Maritime Law

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Admiralty and Maritime Law

At Skeen & Kauffman, L.L.P., we help clients and maritime law firms throughout the U.S. and Canada with personal injury litigation, including Jones Act Claims and claims under the Longshoremen and Harbor Workers Act, marine insurance claims (plaintiff or defense), property law issues and other maritime law and transportation law issues. Attorney James Skeen is an AV-rated*, third generation admiralty and maritime lawyer with 33 years of experience.

He is a member of the Marine Insurance Claims Association, Association of Transportation Practitioners, Maritime Law Association of U.S., Proctor in Admiralty and the Traffic Club of Baltimore. As the majority of his clients are insurance companies, he understands what an insurance company may be willing to accept in terms of a settlement and knows how to either defend or prosecute a marine liability or personal injury claim.

Maryland Boating Accident Attorney

Oceans, seas, river ways and even lakes can be dangerous places. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has consistently ranked fishing as the most deadly occupation since 1992 when the BLS started publishing fatality rates by occupation. The Merchant Marine Act of 1920 (Jones Act) covers seaman protection and requires companies operating in the domestic commerce of the United States to comply with U.S. laws. Please contact our law firm via e-mail or call 410-625-2252 if you have any of the following issues pending:

  • Recreational boating accident claims involving property damage
  • Recreational boating accidents resulting in personal injury or death
  • Jones Act claims on behalf of seamen, longshoreman and harbor workers

Effective Practical Solutions for Maritime Law Issues

Many maritime issues require knowledge of property law, transportation law, personal injury litigation and insurance law. James Skeen has 30 years of experience in these areas of law and can provide effective and practical solutions for any of the following legal matters:

  • Marine subrogation and recovery
  • Marine and inland marine contracts, claims and litigation
  • Marine insurance and coverage issues (plaintiff or defense)
  • Cargo and freight claims involving ocean carriers, non-vessel operating common carrier (NVOCC) or freight forwarders, truckers, rail carriers, warehousemen, stevedores or terminal operators and air carriers
  • Claims involving vessel arrests or attachments, marinas, debt collection claims, collisions or salvage
  • Attorney Skeen has represented dozens of insurance clients and received referrals from hundreds of admiralty law firms from Boston, Chicago, New York, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Norfolk, San Francisco, Savannah, LA, Fort Lauderdale, Houston and Jacksonville as well as London, Toronto and Montreal.

    For a complete list of clients and admiralty firm referrals, or to schedule an appointment with our law office, please contact our Baltimore Maritime Lawyer via e-mail or call 410-625-2252.

    * James Skeen is an AV rated litigator. CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards, and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories -- legal ability and general ethical standards.

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