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With over 2,000 lawyers in offices across five continents, K&L Gates is among the few large global law firms with a far-reaching maritime practice. We bring our deep knowledge of the industry, cross-practice capabilities, and international presence to all aspects of the maritime industry.

K&L Gates offers the U.S. and international maritime industry comprehensive legal, transactional, legislative, and regulatory capabilities. Our combined knowledge and experience are valuable assets for any business or association in the maritime industry. Our global presence allows us to offer our services wherever our clients’ needs may arise. The breadth of our experience is reflected in the geographic span of our work and in our understanding of the maritime industry as a business. We help our clients manage risk and achieve their goals.

Our maritime practice dates back more than four decades. Today, the group represents all major sectors of the maritime industry—vessel owners, operators, managers, underwriters, shippers, terminal operators, liquid and dry bulk, liquefied natural gas, container, roll-on/roll-off, passenger and/or cruise, and specialized vessels, such as offshore drilling units, power-generating barges, tugs, mobile offshore drilling units, offshore supply vessels, dredging, dive support, pipe and cable laying, fishing, and recreational boats. Our maritime clients include vessel owners and operators, underwriters, ports, marinas, energy companies, shore facilities, shipyards, investment and financing entities, industry groups and associations, as well as shippers, commodities traders, and others with maritime-related needs.

Through our work for clients, we are actively involved in all aspects of maritime-related matters, including traditional maritime issues such as collisions, groundings, charter party disputes, cargo damage, hull and machinery, product liability, and personal injury, as well as commercial litigation; criminal defense; environmental compliance; ship sale and purchase; shipbuilding, repair, conversion, and construction matters; and U.S. legislation and rulemaking. Our maritime group is especially skilled at handling complex international maritime arbitrations, mediations, adjudications, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. We also regularly represent clients before congressional committees, the Maritime Administration (MARAD), the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), the Coast Guard (USCG), the Department of Defense (DOD), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and other executive branch agencies in the United States and abroad.

Our lawyers are also well-recognized as leaders in the field of maritime environmental issues, including defending ship owners, operators, managers, charterers, and crewmembers in matters involving civil fines and penalties and/or criminal prosecution of environmental regulations, such as International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL), Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (APPS), Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA), and the Clean Water Act (CWA). Our lawyers have been involved in most major oil spills in the United States over the last 25 years, and are practiced in dealing with governmental authorities, clean-up efforts and issues, third-party claims arising out of spills, civil and criminal defense of clients, federal and state trustees, National Resource Damage Assessments and resolution of claims, and the filing and successful handling of claims with the Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund.

Our attorneys also advise regarding vessel construction contracts, credit agreements, secured vessel financing, project financing, leveraged lease transactions, international structured financial transactions, and public financing of maritime projects. We have represented clients in complex cross-border disputes relating to pooling, competition, and consortium issues, including regulatory control by port states, class, flag states, distressed shipping debt funds, and ownership and management structures.

Additionally, the scope of our services and capabilities enables the maritime group to seamlessly assist clients with most, if not all, of their legal service needs, such as insurance coverage issues, labor and employment matters, real estate transactions, construction law, and international transactions of every form. K&L Gates’ maritime practice takes a variety of forms to suit the requirements and goals of our global clients. Our cross-practice work involves all issues faced by maritime interests, including:

Areas of Practice

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Partner
P +1.704.331.7434
Partner
P +55.(0)1137045707
Partner
P +1.973.848.4027
Associate
P +1.704.331.7510
Practice Area Leader - Energy, Infrastructure and Resources
P +1.206.370.7830
Counsel
P +33.(0)1.58.44.15.31
Partner
P +65.6507.8125
Partner
P +65.6507.8113
Associate
P +1.305.539.3327
Managing Partner, Portland Office
P +1.503.226.5765
Government Affairs Counselor
P +1.202.661.6220
Partner
P +55.(0)1137045706
Partner
P +1.843.579.5670
Managing Partner, Paris Office
Government Affairs Counselor
P +1.202.778.9322
Partner
P +61.7.3233.1236
Special Counsel
P +61.2.9513.2346
Partner
P +1.415.882.8016
Partner
P +44.(0)20.7360.8190
Partner
P +1.212.536.4089
Senior Associate
P +44.(0)20.7360.8165
Associate
P +1.713.815.7365
Associate
P +1.713.815.7327
Staff Lawyer
P +1.843.579.5641
Associate
P +44.(0)020.7360.6549
Partner
P +61.7.3233.1248
Partner
P +1.202.778.9338
Associate
P +1.206.370.7850
Partner
P +1.206.370.7664
Managing Partner, Raleigh Office
P +1.919.743.7306
Partner
P +1.843.579.5619
Partner
P +44.(0)20.7360.8211
Partner
P +1.617.261.3179
Partner
P +1.212.536.4021
Partner
P +61.2.9513.2445
Partner
P +44.(0)20.7360.8106
Partner
P +1.202.661.6271
Partner
P +1.206.370.6587
Associate
P +1.312.807.4329
Partner
P +61.2.9513.2564
Government Affairs Counselor
P +1.202.778.9320
Partner
P +1.503.226.5710
Partner
P +44.(0)20.7360.8199
Managing Partner, Houston Office
P +1.713.815.7353
Partner
P +1.202.661.6222
Partner
P +1.212.536.4085
Partner and Chair of Women in the Profession Committee
P +1.214.939.5512
Counsel
P +1.202.778.9465
Partner
P +1.305.539.3316
Partner
P +61.7.3233.1249
Counsel
P +1.617.951.9108
Of Counsel
P +1.312.807.4359
Of Counsel
P +1.202.661.3815
Partner
P +1.202.661.6262
Partner
P +1.202.661.6231
Partner
P +1.415.249.1028
Government Affairs Counselor
P +1.202.778.9374
Practice Area Leader - Policy / Regulatory
P +1.202.661.3764
Associate
P +1.206.370.7659
Partner
P +81.3.6205.3606
Practice Area Leader - Energy, Infrastructure and Resources
P +1.202.778.9085
Partner
P +61.2.9513.2528
Associate
P +1.212.536.4850
Partner
P +1.412.355.8617
Partner
P +65.6507.8105
Of Counsel
P +1.412.355.6478
Partner
P +1.503.226.5727
Partner
P +55.(0)1137045702
Partner
P +1.214.939.5427
Partner
P +1.919.743.7311
Partner
P +65.6507.8117
Managing Partner, Harrisburg Office
P +1.717.231.4509
Associate
P +1.305.539.3344
Associate
P +1.503.226.5787
Counsel
P +81.3.6205.3605
Partner
P +1.713.815.7348
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Traditional Admiralty Matters
Enforced ocean carrier’s forum selection clause requiring disputes to be brought in France.
Enforced equipment owner’s rights under chassis/container pooling agreement.
Obtained release of yacht arrested for repair claim.
Represented vessel manufacturer in product defect claim.
Represented vessel owner in claim for damage to hot rolled steel cargo shipped from U.S. to Spain.
Advised a Middle East client regarding claims relating to a premature cancellation of a charter party for a new building contract in China. 
Represented a German bank in a mortgage enforcement action relating to a Turkish fleet of vessels that required coordinating litigation against the owners in the United States, Turkey, Sweden, South Africa, Singapore, Hong Kong, and China.
Represented vessel owner in a cargo damage action which involved the preparation of a successful motion to stay pending arbitration.
Transactions, Taxation, Financing, Restructuring, and Bankruptcy
Represented a major international carrier in a cross-border insolvency proceeding including competing priorities of in personam and in rem claims.
Negotiated terms and advised clients in connection with acquisitions and divestitures of major shipping companies..