Admiralty and Maritime Litigation

Situated in the port city of New Orleans, Porteous, Hainkel & Johnson, has the unique quality of combining strategic location and exceptional experience when handling Admiralty and Maritime matters.  Our firm is comprised of attorneys experienced in litigating complex maritime and offshore commercial disputes, collisions, marine insurance coverage issues, products liability claims, personal injury and wrongful death.
Our knowledge and experience allows us to represent vessel owners and their insurers in an array of disputes that can occur in the ocean transport industry.

Porteous, Hainkel & Johnson attorneys regularly represent owners, operators, and charterers of freighters, tankers, tugs, barges, supply boats, offshore drilling rigs/vessels, offshore platforms and vessels engaged in oceanographic/seismic research, and other oil field services.

Our maritime practice involves complex litigation, insurance defense and commercial transactions. Typical areas of practice include:

  • Maritime insurance coverage – evaluation and litigation
  • Defense of personal injury and wrongful death claims brought by or on behalf of seamen, longshoremen, and passengers
  • Collisions, groundings and sinkings
  • Cargo loss/damage claims
  • Fires in the holds of ships
  • Dock damage allegedly caused by operational errors
  • Vessel charter disputes
  • Disputes over the rights to salvage sunken treasure
  • Maritime commercial transactions
  • Limitation of liability
  • Oil spills, water and air pollution
  • Maritime contract disputes and negotiations
  • Vessel arrest and attachment
  • Maritime subrogation
  • Tugs and towage

Our attorneys have extensive experience in handling maritime casualties and our expertise in the investigation and handling of such incidents allows our firm to effectively evaluate and prosecute or defend these claims. We also have experience in arresting vessels and attaching marine assets to protect our clients’ claims and interests. Porteous, Hainkel & Johnson’s attorneys are knowledgeable in litigating cases involving admiralty and general maritime law in both state and federal courts, as well as in alternative dispute resolution settings.

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