Cozen O’Connor: Maritime


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Supreme Court Considers Safe Berth Warranty [Alert]

David Loh discusses U.S. v Citigo and what it means that the U.S. Supreme Court will be hearing this appeal from the Third Circuit.


Maritime is among the most vital and complex of all transportation sectors, given its centuries-long history and global reach. To properly serve sophisticated maritime clients, Cozen O’Connor has built one of the most renowned maritime practices of any law firm in the United States.

Our attorneys represent a diverse range of global clients serving the maritime industry, including major vessel operating common carriers; ocean shipping company groups and alliances; vessel owners; maritime-related investors and financial institutions; ports, terminals and port/terminal operators; carrier-terminal management groups; P&I Clubs; chassis pools; and ocean transportation intermediaries.

Regulatory. Maritime activity is heavily regulated by numerous federal and international agencies. We counsel on regulations enforced by the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), including tariffs and service contracts; discussion agreements; vessel sharing agreements; and niche or specialty agreements. We assist with flagging or reflagging of vessels; towing, salvage and fisheries law compliance; maritime promotional programs; and U.S. sanction and embargo laws under the Maritime Administration (MARAD), Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).

Corporate & Finance. Our finance practice covers traditional asset-backed ship finance, leasing transactions and other custom-tailored financings, as well as capital raided in the public and private markets, all valued in the billions of dollars. We provide ongoing counsel on charter parties, citizenship requirements, restructuring, workouts and maritime lien enforcement. Our attorneys serve as special counsel in mergers and acquisitions involving foreign and domestic maritime-related assets. We also advise on ship construction and repair contracts as well as vessel sale and purchase matters.

Litigation. Cozen O’Connor handles complex commercial disputes arising from agreements unique to the maritime industry as well as marine casualty, personal injury, wrongful death, loss of cargo and pollution claims. We respond to government investigations, resolve administrative and criminal enforcement actions and defend criminal and civil litigation. Moreover, we handle coverage disputes with regard to cargo, hull and marine general liability insurance on behalf of marine insurers.

Antitrust. Our attorneys are exceptionally knowledgeable about how U.S. and international antitrust and competition laws apply to the maritime industry. We advise on all matters of antitrust compliance, review M&A and joint venture transactions, and defend clients in private antitrust class actions and U.S. and multi-jurisdictional government antitrust and enforcement proceedings.

Cozen O’Connor’s maritime practice is made up of acknowledged leaders of the maritime bar, including several former presidents of the Maritime Administrative Bar Association. Our attorneys have testified before Congress on dozens of critical legislative reforms and served on U.S. delegations to negotiate and implement bilateral and international transportation and security agreements. The firm’s nationwide transportation shipping regulatory and ship finance practices have been listed by Chambers USA as Band 1 and Band 3, respectively. Individual members of the maritime team have also been recognized as industry leaders by independent legal publications, including Chambers USA. The team includes contributing authors to numerous publications, including Schoenbuam’s Admiralty & Maritime Law and Wolters and Kluwer’s Maritime Law Handbook.



Supreme Court Considers Safe Berth Warranty [Alert]

June 25, 2019

David Loh discusses U.S. v Citigo and what it means that the U.S. Supreme Court will be hearing this appeal from the Third Circuit.

Supreme Court Rejects Seaman’s Claim for Punitive Damages [Alert]

June 25, 2019

David Loh discusses the U.S. Supreme Court — in a 6 to 3 decision — holding in Dutra Group v. Batterton that a seaman may not recover punitive damages on a claim of vessel unseaworthiness.

Opportunity to Comment on MARAD’s U.S. Citizenship Regulations and Policies [Alert]

April 30, 2019

Anne Mickey and Jeff Vogel discuss two Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking soliciting comments on steps that MARAD can take to simplify and/or modernize its U.S. citizenship regulations and policies.

Supreme Court Finds Classwide Arbitration Available Only When Clearly Set Forth in Contract [Alert]

April 29, 2019

David Loh discusses how a recent SCOTUS decision could impact the maritime industry.

It’s Alive – Trump Administration Resurrects Helms-Burton Title III

April 24, 2019

Don Kassilke and Matthew Howell discuss what the implementation of Title III means in practical terms and how it could impact entities trading with Cuba.

A Tale of Two Fleets: Mixed Government Support for U.S. Shipbuilding [Marine News]

April 01, 2019

Jeff Vogel discusses the congressional hearings focused on the shipbuilding industry's role as a critical component of the U.S. national security industrial base.

A Time to Act Boldly: Maritime Challenges in the 116th Congress [Marine News]

February 12, 2019

Jeff Vogel authored a piece calling for the 116th Congress to recognize that the U.S.-flag fleet requires new mechanisms of support and that our domestic port infrastructure is a strategic national asset, requiring additional funding.

U.S. Supreme Court Takes Another Look at Maritime Punitive Damages [Alert]

December 18, 2018

David Loh discusses the Ninth Circuit’s decision in Dutra, how it contradicts the 2014 Fifth Circuit decision in McBride v. Estis Well Service LLC, and how the Supreme Court, by granting certiorari, will revisit the issue of maritime punitive damages and resolve the conflict between the Ninth and Fifth Circuit.

A Fleet in Peril – the Need for a US-Flag Cargo Strategy

November 27, 2018

Jeff Vogel, a member in the firm's Transportation and Trade Practice, authored "A Fleet in Peril – the Need for a US-Flag Cargo Strategy" for The Journal of Commerce.

10 Years Of Inaction On US-Flag Cargo Preference

October 11, 2018

Jeff Vogel, a member in the firm's Transportation & Trade Group, published "10 Years Of Inaction On US-Flag Cargo Preference" for Law360.

Considerations in Cases Involving Engine Damage Caused by Contaminated Bunkers [American Bar Association]

July 27, 2018

Christopher Raleigh, a member in the firm's Transportation & Trade Practice Group, authored, "Considerations in Cases Involving Engine Damage Caused by Contaminated Bunkers" for the American Bar Association Admiralty Litigation Committee.

Piercing Limitation of Liability in the Admiralty and Maritime Context

November 22, 2017

David Loh, a member of Cozen O'Connor's Transportation and Trade Group, published, "Piercing Limitation of Liability in the Admiralty and Maritime Context," with Ethan Price-Livingston for Best Lawyers.

In The News

Legal 500 Recognizes Six Cozen O'Connor Practice Areas and Nine Cozen O'Connor Attorneys in its 2019 Legal Guide

June 14, 2019

The Legal 500 United States named Cozen O’Connor’s Aviation, Construction, Immigration, Insurance, and Maritime practices and Cozen O'Connor attorneys Scott Bettridge, Raymond DeLuca, Geoffrey Ferrer, Bruce Ficken, David Heffernan, Jeffrey Lawrence, Robert Magovern, Anne Mickey, and Jeffrey Mullen to its 2019 Legal Guide.

13 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Recognized as Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

April 25, 2019

The 2019 Washington, D.C, edition of Super Lawyers Magazine, published by Thomson Reuters, has named 13 Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its list of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

57 Cozen O’Connor Lawyers, 16 Practices Earn Top Recognition in Chambers USA 2019 Guide

April 25, 2019

Chambers USA, the leading annual guide to the top lawyers and law firms in the USA, has ranked 57 Cozen O’Connor lawyers as leaders in their respective fields in the Guide’s 2019 edition.

Sailors' Supreme Court Win Buoys Hopes For Tort Victims

March 20, 2019

Chris Raleigh was quoted in Law360's article on the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hand a victory to sailors who claim they developed mesothelioma.

Diverting Army Corps' Funding 'Would Cause Immediate Cessation' of Important Projects

February 15, 2019

Jeff Vogel was quoted in the Wall Street Journal's piece on how President Trump declaring a national emergency to bolster the wall would potentially divert critical funding sources away from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Justices Focus Mostly On Tort Issues In Sailors' Asbestos Suit

October 10, 2018

Christopher Raleigh, a member in the firm's Transportation and Trade Practice, was quoted in Law360's article "Justices Focus Mostly On Tort Issues In Sailors' Asbestos Suit."

Maritime Industry Challenges To Watch: Part 1

September 12, 2018

Robert Freeman, a government relations principal at the firm, was quoted in Law360's feature story, "Maritime Industry Challenges To Watch: Part 1."

Seven Cozen O’Connor Lawyers Named 2019 “Lawyers of the Year” by Best Lawyers in America

August 31, 2018

Cozen O’Connor is proud to announce that seven of the firm’s lawyers have been recognized as “Lawyers of the Year” in their respective practices by Best Lawyers in America, one of the oldest and most highly regarded peer review publications in the legal profession.

Three Practice Areas and Six Attorneys Recommended by The U.S. Edition of The Legal 500

June 15, 2018

The U.S. edition of The Legal 500 recognized Cozen O’Connor’s Aviation, Construction, and Shipping practices as well as attorneys Geoffrey Ferrer, Bruce Ficken, David Heffernan, Jeffrey Lawrence, Robert Magovern, and Anne Mickey.

Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers Recognizes 15 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys

May 15, 2018

Fourteen Cozen O’Connor attorneys have been named 2018 Super Lawyers or Rising Stars by Super Lawyers Magazine Washington, D.C. edition, published by Thomson Reuters.

2018 U.S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" Ranks Cozen O’Connor

February 01, 2018

In the 2018 U.S. News - Best Lawyers® "Best Law Firms, Cozen O’Connor is ranked nationally in 17 practice areas and regionally in 64 practice areas.

Dems' $1T Infrastructure Plan Tees Up Fights Over Funding [Law360]

January 26, 2017

Robert Freeman, of Cozen O'Connor Public Strategies, is quoted in the Law360 article titled, "Dems' $1T Infrastructure Plan Tees Up Fights Over Funding.

Cozen O’Connor Named 2017 U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Law Firm of the Year” in Admiralty & Maritime Law

December 12, 2016

Cozen O'Connor was recognized as the 2017 U.S. News – Best Lawyers "Law Firm of the Year” for outstanding work in Admiralty & Maritime Law. Cozen O’Connor is one of only five firms to have been honored with this prestigious recognition in this area of practice since the inception of “Best Law Firms” in 2010.