Our connection with the maritime industry goes back more than a century. In fact, the Admiralty and Maritime Group at Ober|Kaler traces its roots to the firm’s founding in 1903 when the Port of Baltimore and the many maritime business interests associated with it expanded to meet our growing nation’s demands. Today, the Port serves two-thirds of the country’s population as 33 million tons of foreign commerce, valued in excess of $45 billion, passes through its terminals annually.
Our long association with the industry and thorough understanding of the unique and specialized nature of admiralty law distinguish Ober|Kaler as the first choice for litigation, business transactions and business counseling involving maritime interests in Baltimore or on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay.
Ober|Kaler attorneys regularly represent international clients as well as Maryland-based companies whose business takes them around the world. We are also the Baltimore correspondent for most of the worldwide protection and indemnity insurance associations.
Our practice encompasses:
- Major vessel casualties, cargo damage and personal injury, including 24x7 response services
- Insurance coverage disputes
- Labor, employment and immigration issues
- Customs matters
- Environmental issues
- Commercial disputes
- Jones Act, Federal Maritime Lien Act and Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act matters
- Maritime financing, bankruptcy
- Shipbuilding and ship repair disputes
- Contractual issues
- Real estate and construction
Ober|Kaler Admiralty and Maritime Group attorneys know the industry and are well known within it. Our group includes graduates of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, the Coast Guard Academy and the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps. In addition to their years of practice in all aspects of admiralty and maritime law, our attorneys also have watch officer and command duty officer experience on merchant ships, Coast Guard Cutters and U.S. Navy vessels.
Whether prompted by the need for a seasoned maritime lawyer to handle a routine business transaction, or for a firm that can quickly investigate a vessel casualty in U.S. or international waters, clients can rely on Ober|Kaler for superior value, responsive service and quality representation.