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Maritime Litigation

Recognized by Chambers USA as a top national maritime practice and by U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers® as a National, Tier 1 law firm for Admiralty & Maritime Law, the attorneys in Marshall Dennehey's Maritime Litigation Practice Group handle matters in all facets of admiralty and marine insurance law.  In serving the marine industry, these attorneys represent underwriters, cargo interests, ship owners, marine terminal operators, indirect carriers, ferry owners, tug and tow operators, cruise lines, surveyors, trucking companies, vessel manufacturers and dealerships and marine construction companies.
 
The Group routinely handles matters involving:

  • Marine and inland marine insurance
  • Product and warranty claims
  • Cargo recovery
  • Property subrogation
  • Insurance coverage
  • Reinsurance
  • Longshore & Harbor Workers
  • Jones Act
  • Transportation law
  • Warehouse liability
  • Ocean and inland marine cargo insurance
  • Personal watercraft liability
  • Marine construction
  • Hull and passenger vessel claims

 
The Maritime Litigation Practice Group offers immediate investigation of marine-related matters and accidents and provides decisive and comprehensive strategic advice. It is committed to developing long-lasting business relationships that enable the firm to provide the highest level of service to our maritime clients.
 
We welcome the opportunity to work with you in vigorously defending your maritime litigation. Consistent with our firm's proactive approach and philosophy, we also welcome the opportunity to present educational seminars and workshops as a mutually beneficial introduction to one another.
 
The Maritime Litigation Practice Group serves clients in communities throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Ohio, Florida and New York.

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Jan 2, 2008
Attorneys won a motion for summary judgment in a maritime personal-injury action filed by a passenger against a Florida cruise ship operator. Defendant cruise line successfully argued there was no personal jurisdiction over it in New Jersey, since,...

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Law Alerts October 1, 2019
In a unanimous opinion, the United States Supreme Court held that, “to the extent federal law applies to a particular issue, state law is inapplicable” under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act. The plaintiff, Brian Newton, was..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2019 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Defense Digest Article September 1, 2019
Defense Digest, Vol. 25, No. 3, September 2019 By Jay A. Hamad, Esq. & Daniel G. McDermott, Esq.* Key Points: Punitive damages no more: Supreme Court of the United States holds no recovery for punitive damages on unseaworthiness..., Defense Digest, Vol. 25, No. 3, September 2019. Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide...
Law Alerts July 1, 2019
This maritime tort law case involved Navy veterans claiming they developed cancer as a result of asbestos exposure on Navy ships and in naval shipyards. The plaintiffs sued certain equipment manufacturers whose original products did not contain..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2019 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...
Law Alerts April 1, 2019
This action involved a slip-and-fall incident that occurred on an oil platform permanently affixed to the sea floor in the Gulf of Mexico. The plaintiff was working as a galley-hand and cook at the time of the incident. He filed suit against the..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 2019 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...
Law Alerts January 1, 2019
This action involved an underlying lawsuit filed in the Supreme Court of the State of New York, Ulster County (state court), in which the plaintiff alleged violations of the Jones Act (46 U.S.C. § 30104), the General Maritime Law (including the..., Case Law Alerts, 1st Quarter, January 2019 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Defense Digest Article December 10, 2018
Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 4, December 2018 By Corey J. Portnoy, Esq.* Key Points: Class action waivers in maritime contracts are enforceable. The owner, manager or master of a vessel can limit its liability under federal maritime..., Defense Digest, Vol. 24, No. 4, December 2018. Defense Digest is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide...
Law Alerts October 1, 2018
This action involved two deaths from carbon monoxide poisoning occurring on a pleasure craft moored at a marina at the time of the incident. The issue before the court was whether subject matter jurisdiction existed pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1333..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2018 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Law Alerts April 1, 2018
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit held that punitive damages are an available remedy under the general maritime law for claims of unseaworthiness in a Jones Act seaman’s personal injury suit, notwithstanding the United..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 2018 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...
Law Alerts January 19, 2018
The United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, in a precedential, en banc decision, ruled that judges may not modify the terms of a seafarer’s labor contract without evidence of unfairness in the collective bargaining process. This..., Case Law Alerts, 1st Quarter, January 2018 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Law Alerts October 1, 2017
The plaintiff, employed as a longshoreman by Beacon Stevedoring Corporation (Beacon), was injured while helping to unload freight aboard a cargo vessel owned and/or operated by Mos Shipping Co., Ltd. (Mos) while the vessel was moored at a pier..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2017 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...

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Chair

Daniel G. McDermott
Chair, Maritime Litigation Practice Group
(212) 376-6432
dgmcdermott@mdwcg.com

Co-Chair

Jay A. Hamad
Co-Chair, Maritime Litigation Practice Group
(212) 376-6424
jahamad@mdwcg.com

Additional Contacts

Matthew S. Schorr
Assistant Director, Casualty Department
(973) 618-4155
msschorr@mdwcg.com

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