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Premier Jones Act Defense Team

The Jones Act is a federal statute that provides seamen with the right to sue their employers and vessel owners for injuries sustained while working aboard a vessel. Under the Jones Act statute, a “seaman” is defined as someone who spends a significant amount of his or her time working as a crewmember, officer or captain of a vessel that is “in navigation.” While the Jones Act is limited to seamen, the Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) is more expansive and allows surviving family members and dependents to recover benefits when a seaman or any other maritime employee working at least three nautical miles off of the shore of the United States is killed in an offshore accident involving negligent or wrongful acts.

The attorneys in KDV’s Maritime and Admiralty Law Practice have decades of combined experience defending owners of blue and brown water vessels against lawsuits brought under the Jones Act and the Death on the High Seas Act. We also represent the interests of insurance carriers who protect vessels owners against these types personal injury and death claims, including both domestic insurance companies and international Protection and Indemnity Clubs.

Minimize Exposure and Financial Liability

KDV’s Maritime and Admiralty Law Practice is recognized as one of the nation’s leading Jones Act defense groups. Our maritime lawyers have tried numerous cases to verdict in state and federal courts throughout New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts and have handled appeals at all levels, including the United States Supreme Court. We understand that Jones Act and DOHSA cases tend to involve high damage claims that expose our clients to substantial financial liability. When a maritime personal injury or death claim arises, our lawyers undertake a comprehensive investigation of the incident which often includes collaborating with industry experts on issues of liability and damages. We keep our clients fully apprised at every stage of the proceedings and partner with them to build a strong defense strategy that protects their business and financial interests.

At KDV we are proud of the longstanding relationships we have built with clients throughout the maritime community. We take the time to get to know our clients and approach every case from their perspective. Whether our lawyers are working to negotiate a favorable settlement or litigating a maritime claim in court, our goals is to help our clients achieve the best possible outcome for their individual situation.

Partner Woodbury, New York
Partner Hackensack, New Jersey
Co-Managing Partner, New Jersey Office
Chair of Maritime Practice Group
Hackensack, New Jersey , Washington, D.C.,
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