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Maritime and Multimodal Transportation

Doing business in the maritime industry requires the ability to think and respond quickly and effectively. RMKB’s Maritime and Multimodal Transportation Group represents clients in all facets of maritime and admiralty litigation and transactional matters. Drawing on their deep engagement with the industry, our attorneys craft smart, comprehensive solutions and help clients navigate complex legal challenges.

The firm’s attorneys represent a diverse cross-section of the industry, including ship owners and operators, terminal operators, ferry owners, cruise lines, ship yards, port authorities, charterers, cargo interests and marine underwriters, among others. With a focus on multimodal matters, our lawyers are also experienced in representing “inland” transport clients, such as trucking companies. Our attorneys understand that the issues important to our clients in the maritime and shipping industries today no longer stop at the water’s edge.  

Our maritime and multimodal lawyers provide robust litigation, arbitration and appeals defense counsel in a diverse array of matters, including ocean and inland marine disputes; insurance and indemnity claims; claims relating to vessel collisions and passenger vessel issues; wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits; claims for lost, delayed or damaged cargo; and commercial disputes.

The firm’s attorneys provide comprehensive transactional counsel to their clients, leveraging their immersion in the maritime and shipping industries to negotiate, draft and structure deals that advance and protect their clients’ long-term business interests. Among the transactional services offered by the firm are assistance with mergers & acquisitions; financing vessels and other maritime assets; structuring joint ventures; and other types of complex international agreements and domestic contracts.

The global nature of the maritime industry means that our clients frequently have legal needs arise unexpectedly in distant locations. RMKB’s national and international presence, including attorneys in close proximity to the critical ports of Oakland and Long Beach, Calif. and the New York-area terminals, provides an ideal platform from which our legal team can jump into action quickly in response to unanticipated events. The Maritime and Multimodal Transportation Group offers rapid-response capabilities and a team of lawyers that are experienced in the investigation of accidents involving marine ocean terminals, ships and trucks. It also provides emergency legal assistance for foreign vessels and other clients at ports throughout the United States.