Lawrence W. Kaye

Senior Partner and Co-Founder

"Larry" Kaye is the firm’s Senior Partner and co-founder. He works extensively in the Los Angeles and San Diego Offices and frequently handles or supervises matters in other cities and states.


  • Established Kaye, Rose & Partners in 1992.
  • Partner/Maritime Department Chair, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, 1990-1992.
  • Partner and Associate, Lillick & McHose, 1981-1990.
  • Judicial Law Clerk, Hon. Howard B. Turrentine, Former Chief Judge U.S. District Court, Southern District of California, 1979-80.
  • Admitted to California Bar, 1979.


Mr. Kaye has more than three decades of wide ranging litigation, legislative, regulatory and transactional expertise.  He is an international and domestic maritime specialist with substantial trial, appellate and mediation experience, having started his career as a litigator. He has defended shipowners in mass casualties and class actions, ship repair and construction disputes, and against labor, medical malpractice, discrimination, sexual assault, injury and wrongful death claims, and all types of contract and consumer litigation. He interacts with general counsels and other senior management of major shipping lines and related companies, routinely providing advice on complex statutory and regulatory regimes. These have included federal and state laws governing security, safety, the environment, civil rights and discrimination, employment, gambling and licensing; and international conventions on all aspects of maritime commerce.

Mr. Kaye has developed special expertise in the cruise line, marine underwriting and commercial fishing industries. He was a delegate and industry spokesman at the 2002 Diplomatic Conference of the International Maritime Organization, and helped draft key provisions of the Athens Convention relating to the Carriage of Passengers and their Luggage by Sea. In 2013 he authored the International Cruise Passenger Bill of Rights adopted by cruise lines trading in the Americas, the U.K, Europe, Asia and Australasia.  He serves as General Counsel to the Cruise Lines International Association in Washington D.C., the world’s largest cruise trade association, and oversees the legal affairs of its regional offices in 13 countries. He often addresses marine industry and legal groups  on a variety of shipping related topics, and is a frequent spokesman in national media outlets.

Media Appearances

Mr. Kaye has been quoted in:

  • The New York Times
  • USA Today
  • The Los Angeles Times
  • The Miami Herald
  • The San Francisco Chronicle
  • The San Diego Union-Tribune
  • International Cruise and Ferry
  • Seatrade Magazine

He has appeared on: 

  • ABC Evening News
  • 20/20
  • NBC Nightly News
  • CBS This Morning
  • Inside Edition
  • Hard Copy
  • MSNBC Crossfire
  • The Abrams Report
  • Fox News Line Up

Legislative Initiatives

Mr. Kaye has drafted legislation concerning maritime issues that have been passed, including two tort reform bills and The Cruise Ship Revitalization Act adopted by Congress, and shipboard gaming measures by the California legislature. He has often testified before U.S. Senate and House and California Senate and Assembly Committees studying revisions to various shipping-related statutes. He routinely drafts position papers for circulation among lawmakers on Capitol Hill, in various states, and to international bodies on behalf of industry trade groups, ports and others concerning the effect of proposed federal, state and international laws.

Professional Affiliations

  • Chairman, Executive Partner Council, Cruise Lines International Association, 2007-2012
  • Chairman, Associate Member Council, International Council of Cruise Lines, 1996-2007
  • Member, CLIA and ICCL Board of Directors, 1996-2012
  • Member, Maritime Law Association of the United States and Cruise and Passenger Ship Committee, 1981-2013
  • Chairman, Cruise Industry Advisory Committee, Port of San Diego, 1990-2002
  • Member, Trade Development Committee, Port of San Diego, 1994-2001
  • Judge Pro Tem, California Municipal Courts, 1993-1997
  • Speaker, Admiralty Law Institute, Tulane Law School.
  • Speaker, Seatrade Cruise Shipping Conference
  • Speaker, World Tourism Summit
  • Speaker, CLIA and ICCL Leadership Forum
  • Speaker, U.K. P&I Club Cruise Operators Conference
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, San Diego County Bar Association


Government Regulation of Cruise Ships, 10 Benedict on Admiralty, Chapter 2 (7th ed. 2013)

The Long Reach of U.S. Law Over Crimes Occurring on the High Seas, 20 U.S.F. Mar. L.J. 199 (2007-2008)

A Ripple on the Waters That May Turn the Tide in Favor of Arbitrating Passenger Claims, 17 U.S.F. Mar. L.J. 287 (2005)

Twas the Night Before Regulations: Foreign-Flagged Cruise Ships and the ADA, 75 Tulane Law Review 1571 (2001)

The Innocent Passage of Warships in Foreign Territorial Waters: A Threatened Freedom, 15 San Diego L. Rev. 573 (1978)

Published Cases

Ponsi v. Magical Cruise Co., Ltd., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 41150 (N.D. Ca. 2006).
Spector v. Norwegian Cruise Line Ltd., 545 U.S. 119 (2005) (amicus counsel of record).

Schlessinger v. Holland America, N.V., 120 Cal.App.4th 552 (2nd App. Dist. 2004).

Schlessinger v. Holland America, N.V., 2003 A.M.C. 892 (Cal. Sup. Ct. 2003).
Wallis v. Princess Cruises, Inc., 306 F.3d 827 (9th Cir. 2002).

Garofalo v. Princess Cruises, Inc., (2001) 85 Cal. App. 4th 1060; 102 Cal Rptr. 2nd 754; 2001 A.M.C. 623.

California Home Brands, Inc. v. Danny Ferreira, 871 F.2d 830 (9th Cir. 1989), 1989 A.M.C. 2099.

Access Now, Inc. v. Holland America Line-Westours Inc., 147 F. Supp. 2d 1311 (S.D. Fla. 2001).

Access Now, Inc. v. Holland America Line-Westours, Inc., 147 F. Supp.2d 1309 (S.D. Fla. 2001).

Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co., Inc. v. The Vessel DRIVE OCEAN V, 123 F. Supp. 2d 1201 (S.D. Cal. 2000), 2000 A.M.C. 1958.

Tady v. Holland America Line-Westours, Inc., 1998 A.M.C. 2922 (Cal. App. 4th 1997).

Osborn v. Princess Tours, Inc., 1996 A.M.C. 1481 (C.D. Cal. 1996).

Santos v. Royal Cruise Lines, 1996 A.M.C. 773 (Cal. Super. Ct. 1995).

Berman v. Royal Cruise Line, 1995 A.M.C. 1926 (Cal. Sup. Ct. 1995).

Meyer v. Carnival Cruise Lines, Inc., 1995 A.M.C. 1652 (N.D. Cal. 1994).

Saroza v. Royal Caribbean Corp., et al., 1992 A.M.C. 428 (C.D. CA 1991); aff'd 996 F.2d 1227 (9th Cir. 1993).

Hayman v. Sitmar Cruises, Inc., (1993) 14 Cal. App. 4th 1499; 18 Cal. Rptr. 2d 412.

Vander Lind v. Superior Court, (1983) 146 Cal. App. 3d 358; 194 Cal. Rptr. 209.


University of Hartford (B.A., summa cum laude, 1976)

University of San Diego School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1978)


  • "AV" Preeminent peer review rating (Martindale-Hubbell )
  • Top Lawyers in California (The Legal Network) 
  • San Diego Top Lawyers (San Diego Magazine)
  • Honorary Captain of the Port, San Diego Port Tenants Association
  • Law Review, University of San Diego School of Law 
  • American Jurisprudence Book Award - Conflicts of Law 8.
  • Copley Press Award.
  • Alpha Chi Honor Society


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California Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit

U.S. District Court - Southern, Central, Northern and Eastern Districts of California

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