Experienced Legal Counsel for the Maritime and Admiralty Industry
The attorneys in KDV’s Maritime and Admiralty Law Practice have over one hundred years of collective experience handling difficult admiralty and maritime matters. Our lawyers represent vessel interests (blue and brown water), marine terminal operators, stevedores, marine construction firms, ship building and repair companies, marinas, and other parties in maritime cases in state and federal courts in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts. Our attorneys are recognized as highly skilled and diligent practitioners with a strong track record of success in handling challenging cases involving serious injuries and damages. With strong ties and connections to the maritime community, we have tried cases to verdict in numerous jurisdictions and are adept at navigating the complex appeals process on behalf of our maritime and admiralty industry clients.
Accidents that take place at sea are generally governed by “admiralty law” or what is commonly known as “general maritime law.” A plaintiff can file a general maritime law case in federal or state court.
Comprehensive Representation in Maritime Law Matters
Our attorneys handle general maritime cases from the initial investigation through trial, post-trial and appeal. When a client faces a maritime accident claim, our lawyers undertake a full investigation of the incident, carefully evaluating causation and damages issues. We also investigate the plaintiff to determine whether he or she has initiated any prior maritime claims or lawsuits or has had any earlier injuries or pre-existing conditions that are not attributable to the accident. Our attorneys may call upon maritime experts to address vessel safety and operations and will also consult with doctors and other medical professionals to provide testimony about the plaintiff’s injuries. In many maritime accident cases plaintiffs claim that they are unable to return to work and will seek lost wages and other compensation which could run into the millions of dollars. In these situations, our lawyers work with a team of economists and vocational rehabilitation experts who thoroughly assess and address the issue of lost wages.
KDV’s maritime lawyers are well recognized for their ability to offer a breadth of experience in maritime matters. In addition to counseling and representing industry clients in accident cases involving general maritime law, our attorneys also handle the following types of matters:
- Cargo Loss and Damage
- Collisions, Allisions, Groundings
- Dock damage
- Jones Act
- Longshore Harbor & Workers’ Compensation Act
- Marine Terminals & Stevedoring
- Vessel Purchase and Sale
General Maritime Litigation Representative Matters
General maritime and admiralty law matters handled by the members of KDV’s Maritime and Admiralty Law Practice include:
- Vander Schauw v. Fire Island Ferries, Inc.., Supreme Court, New York County – Represented ferry company in general maritime case. Plaintiff claimed defendant was negligent in its freight storage practices because a beach chair was able to encroach into the passenger walkway. As a result, Plaintiff sustained a fractured shoulder which required open reduction and internal fixation. Undisputed expert testimony confirmed Plaintiff’s residual loss of range of motion. Plaintiff demanded $450,000 and asked the jury for $650,000. After a two week jury trial, KDV obtained a defense verdict on liability.
- Campbell v. Block Island Ferry Services, Inc., United Stated District Court, Eastern District of New York. Represented ferry company in general maritime case. Ferry company operated ferry service between Block Island and New London, Ct. via the vessel Jessica W., a 160’ wave-piercing catamaran equipped with ride-control systems. Plaintiff and her maritime expert claimed that the ferry company was negligent in its operation of the Jessica W. as she rounded the 1BI buoy (NE end of Block Island) where notoriously dangerous waters exist. As a consequence, plaintiff was thrown inside the passenger compartment and sustained a fractured shoulder which required open reduction and internal fixation surgery. The jury deliberated over two days and returned a defense verdict on liability.
Practice Group Leadership
|Partner||Hackensack, New Jersey|
|Partner||Woodbury, New York|
|Partner||Hackensack, New Jersey|
|Co-Managing Partner New York City Office||New York, New York|
|Co-Managing Partner, New Jersey OfficeChairperson, General Liability Defense Practice Group||Hackensack, New Jersey|