Chartwell Law’s multidisciplinary approach allows us to respond quickly and effectively to each and every maritime matter – from a routine purchase agreement to a catastrophic accident. Insurers, vessel owners, cruise lines, and other clients rely on our experience and industry knowledge to protect their interests.

Representing international and domestic marine insurers, we understand the nuances of marine insurance practice and policy. We draft policy language, provide coverage opinions, resolve disputes in arbitrations, and regularly litigate in state and federal courts, including on appeal. Chartwell Law acts as legal correspondent for international protection and indemnity clubs. Our experience extends to complex matters involving multiple plaintiffs or catastrophic injuries. We defend claims brought pursuant to the Jones Act, General Maritime Law, Death on the High Seas Act, Limitation of Liability Act, and the Longshoremen and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.

We collaborate with our insurance law, general liability, and workers’ compensation colleagues in furtherance of our cross-discipline approach to dispute resolution. Access to unique perspectives helps us better understand relevant statutes and regulations and their impacts on the maritime industry.

Our team defends marine product manufacturers and suppliers, marinas, boatyards, and shippers. We represent maritime businesses in drafting marine-related purchase and sale agreements, foreclosure and other maritime lien documents, and facilitating and defending vessel arrests throughout the Southeastern United States and the Caribbean.

We handle a wide range of claims, including:

  • Catastrophic Injury and Wrongful Death
  • Cruise Line Litigation
  • Death on the High Seas Act
  • Hull and Machinery Claims
  • Jones Act
  • Limitation of Liability Act Claims
  • Longshoremen and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act
  • Maintenance and Cure Claims
  • Marina, Boatyard, and Seawall Claims
  • Marine Insurance Coverage
  • Maritime Commercial Litigation
  • Maritime Contracts
  • Product Liability
  • Recreational Marine and Yacht Claims
  • Vessel Arrest