Admiralty and maritime law encompasses wide-ranging legal matters but is also a specialized field. Businesses and individuals involved in seafaring and maritime-related businesses therefore are best served in their legal matters by attorneys who are experienced in, and devote their practices to, this area of law. Hinshaw’s Admiralty and Maritime Practice attorneys collectively have over a century of experience as practitioners in the field and dedicate their practices to this area. We are proud to have been recognized in U.S. News – Best Lawyers' 2016 "Best Law Firms" at the national level in the area of Admiralty & Maritime Law, and to have attorneys recognized as "Best Lawyers in America" in Maritime Law.

Providing comprehensive legal services, our Admiralty and Maritime Practice team helps clients negotiate and draft advantageous contracts; defend against litigation and other claims; ensure regulatory compliance; buy and sell marine assets; and manage risk. The wide spectrum of legal issues we handle includes:

  • the application of state and federal maritime statutes
  • cargo damage
  • collisions and allisions
  • international arbitrations
  • marine insurance coverage
  • marine reinsurance
  • oil and gas claims
  • oil pollution
  • personal injuries
  • products liability
  • purchase and sale of vessels
  • regulatory issues
  • marine subrogation
  • treasure salvage
  • yachts

We are especially skilled and experienced in defending against maritime workers' personal injury claims, including those brought by seamen (under the Jones Act) and longshoremen. This includes defense of:

  • seamen's claims for the unseaworthiness of the vessel on which they worked; maritime negligence under the Jones Act; and maintenance and cure
  • actions by longshoremen, who can claim generous benefits from their employers under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, and also sue vessels for the same injuries, thereby “double dipping.”

A leading firm in the area of insurance law, Hinshaw represents many of the world's leading insurance companies, including those offering all types of marine insurance. Indeed, much of the world’s marine insurance is underwritten by our clients in the London insurance market. However, yachts, tugs, fishing boats and smaller vessels are insured domestically, and all types of marine risks are also underwritten in Asia. Hinshaw’s Admiralty and Maritime Practice attorneys handle international arbitrations in London, Hong Kong and Singapore.

As accomplished lawyers in the field, we also advise foreign lawyers on U.S. maritime law and act as expert witnesses in marine insurance matters. This includes testifying in court. Team members have been included in the "The Best Lawyers in America" in the area of Admiralty and Maritime Law; have been officers and Board Members of the Maritme Law Association of the United States; are leaders in the American Bar Association Tort and Insurance Practice Section's Admiralty and Maritime Committee; are former officers and reserve members of the U.S. Navy; and are former high-ranking professionals in the maritime and insurance industries.