Admiralty and Maritime Law

Attorneys at Frost Brown Todd have wide experience in the field of maritime law, with a heavy focus on brown-water operations.  We represent vessel owners, barge lines, fleeters, shippers, and parties involved in cargo transportation, primarily on the inland waterways of the Mississippi and Ohio River Valleys. We have experience dealing with collision claims, personal injury (General Maritime, Jones Act and Longshore), shipping contracts, and fleeting claims. 

We also have represented maritime interests before government agencies on issues involving pollution/contamination issues, Army Corps of Engineers’ permitting (including both fleeting and mooring permits), as well as Section 10 permits (construction in a navigable waterway).

Our firm's maritime practice has evolved from maritime defense of Jones Act claims, to issues relating to cargo and transshipments, vessel owner maritime assistance, maritime tort litigation, commercial litigation, permitting issues, and insurance coverage matters. 

Our lawyers are active in several maritime organizations, including the Maritime Law Association of the United States, the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, the Propeller Club, and the United States Naval Institute.  The Practice Group’s Leader, Gene Price, also currently serves as a Captain in the United States Navy Reserve, having served on active duty aboard USS Saratoga and USS LaSalle.

The following types of matters handled by the Admiralty & Maritime Client Service Group:

  • Collisions
  • Jones Act personal injury/Maintenance and Cure
  • Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Claims
  • Cargo loss or damage claims
  • Vessel Charters
  • Products Liability
  • Pollution Liability
  • Marine Insurance
  • Wrongful death
  • Claims arising out of vessel collisions and allisions
  • Coast Guard hearings and inquiries, as well as investigations by other government agencies

At Frost Brown Todd LLC, clients receive the personal attention of one of our partners with a proven record of successfully resolving cases through mediation or trial. Our focus on success at reasonable expense saves time and money, while protecting clients' interests in high-stakes negotiations and litigation.  Our attorneys are admitted to practice law in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Illinois,  and other states on a Pro Hac Vice basis.