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James Hurley

Jim represents domestic and international insurers, cargo carriers, major cruise lines, operators and charter companies, and marina and terminal owners and operators in negotiating and drafting various marine-related contracts essential to their business, including the purchase, construction and sale of vessels, financing and vessel registration, concessionaire contracts, contracts for charters, and storage contracts. Additionally, Jim regularly assists private clients with purchasing, financing, and registering multi-million dollar vessels for personal use.

Jim has significant experience trying maritime and admiralty cases in state and federal courts, and frequently represents clients in disputes including passenger and crew personal injury claims, first party coverage disputes, property damage claims, and commercial disputes. Jim also advises clients on regulatory compliances issues and defends civil, criminal, and administrative enforcement actions.

Jim is consistently recognized by esteemed legal publications Florida Super Lawyers, Florida Trend Legal Elite, and Best Lawyers in America, which recognized Jim as the “Miami Admiralty and Maritime Lawyer of the Year” in 2011 and 2015. Widely recognized for his professional expertise, Jim is a frequent author on various topics in domestic and international maritime law, and is called upon to share his experience at maritime seminars throughout the country.

Jim served on the Certification Committee of the Admiralty and Maritime Section of The Florida Bar and has assisted in drafting the certification exam. He is also a past Chair of the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, where he currently serves on its Advisory Committee.

Fowler White Burnett, P.A.:

Fowler White Burnett is a full-service law firm providing client-focused, proven legal strategies and business solutions to domestic and international clients across a wide spectrum of industries. Over 70 years ago, we built our firm on shared traditional values that remain at the core of our principles. As a firm, we evolved to meet the diverse needs of our clients and to keep in step with dynamic legal and business environments. Today, Fowler White Burnett distinguishes itself by its unique blend of traditional values and innovative thinking. We act as trusted partners with our clients and deliver intelligent, creative and effective counsel.

Core Strengths

Fowler White Burnett offers clients a talented roster of seasoned legal professionals who practice in numerous disciplines, including aviation, commercial litigation, bankruptcy and restructuring, maritime, health care, labor and employment, insurance defense, real estate and white collar crime. The collaboration between litigators and transactional attorneys across diverse practice areas stands out as one of our most important assets. Combining this approach with our knowledge of substantive areas of law, technical proficiency and first-hand industry experience, enables us to resolve the complex legal and regulatory issues facing our clients.


Unwavering commitment to our values and core strengths has garnered us positive recognition by industry publications and an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell. Fowler White Burnett is the only Florida law firm selected as a member of ALFA International, a global network of leading, independent law firms. We are also members and officers of numerous professional organizations. Our attorneys have earned the position of industry leaders and respected commentators to local and national media outlets.

Additionally, we are committed to Florida. We encourage our attorneys to devote time and resources to the community in which we live and work. They express genuine concern for local issues, and actively participate in civic and charitable organizations that shape our community and drive positive change. more >>

Erik Linnarsson

Erik specialises in M&A, international trade, and maritime and transport law. Erik has key expertise in transactions, logistics and financing in the transport industry. He has previously worked as corporate counsel in the shipping industry.

Erik is a member of the Swedish Ship Owners’ Association’s Judiciary Committee and active in the International Bar Association (IBA) where he as from 1 January 2015 is Senior Vice Chair of the Martime and Transport Law Committee.

Erik is ranked as a “Leading Individual” in shipping by Chambers Europe 2014 “Clients applaud Erik Linnarsson for his vast shipping expertise and commercial outlook. Impressed sources also commend him on his thorough business understanding.”

Erik is also mentioned in Legal 500 “The vastly experienced Erik Linnarsson heads the practice at Advokatfirman Lindahl KB, which is comparable with many international shipping firms.”

Transport Law Practice:

Shipping and transport are important industries in Sweden. The transport industry includes a number of types of transport which are governed by various rules, conventions and standard practice. Logistics questions are becoming increasingly important for the entire industry. Warehousing is becoming more expensive and “just in time” transport dominates. In order for the entire flow to function from factory to end user, logistics must be seamless. Many companies solve this by outsourcing, which is becoming increasingly common in the industry.

Lindahl has a strong offering within transport. The firm employs some of Sweden’s leading experts within shipping and transportation law. We advice on all matters regarding Swedish and international trade, shipping, logistics and insurance. Working closely with our experts in other legal fields, e.g. finance, M&A and procurement, we offer clients specialised legal advice on all matters potentially affecting the shipping industry.

Advokatfirman Lindahl:

Our clients often come from knowledge-based, innovative and high-technology industries. In addition to having the broad capacity of a large firm, we have cutting-edge competence in life sciences, IP, technology, media, telecom and litigation. We also have long and solid experience of banking and finance, capital markets, M&A and real estate.

Lindahl has extensive international experience and a well-developed global network of leading law firms. In Sweden, Lindahl has offices in Stockholm, Göteborg, Malmö, Uppsala, Örebro and Helsingborg.

Today, Lindahl has approximately 400 employees, of which two thirds are lawyers. During recent years, the firm has grown by approximately 30 employees and SEK 60 million in turnover annually. In 2013, our turnover was SEK 615 million. more >>

Chris Chatfield

Chris Chatfield specialises in Goods in Transit work (primarily road and ocean carriage), policy disputes, insurance litigation and the drafting of commercial contracts (such as distribution agreements and forwarders’ standard trading conditions). His goods in transit work includes both recoveries and liability work.

I joined Waltons & Morse in July 1999 having qualified as a solicitor in December 1997. I have a Masters Degree in International Commercial Law from the University of Nottingham and wrote my thesis on title to sue in respect of the carriage of goods by sea.

My practice consists of goods in transit claims (principally by road and sea, but also air and rail freight) and marine and liability insurance. I also specialise in warehouse claims defending and pursuing claims in relation to damage and loss to cargo arising from theft, floods, fires and other such causes.

My work regarding carriage of goods includes both claims and liability work involving both domestic and international carriage. .

I have represented stevedores and freight and port terminals in regard to claims by cargo interests, equipment claims and general liability issues.

I also advise and act on behalf of both insurers and insureds with regard to insurance policy issues. I specialise in cargo and freight liability policies. I have been responsible for drafting policies in this area for several of the leading insurers. I have advised a number of carriers, cargo interests and freight organisations on their liabilities arising from the importation of clandestine entrants.

Waltons & Morse LLP:

n about 1848 Charles Walton, the founder of the firm, opened a law office in the dock area close to the Tower of London to specialize in shipping and insurance law. These remain the core business activities of the firm, which is one of the leading specialist practices based in the City of London. A brief history of the firm is set out below.We have always been located at the centre of the London shipping and insurance markets and, since its earliest days, the firm’s clientele has included underwriters, shipowners and trading companies based abroad.

Contacts established over the years with foreign lawyers, surveyors and other experts, coupled with our modern communications facilities, enable us to deal with complex situations wherever they arise.

There is a wealth of experience amongst the partners and staff, and our aim is to provide prompt and practical advice and guidance. Our principal objective is to resolve problems efficiently and in the most effective manner in the client’s best interests.

More information concerning the nature of our practice and the people involved will be found within this web site. more >>