Admiralty and maritime law is among the oldest branches of law and is often treated as a separate and distinct area of law. Admiralty work includes litigation, commercial transactions and non-litigation counseling, as well as regulatory work before federal and state agencies. Representing clients in New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, our litigation caseloads generally defend matters involving collision, personal injury, cargo loss, workers' compensation, maritime commercial disputes and insurance coverage relating to inland marine vessels, oceangoing vessels, passenger vessels, drill rigs and other offshore equipment. We represent clients in claims involving the Death on the High Seas Act (DOSHA), Jones Act, collision/allision, fire, stranding, sinking, towage and property damage cases of all kinds, including pipeline, rig and platform damage arising from marine operations in the offshore petroleum industry.
In the areas of commercial and counseling, Deutsch Kerrigan’s admiralty attorneys handle issues relating to Master Service Agreements, vessel sales, shipyard contracts, maritime insurance counseling and evaluation, charter party drafting and negotiations, and maritime finance advice.
Our attorneys represent clients in federal and state court litigation, arbitration and administration before various marine-related federal agencies before the United States Coast Guard, Federal Maritime Commission, United States Department of Labor and the National Transportation Safety Board.