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Julius H. Hines

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Julius “Sam” Hines practices in admiralty and maritime law as well as other areas of commercial and business law. Having worked as an admiralty lawyer in the port of Charleston, South Carolina, for nearly two decades, he is well positioned to assist shipping clients with all manner of maritime emergencies, such as oil and hazardous materials spills, vessel collisions and groundings, cargo damage, towing incidents, and injuries to employees and other personnel. In the course of his career, Mr. Hines has boarded hundreds of ships, tugs, barges, and other craft to investigate marine incidents. He carries a “TWIC” card and is ready to provide on-scene casualty assistance around the clock, both in Charleston and in other ports, especially those many ports in the U.S. and abroad where the firm has a presence.

Mr. Hines also handles a variety of marine-related litigation and arbitration matters, including charter party disputes, vessel seizures, limitation of liability proceedings, maritime liens, cargo damage claims, salvage claims, marine insurance disputes, ship construction and repair disputes, and death or injury claims. Hines is himself an avid boater, so his practice extends to recreational boating matters including contracts to build or sell yachts and other recreational vessels, vessel documentation and registration, warranty disputes, product liability claims and operator negligence claims.

In the transactional arena, Mr. Hines represents lenders, vessel owners, and other interested parties with respect to maritime transactions, including vessel sales, mortgages, and charters. As with his litigation practice, Mr. Hines’ transactional interest extends both to commercial and recreational vessels.

Beyond maritime work, Mr. Hines has a broad trial and appellate litigation practice. Many of his cases are tied to domestic or international trade and have involved sales and other contracts, Incoterms, letters of credit, customs, trucking, and warehousing. As a litigator and advisor with strong shipping and trade-related interests, Hines is a local point of contact for the firm’s global international trade practice.

In addition to ship construction and repair, Hines handles other matters involving engineering and construction, such as commercial and industrial construction disputes.

Mr. Hines serves as an adjunct professor at the Charleston School of Law, where he teaches maritime and international trade law. In August of 2017, Mr. Hines traveled as a Fulbright Specialist to the University of KwaZulu Natal in Durban, South Africa, where he lectured on maritime law.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Hines practiced admiralty and maritime law in the Charleston office of a regional law firm.


  • Martindale Hubbell, AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2016 Lawyer of the Year, Admiralty & Maritime Law - Charleston
  • Best Lawyers in America, Admiralty & Maritime Law 2012 - 2019
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers in Nationwide Transportation; Shipping/Maritime; Litigation; 2016

Professional/Civic Activities

  • South Carolina District Export Council, 2016-2019.
  • World Affairs Council Columbia, 2018
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States; Proctor in Admiralty, 2008.
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, Chairman 2015; Vice Chairman 2014; Secretary 2013; Treasurer 2012; Editorial Board member, 2008-2011; Planning Committee Member, 2002-2005; Port Director, Charleston, South Carolina, 1997-1998.
  • Maritime Association of South Carolina (Board member 2012-2016).
  • World Trade Center Charleston (Steering Committee 2014-).
  • Propeller Club of the United States: Board of Directors, 2000-2006.
  • Board Member, The Charleston Port & Seafarers Society.
  • Board Chairman, Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina, Inc., 1999-2000.

Speaking Engagements

  • “Changing the Economics of Salvage: Vessel Response Plan Requirements in the United States,” annual conference of the Maritime Law Association of South Africa, September 2, 2017.
  • “Commercial and Shipping Law,” College of Charleston Business School, November 6, 2015.
  • “Export Letters of Credit and Documentary Collections,” sponsored by the Customs Brokers & Freight Forwarders Association of Charleston, SC, June 23, 2015.
  • "The Whole Nine Yards: Legal Considerations for Recreational Boat Sales, Warranty Issues, and Repairs," National Marine Manufacturers Association Webinar, October 29,  2014.
  • “Liability Regimes Governing Intermodal Transportation,” College of Charleston Global Logistics and Transportation Program, March 17, 2014.
  • “Maritime/Non-Maritime Law on Boat Sales, Warranties & Disclaimer Requirements,” South Carolina Maritime Association Educational Program, December 10, 2013.
  • Cargo Damage Liability and the Rotterdam Rules,” South Carolina International Trade Conference, September 2013.
  • Author and Speaker, “Punitive Damages in Maritime Cases: Cleaning up after Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker” Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute’s Annual Seminar, New Orleans, LA, June 24-25, 2009.
  • Author and Speaker, “A Review of Admiralty, UCC and Magnuson-Moss Law Relating to Recreational Boat Sales, Warranty Issues and Repairs,” Second Annual Admiralty and Maritime Law Seminar, Charleston, SC, February 23, 2007.
  • Author and Speaker, "Recent Maritime Law Developments in the Fourth Circuit and Elsewhere," Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute Annual Seminar, New Orleans, Louisiana, June 25, 1999.
  • Author and Speaker, "Insurance Coverage Law in South Carolina," National Business Institute, Charleston, South Carolina, March 11, 1998.
  • Author and Speaker, "Third Party Coverage in South Carolina," National Business Institute, Charleston, South Carolina, April 30, 1997.
  • Author and Speaker, "Automobile Litigation and Insurance Law," Lorman Education Services, Charleston, South Carolina, June 20, 1996.
Mr. Hines served as trial or appellate counsel in the following reported matters:
  • SCL BASILISK AG v. Agribusiness United Savannah Logistics LLC, 875 F.3d 609 (11th Cir. 2017)
  • Broyhill v. Resolution Management Consultants, Inc., 736 S.E.2d 867 (S.C. App. 2012)
  • All Saints Parish Waccamaw v. The Protestant Episcopal Church in Diocese of South Carolina, 685 S.E.2d 163, 385 S.C. 428 (S.C. 2009)
  • Evergreen International S.A. v. Norfolk Dredging Co., 531 F.3d 302 (4th Cir. 2008)
  • Lapp v. Maersk Lines Limited, 2008 AMC 2836 (D.S.C. 2008)
  • Bominflot, Inc. v. M/V HENRICH S, 465 F.3d 144 (4th Cir. 2006)
  • All Saints Parish, Waccamaw v. Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of South Carolina, 595 S.E.2d 253, 358 S.C. 209 (S.C.App. 2004)
  • Hawkins v. Bruno Yacht Sales, Inc., 577 S.E.2d 202, 353 S.C. 31 (S.C. 2003)
  • County of Charleston v. Sleepy Hollow Youth, Inc., 530 S.E.2d 636, 340 S.C. 174 (Ct. App. 2000) In re Ryan Inv. Co., Inc., 517 S.E.2d 692, 335 S.C. 392 (1999)