Admiralty/Maritime Defense

The Fox Smith Marine Team is comprised of lawyers with over sixty years of experience defending marine interests in state and federal courts throughout the United States. These cases are often in “tough” jurisdictions for marine defendants. We represent numerous marine entities including towing companies; fleeting and harbor services; barge owners; dry dock and terminal operators; shipyards; marine construction companies; underwriters and brokers. We are frequently retained to board vessels or go to accident sites to investigate incidents involving serious personal injuries, fatalities, or high dollar property damage. We are available 24/7/365 for these emergency assignments. We have a great deal of experience advising clients on the preservation and handling of key evidence including Electronically Stored Information (“ESI”).

The Fox Smith Marine Team also advises its marine clients on transactional issues including vessel sales/purchases, first preferred ship mortgages, charter parties, indemnification, and “naming and waiving.”