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Lawyer Legion created this information center focused on admiralty and maritime law. Our directory can help you find the top admiralty or maritime lawyer in your area.

Admiralty law, also called maritime law, is the body of laws that governs everything that occurs on the ocean. It gives courts in the United States jurisdiction over events that happen to Americans or by Americans.

Admiralty and maritime law could involve personal injury matters, criminal matters, or issues of trade and commerce. Many of these cases are governed by federal law, but might also be influenced by international law, since many treaties exist that govern the ocean.

The seas are a dangerous place to work, and maritime law often covers seamen and other workers who are employed on ships and vessels. Federal laws and regulations affect maritime employment.

The Jones Act, or Marine Merchant Act of 1920, gives seamen the right to seek redress in U.S. courts if injured on the job. The Death on the High Seas Act provides a way for family members of loved ones lost at sea to recover for wrongful death.

The Long Shore and Harbor Workers Act protects maritime employees who work on the land, like dock workers and crane operators. Maritime lawyers may also represent injured passengers.

Admiralty and maritime lawyers frequently represent the victims of such personal injury matters. These attorneys also advise businesses and companies whose business takes them over water.

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The following list was determined using a number of factors including both objective and subjective criteria. Lawyers were selected based on their career accomplishments, high-profile cases, professional involvement, community leadership, and board certifications. This list includes many of the most highly accomplished admiralty and maritime lawyers currently practicing in the United States.

When reviewing this list, please be aware of each of the following:

  • Lawyers cannot pay to be included in this list.
  • Only lawyers who are active on Lawyer Legion were selected.
  • It is difficult to compare lawyers who practice in different states across the country.
  • It is impossible to accurately determine a national list of attorneys who are actually “the best” at practicing maritime law (but our list comes close).
Robert Louis Gardana
Law Office Of Robert Louis Gardana
Miami, FL
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Jacob John Munch
Munch & Munch
Tampa, FL
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Jerry Dean Hamilton
Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel LLP
Miami, FL
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Dennis A Cammarano
Cammarano Law Group
Long Beach, CA
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Douglas R. Williams
BoatLaw, LLP
Seattle, WA
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John W Merting
John W. Merting, P.A.
Gulf Breeze, FL
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Phillip Arthur Buhler
Moseley Prichard Parrish Knight & Jones
Jacksonville, FL
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Michelle Otero Valdes
Chalos & Co., P.C.
Coral Gables, FL
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Tim Akpinar
Akpinar Law Office - Admiralty & Maritime Law - Boating Law
Little Neck, NY
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Charles Douglas Naylor
Law Offices of Charles D. Naylor
San Pedro, CA
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Nicholas Neidzwski
BoatLaw, LLP
San Francisco, CA
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Jason Aron Itkin
Arnold & Itkin
Houston, TX
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Admiralty and Maritime Law Bar Associations and Legal Organizations

Maritime Law Association of the United States (MLA) - The MLA is a national professional organization of lawyers practicing Admiralty and Maritime law. The objectives of the organization are to advocate for reforms in Maritime Law in the United States and to facilitate justice in the administration of those laws. Membership with the Maritime Law Association of the United States includes judges, law professors, and non-lawyers who are selected because they hold important positions in the industry.

Specialty Certifications in Admiralty and Maritime Law

State Bar of California
Admiralty and Maritime Law - Admiralty and Maritime Law is the practice of law dealing with substantive and procedural aspects of the law that governs vessels, navigation, and shipping. The term "admiralty and maritime law" also includes personal injury claims, marine pollutions, and much more. Attorneys in California who are board-certified specialists have demonstrated dedication and experience in the field of Admiralty and Maritime Law.
The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Admiralty & Maritime Law - Admiralty & Maritime Law is an area of specialization offered by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education. Many of the top Admiralty & Maritime Law attorneys have become board certificated in this specialty area of the law. Admiralty & Maritime Law is defined as the practice of law dealing with the rules, concepts and legal practice governing vessels, the shipping industry, the carrying of goods and passengers by water as well as related maritime concepts.

More on Admiralty and Maritime Law

Laws surrounding admiralty and maritime matters are complex and specific to the industry, so it's important to hire someone with experience.

Many of the top maritime lawyers in the United States have earned the designation as "proctors in admiralty" or have joined specialty non-profit legal associations including the Maritime Law Association of the United States.

Maritime law is the field of law that applies to transporting property and people by water. 

Statute of Limitations for Admiralty and Maritime Law Cases

Maritime law is governed by a In general, a three-year statute of limitations applies to personal injury and wrongful death cases involving maritime and admiralty cases.

A two year statute of limitations applies to cargo cases under the adoption of the Rotterdam Rules.

A one year statute of limitations applies to cargo cases under the Hague-Visby Rules. A one year statute of limitations applies for most major cruise ship passenger tickets.

Additional Resources

Maritime Law Association of the United States - The Maritime Law Association of the United States (MLAUS), established in 1899, is a national professional organization of lawyers who practice in maritime or admiralty law. The organization grants the designation as a "Proctor" in order "to designate the most distinguished class of membership for practicing maritime attorneys." Proctor status is the initial step in MLA leadership. 

Proctor in Admiralty - The designation of "Proctor" was used in the United States until 1966 when the Admiralty Rules and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were unified. The designation of "Proctor" was used in the federal court system in the United States until 1966 when the Admiralty Rules and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure were unified. Although the term "Proctor" is no longer in official usage, many associations use the term to distinguish their members as practicing maritime attorneys.

Admiralty Law on Wikipedia - Visit Wikipedia to learn more about the importance of maritime law. Find a list of basic maritime laws and their characteristics on land and sea. The article explains who enforces maritime law.

Boat Law, LLP - Maritime Injury Lawyers - The attorneys at BoatLaw, LLP represent maritime industry workers, Jones Act seamen, longshore and harbor workers, commercial fishermen, cruise ship workers,  passengers, and other workers injured while at sea or working in service of a vessel. They serve the west coast from Alaska, Washington, and Oregon to California. Learn more about the maritime industry in the Pacific Northwest and the legal representation available to those injured in an accident or workplace incident. 

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