Steidley & Neal’s admiralty and maritime attorneys advise clients on legal issues and disputes associated with the transportation of cargo and passengers by sea, inland towage, oil exploration and production, salvage and wreck removal operations in the United States and internationally. We are routinely instructed in connection with major maritime and offshore energy casualties, both in the United States and in foreign jurisdictions, and have been involved in some of the most significant maritime casualties and pollution incidents in recent history, including those arising from Deepwater Horizon/Macondo and Hurricane Katrina. Dispute resolution and litigation. Our attorneys advise on arbitration, litigation and mediation of contract and other commercial disputes, including claims arising from vessel arrests, attachments and foreclosures, collisions, salvage, towage, wreck removal, environmental and pollution matters, marine insurance and reinsurance disputes, personal injury and death claims, ship finance, vessel construction and repairs, and stevedore and terminal operations. Our attorneys appear before state and federal courts throughout the United States regarding such matters.
Regulatory compliance. Members of our team advise on regulatory matters affecting shipping and the offshore oil industry, including Jones Act cabotage issues. Our attorneys represent clients before governmental agencies such as the Federal Maritime Commission, Maritime Administration, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, National Transportation Safety Board, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.