Firm History

Kaye, Rose & Partners, LLP was established in 1991 after its founding partners, Larry Kaye and Bradley Rose left a preeminent international law firm to open a boutique firm specializing in maritime law. Representing a handful of cruise lines, commercial shipping companies and their insurers, the firm quickly grew, staffing offices in each of California’s major port cities, Los Angeles/Long Beach, San Francisco/Oakland, and San Diego. Nearly 30 years later, during which the firm was named as one of the Top 25 Boutique law firms in California, Kaye, Rose & Partners has diversified beyond its traditional maritime practice to provide an array of legal services to businesses worldwide in the areas of corporate transactions and litigation, business affairs consulting, inland transportation, government agency regulation and traditional and new media entertainment.

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The firm serves as General Counsel to Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), the world’s largest cruise industry trade association representing cruise lines world-wide.  Members of the firm are routinely called upon to provide testimony and submit proposed legislation to state and federal legislative and regulatory bodies, and act on behalf of shipowners’ interests before the International Maritime Organization and International Labor Organization.  The firm’s regulatory practice also includes handling customs and trade issues, United States Coast Guard appeals, air and water pollution violations, regulations, and litigation.

The firm’s U.S. West Coast presence has generated a diverse business clientele focused on the importation of goods, carriage of passengers, and those companies providing products and services in support of California’s vibrant international economy.  The firm handles litigation and regulatory matters relating to customs and freight brokers, logistics, trucking and warehouse companies, and array of businesses providing public and private maritime transportation and sporting activities.

With decades of experience in the travel and tourism industry, the firm continues to expand its  hospitality, tourism, and entertainment practice.  We routinely represent travel agencies, land-based tour operators, river boat operators, specialty cruise lines, film and television production companies, music producers, and digital-media companies. The firm has also been featured in industry publications for its commitment to the representation of entertainment companies large and small doing business in California and at sea.  

Firm Philosophy

The mission that inspired our success has never changed:  Work closely with our clients to efficiently deliver the highest quality legal services with the best possible results.  Breaking from the traditional law firm structure of employing inexperienced attorneys to handle client matters under multi-tier partner supervision, Kaye, Rose hires tenured attorneys with extensive experience in the legal matters required by the firm’s clients.  Each of our attorneys is an integral member of the Kaye, Rose team.  We avoid competition between our attorneys for clients or billable hours by rewarding all those who help serve the client’s needs.  This means a client calling one office can be easily networked with an attorney in another office to take advantage of a particular expertise or insight. The firm functions as a collaborative partner with each of its clients to meet all needs and expectations.

We pride ourselves in delivering timely, effective, and business oriented solutions to complex legal and business issues.