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With over 2,000 lawyers in offices across five continents, K&L Gates is among the few large global law firms with a far-reaching maritime practice. We bring our deep knowledge of the industry, cross-practice capabilities, and international presence to all aspects of the maritime industry.

K&L Gates offers the U.S. and international maritime industry comprehensive legal, transactional, legislative, and regulatory capabilities. Our combined knowledge and experience are valuable assets for any business or association in the maritime industry. Our global presence allows us to offer our services wherever our clients’ needs may arise. The breadth of our experience is reflected in the geographic span of our work and in our understanding of the maritime industry as a business. We help our clients manage risk and achieve their goals.

Our maritime practice dates back more than four decades. Today, the group represents all major sectors of the maritime industry—vessel owners, operators, managers, underwriters, shippers, terminal operators, liquid and dry bulk, liquefied natural gas, container, roll-on/roll-off, passenger and/or cruise, and specialized vessels, such as offshore drilling units, power-generating barges, tugs, mobile offshore drilling units, offshore supply vessels, dredging, dive support, pipe and cable laying, fishing, and recreational boats. Our maritime clients include vessel owners and operators, underwriters, ports, marinas, energy companies, shore facilities, shipyards, investment and financing entities, industry groups and associations, as well as shippers, commodities traders, and others with maritime-related needs.

Through our work for clients, we are actively involved in all aspects of maritime-related matters, including traditional maritime issues such as collisions, groundings, charter party disputes, cargo damage, hull and machinery, product liability, and personal injury, as well as commercial litigation; criminal defense; environmental compliance; ship sale and purchase; shipbuilding, repair, conversion, and construction matters; and U.S. legislation and rulemaking. Our maritime group is especially skilled at handling complex international maritime arbitrations, mediations, adjudications, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. We also regularly represent clients before congressional committees, the Maritime Administration (MARAD), the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), the Coast Guard (USCG), the Department of Defense (DOD), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and other executive branch agencies in the United States and abroad.

Our lawyers are also well-recognized as leaders in the field of maritime environmental issues, including defending ship owners, operators, managers, charterers, and crewmembers in matters involving civil fines and penalties and/or criminal prosecution of environmental regulations, such as International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS), Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA), and the Clean Water Act (CWA). Our lawyers have been involved in most major oil spills in the United States over the last 25 years, and are practiced in dealing with governmental authorities, clean-up efforts and issues, third-party claims arising out of spills, civil and criminal defense of clients, federal and state trustees, National Resource Damage Assessments and resolution of claims, and the filing and successful handling of claims with the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund.

Our attorneys also advise regarding vessel construction contracts, credit agreements, secured vessel financing, project financing, leveraged lease transactions, international structured financial transactions, and public financing of maritime projects. We have represented clients in complex cross-border disputes relating to pooling, competition, and consortium issues, including regulatory control by port states, class, flag states, distressed shipping debt funds, and ownership and management structures.

Additionally, the scope of our services and capabilities enables the maritime group to seamlessly assist clients with most, if not all, of their legal service needs, such as insurance coverage issues, labor and employment matters, real estate transactions, construction law, and international transactions of every form. K&L Gates’ maritime practice takes a variety of forms to suit the requirements and goals of our global clients. Our cross-practice work involves all issues faced by maritime interests, including:

Areas of Practice

NameTitleOfficeContact
Partner
P +1.704.331.7434
Partner
P +55.(0)1137045707
Partner
P +1.310.552.5016
Partner
P +1.973.848.4027
Associate
P +1.704.331.7510
Practice Area Leader - Energy, Infrastructure and Resources
P +1.206.370.7830
Partner
P +1.310.552.5014
Counsel
P +33.(0)1.58.44.15.31
Administrative Partner (Singapore)
P +65.6507.8125
Partner
P +44.(0)20.7360.8229
Partner
P +1.212.536.4097
Partner
P +1.503.226.5765
Government Affairs Counselor
P +1.202.661.6220
Partner
P +55.(0)1137045706
Foreign Legal Consultant
P +1.843.579.5670
Administrative Partner (Paris)
Partner
P +1.212.536.3994
Partner
P +61.7.3233.1236
Senior Associate
P +61.2.9513.2346
Partner
P +1.415.882.8016
Practice Area Leader — Corporate & Transactional
P +1.212.536.4089
Of Counsel
P +1.713.815.7369
Senior Associate
P +44.(0)20.7360.8165
Associate
P +1.713.815.7365
Partner
P +1.206.370.7805
Partner
P +44.(0)20.7360.8122
Associate
P +1.713.815.7327
Associate
P +1.843.579.5641
Partner
P +61.7.3233.1248
Associate
P +1.919.831.7021
Partner
P +1.202.778.9338
Associate
P +1.206.370.7850
Partner
P +1.843.579.5660
Partner
P +1.206.370.7664
Partner
P +1.713.815.7303
Administrative Partner (Raleigh)
P +1.919.743.7306
Partner
P +1.843.579.5619
Partner
P +1.617.261.3179
Associate
P +1.212.536.4021
Partner
P +61.2.9513.2445
Associate
P +1.212.536.3981
Partner
P +61.2.9513.2384
Partner
P +1.202.661.6271
Partner
P +1.310.552.5030
Partner
P +1.206.370.6587
Associate
P +44.(0)20.7360.8167
Associate
P +1.312.807.4329
Partner
P +61.2.9513.2564
Government Affairs Counselor
P +1.202.778.9320
Partner
P +1.212.536.4043
Administrative Partner (Portland)
P +1.503.226.5710
Partner
P +44.(0)20.7360.8199
Partner
P +1.713.815.7353
Partner
P +1.202.661.6222
Partner and Chair of Women in Profession Committee
P +1.214.939.5512
Partner
P +1.305.539.3316
Partner
P +61.7.3233.1249
Counsel
P +1.617.951.9108
Of Counsel
P +1.312.807.4359
Of Counsel
P +1.202.661.3815
Partner
P +1.202.661.6262
Partner
P +1.202.661.6231
Partner
P +1.214.939.5879
Administrative Partner (San Francisco)
P +1.415.249.1028
Government Affairs Counselor
P +1.202.778.9374
Partner
P +1.202.661.3764
Partner
P +81.3.6205.3606
Practice Area Leader - Energy, Infrastructure and Resources
P +1.202.778.9085
Partner
P +61.2.9513.2528
Associate
P +1.212.536.4850
Partner
P +1.412.355.8617
Partner
P +65.6507.8105
Of Counsel
P +1.412.355.6478
Partner
P +48.22.653.4212
Partner
P +1.503.226.5727
Partner
P +55.(0)1137045702
Partner
P +1.214.939.5427
Partner
P +1.919.743.7311
Administrative Partner (Harrisburg)
P +1.717.231.4509
Associate
P +1.503.226.5787
Counsel
P +81.3.6205.3605
Partner
P +886.2.2326.5198
Administrative Partner (Houston)
Practice Area Leader - Energy, Infrastructure and Resources
P +1.713.815.7348
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Traditional Admiralty Matters
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of owner of motor yacht in limitation of liability proceeding involving fire, property damage, and environmental claims.
Represented bridge owner to recover for allision damage.
Represented cargo owner in Carriage of Goods by Sea Act (COGSA) claim for equipment damaged (constructive total loss) during ocean transit.
Provided counsel to ferry operator regarding claims against manufacturer for defects in marine engines.
Represented clients in connection with Rule B attachment issues in U.S. courts.
Represented various vessel interests in USCG regulatory matters.
On behalf of an Australian bunker supplier, arrested vessels including sister/surrogate ships in China, Korea, and Japan to secure debts of approximately US$1m.
Represented vessel owner at trial and on appeal in dispute over maritime lien for charterer’s bunker purchases.
Represented various vessel interests in wrongful death and personal injury claims by seamen, longshoremen, and passengers under the Jones Act, LHWCA, and general maritime law.
Represented freight forwarder in importer’s claim for uninsured loss resulting from damage to large equipment shipment.