Admiralty & Maritime

Admiralty and Maritime Law | Stevens Baldo Freeman and Lighty LLP of TexasSB&L has extensive experience in all aspects of maritime law, representing vessel owners, underwriters, and shipping related entities. Our clients include several of the London based mutual protection and indemnity clubs. The firm also represents a number of brownwater vessel operators, drilling contractors, and other oil and gas related entities.

We handle a broad range of maritime issues, including Incident response, pollution incidents, charter party disputes, cargo claims, defense of P&I and vessel owners’ interests, hull and machinery underwriters, vessel arrests and attachments, maritime liens, collisions, salvage, personal injury defense, agents’, stevedores’, shipbroker and terminals’ defense, general average, financing, purchase and sale of vessels, regulatory matters, license suspension and revocation proceedings, maritime product liability, seaman illness claims maritime toxic tort and all aspects of marine insurance. The firm is designated counsel for Southeast Texas by the Occupational Disease Subcommittee of the International Group of P&I Clubs.

We recognize that the maritime industry does not conform to the traditional 9 to 5 business day, and we maintain an incident response component that quickly brings resources to a Incident. We have experience working with advocates, solicitors, and barristers in developing claims to be heard in foreign venues and we have working relationships with numerous New York and London firms.

We invite shipowners, terminal operators, and other related organizations to contact us regarding operational or other issues they may have when trading with our area. We have relationships with numerous surveyors, engineers, naval architects, shipyards, spill response contractors, and governmental agencies that vessel operators can draw upon to solve almost every shipping related problem they may face.