to carry the day at trial.

In addition to their experience in the courtroom, the attorneys practicing in GH&A’s maritime section have been to sea. They have served aboard US naval vessels, crewed on inland towing vessels and worked on offshore drill ships and rigs. They are familiar with the marine industry from the ground up.  They have represented clients engaged in all aspects of maritime commerce, including vessel owners and operators, charterers and cargo interests, shipyards, dock owners and operators, marine fabricators, marine suppliers, vessel builders, and towing companies. From a simple charter party or cargo dispute to a marine casualty involving millions of dollars, GH&A’s maritime lawyers have the experience to handle it.

This includes maritime personal injury and property damage claims arising under the general maritime law, Death on the High Seas Act, Jones Act, Longshore & Harborworkers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA), and Oil Pollution Act. It includes handling property losses stemming from vessel collisions or allisions, cargo loss, contamination or damage, disputes arising under protection & indemnity and hull & machinery insurance policies, in rem actions and the enforcement of maritime lien rights through vessel arrests and attachments.

For more information about our maritime law practice, and GH&A’s attorneys who are passionate about it, contact one of the attorneys listed below:

Robert A. Davee

Joseph Z. Cavanah