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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.


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,...



Law Alerts January 15, 2016
On November 6, 2015, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York denied the petitioner’s complaint seeking exoneration from or limitation of liability for the July 4, 2012, capsizing of his recreational vessel, the..., Case Law Alerts, 1st Quarter, January 2016 Case Law Alerts 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...
Defense Digest Article March 1, 2014
By Christopher J. DiCicco, Esq.* Key Points: Limitation Act allows vessel owners to limit liability to the value of the vessel. A Limitation proceeding consolidates claims into a single federal forum. Despite recent criticism, the...
Defense Digest Article June 1, 2013
By Lori J. Quinn, Esq.* Key Points: Ocean carrier,s "Himalaya Clause" extends to railroad as intended beneficiary and liability limitations under the ocean carrier's bill of lading extends to..., Defense Digest, Vol. 19, No. 2, June 2013
Defense Digest Article March 1, 2012
Federal - Maritime Key Points: COGSA's limit of liability is $500 per yacht. The Rotterdam Rules, once ratified by 20 nations, will become effective and improve maritime recoveries. How would you feel if you were standing on a...
Defense Digest Article December 1, 2011
What is maritime law? The terms "maritime" and "admiralty" are frequently used interchangeably. "Admiralty" refers to the body of law and procedures that govern matters related to the carriage of goods or passengers on..., Defense Digest, Vol. 17, No. 4, December 2011
Defense Digest Article September 1, 2010
New York - Maritime , Key Points: Choice of law--federal maritime or state labor law--can have profound effect. Structure on navigable water can be classified as "vessel" if capable of being used as a..., Defense Digest, Vol. 16, No. 3, September 2010



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


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

Additional Contacts

Matthew S. Schorr
Assistant Director, Casualty Department
(973) 618-4155

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