Shoreside and Commercial Practice Areas:
Tort Claims and Litigation:
A significant portion of our practice is devoted to the defense of businesses of all types in cases involving personal injury and death, property loss and economic damages. We represent our clients against claims brought by other businesses and by individuals, and in related indemnity actions before state and federal courts and arbitrators. The firm has been at the forefront of legislative and judicial tort reform, resisting unwarranted application of state and federal jurisdiction in cases involving foreign litigants and transactions.
Our experience includes involvement in landmark cases in state and federal appellate courts and the U.S. Supreme Court, both as counsel of record and amicus curiae for our clients' industries. We have regularly represented owners, employers, concessionaires, operators, and countless businesses in cases involving aviation, manufacturing and product liability claims, scuba diving, marine, recreational and industrial accidents, commercial sportfishing, purse seining and marine and shoreside explosions and equipment malfunctions. We have also defended against medical malpractice suits arising from shoreside and shipboard treatment, referral and evacuations.
The firm has considerable experience defending wrongful death, personal injury and property damage claims relating to various contaminants, including asbestos, mold, chlorinated solvents, petroleum hydrocarbons, metals and waste streams from plating and other manufacturing facilities.