Admiralty and Maritime Law Attorneys in New Orleans

Few areas of the law match the history and tradition of admiralty and maritime law. With roots going back to the Roman Empire and Norman England, laws governing maritime commerce on navigable waters, shipping and related activities have been an established part of the American legal system since the founding days of our nation. It is the entire body of laws, rules, legal concepts and procedures that relate to the use of marine resources, ocean commerce and vessels in navigation.

At Koch & Schmidt, we can help you with your admiralty and maritime matter, whether it involves a claim for personal injury under the Jones Act or a general maritime claim for unseaworthiness or maintenance and cure. We are also skilled in vessel seizures, maritime liens, cargo damage or loss, collisions or other matters occurring on navigable waters. We have represented clients involved in maritime activities for more than three decades.

Our admiralty and maritime law clients include:

  • Commercial boat owners, charterers and operators
  • Recreational boat owners
  • Commercial diving companies
  • Subsea contractors
  • Cruise ship operators
  • Marine contractors
  • Oil and gas service companies
  • Commercial fishing boat owners and operators

In the area of legal transactions, we negotiate, review and draft contracts such as:

  • Master servant agreements
  • Boarding agreements
  • Ship building and repair contracts
  • Vessel purchase and sale agreements
  • Charter parties, including time, voyage and bareboat

Our firm has also earned a reputation for success in maritime litigation, including:

  • Jones Act, unseaworthiness and other general maritime claims
  • Death on the High Seas Act claims
  • Longshoreman and Harbor Workers Act claims
  • Diving accidents
  • Collisions and allusions
  • Vessel fires, sinkings and capsizings
  • Charter party disputes
  • Maritime liens
  • Boating accidents
  • Marine insurance
  • Cruise ship claims
  • U.S. Coast Guard investigations and licensing actions
  • Limitation of liability

In addition to six decades of experience, we have earned recognition within the legal community for our commitment to excellence, including admission to the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, a peer-review rating of AV Preeminent* by Martindale-Hubbell and selection for inclusion by our peers as a Super Lawyer in the area of maritime law.

Contact Koch & Schmidt

Based in New Orleans, our lawyers represent clients throughout southern Louisiana and the greater Gulf Region. Arrange a consultation with our attorneys by email or call 504-541-9026.

*AV Preeminent is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.