Navigational Rules Violations and Manslaughter

Often, the reach of admiralty law affects civil disputes. This includes cases that involve vessel collisions, seamen’s personal injury claims, and disputes relating to... More

Death on the High Seas

The recent implosion of the OceanGate’s submersible Titan has drawn international attention to the safety of deep ocean exploration. The circumstances that led to... More

Dan Hoerner’s Latest WorkBoat Article: Stop-work Authority is a Win-win

Many view stop-work authority as an underused or hollow “feel good” practice that should rarely be implemented. But this proactive safety measure should be... More

Dan Hoerner’s Latest WorkBoat Article: Alternative Dispute Resolutions Can Save Time and Money

With the big backlogs in the courts, it can take from many months to several years for a case to go to trial. The... More

Maritime or State Law?

In general, federal maritime law supplements and overrides most state and other federal laws. The underlying goal is uniformity of the legal rights and... More

Dan Hoerner’s Latest Article in WorkBoat: Taking Remedial Measures

Lessons learned from an accident, injury or property damage loss, no matter how devastating, give you a chance to take steps to prevent similar... More

Dan Hoerner’s Latest Article in WorkBoat: States, U.S. Share Jurisdiction

U.S. admiralty law is unique in that it provides federal courts with exclusive jurisdiction over many maritime cases. This begs the question: Why are... More

The Louisiana Rule Sinks Limitation of Liability

A U.S. District Court in Florida recently dealt a fatal blow to a barge owner’s attempt to have its liability limited under the Shipowners... More

Dan Hoerner’s Latest Article in WorkBoat: Unseaworthiness

February 23, 2022 If you ask the average person on the street what a “seaworthy” vessel is, the person will probably say that a... More

Life Care Plans Driving Up Cost of Personal Injury Litigation

With increasing frequency, personal injury litigants are utilizing the services of doctors and pseudo medical experts to help define the value of their personal... More