Collision & Allision
Pierce Atwood’s maritime law attorneys represent vessel owners in collision cases, and in allision cases involving vessel contact with bridges and other fixed structures.
Our maritime lawyers have represented vessel owners, facility owners and claimants in a variety of oil spill cases. As marine oil spills can also of course originate on land, as for example in connection with marine terminal operations, the Maritime Group’s attorneys can draw on the extensive experience of the firm’s shore side environmental attorneys to offer clients comprehensive assistance in such situations. In addition, our environmental attorneys have addressed multiple Superfund sites in riverine and marine environments, and have many decades of experience on Clean Water Act and wetlands matters.
We have represented vessel owners and operators in connection with lawsuits brought by their maritime employees in state and federal court. We have litigated claims arising under the Jones Act and under the general maritime law for unseaworthiness and maintenance and cure.
Pierce Atwood's maritime attorneys have advised clients in connection with many complex vessel purchase and construction transactions that depend on perfection of preferred ships mortgages. Our team also is experienced in litigation matters arising out of foreclosures on ship mortgages and vessel repossessions.
Vessel Purchase & Charter
Transactions involving vessel purchases and charters - whether boats, yachts, or ships - are unique. These transactions raise many issues regarding title, taxes, documentation, ownership, and insurance that require expertise in maritime law.
As a full-service law firm with a specialty in maritime law, Pierce Atwood is well-suited to assist with all aspects of acquiring a vessel, from pre-purchase due diligence and contract negotiation through documentation. We assist clients with:
- Lien searches and due diligence regarding title
- Ownership structure advice
- Drafting and advising on purchase and sale agreements
- Assisting with obtaining and negotiating financing
- Analysis of possible tax liability in connection with acquisition
- Tax planning in connection with ownership and use
- Advice regarding appropriate insurance terms and coverage
- Documentation, flagging, and/or registration, whether foreign or domestic
Our Vessel Purchase and Charter Team serves clients throughout the world. The team includes maritime lawyer Mike Daly and tax lawyer Jon Block, and we typically offer a reasonable flat rate for this service. We partner with our clients to ensure that transactions are handled thoroughly, efficiently, and economically.
Whether you are purchasing a yacht that calls in Newport and sails worldwide, or a barge to operate locally or internationally, Pierce Atwood has the capability to ensure that the transaction is smooth sailing.