Admiralty & Maritime

Duncan & Sevin’s admiralty and maritime attorneys represent extensive and varied marine interests throughout the Gulf South. The firm represents owners of lift boats; crew, supply and push boats; utility vessels, as well as underwriters, including domestic underwriters, Lloyd’s syndicates and P&I Clubs.

Our attorneys defend personal injury and wrongful death claims that arise from casualties and disasters and other claims. We have successfully managed claims involving the majority of lift boat casualties in the Gulf South in the past 15 years.

We understand the critical importance of immediately investigating an accident. Duncan & Sevin has an on-call system to allow 24-hour client access. As needed, we can obtain recorded statements and liaise with the United States Coast Guard and other regulatory agencies in the minutes and hours after an accident. We keep clients fully informed. The initial investigation report, with applicable diagrams and photographs, is sent within 24 hours. In our experience, a case is only as good as the initial investigation to protect and memorialize the evidence.

Duncan & Sevin attorneys are experienced in defending a variety of admiralty and maritime matters:

  • Personal injury and death claims
  • Lift boat casualties
  • Master service agreements, maritime contracts and charter parties
  • Marine insurance
  • Collisions
  • Administrative litigation
  • Cases before the United States Coast Guard, NTSB and the Department of Transportation, and in federal and state courts
  • Vessel seizures