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.
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