Key U.S. Maritime Law Issues Affecting International Companies

Key U.S. Maritime Law: OD10122

On Demand Webinar

Presented by: Jones Walker LLP (Member firm for Louisiana)

Registration Fee: Lex Mundi members / Non-members - No Charge.

Course Description:

The maritime industry today is more global than ever. Whether engaged in the transportation of cargo, subsea /pipeline construction projects or drilling operations, vessel owners and operators are often faced with an application of U.S. maritime law.

In this webinar, we will provide a brief overview of U.S. maritime law and discuss the current, top-of-mind issues that non-U.S. companies and their law firms should be cognizant of when doing business in the U.S.

Jones Walker, with one of the largest and most experienced maritime practice groups, has been recognized by Legal 500 as one of the top law firms in the U.S. in the areas of shipping regulation, shipping litigation, and shipping finance.

This webinar explores:

  • General overview of U.S. maritime law with a discussion of contracts and torts
  • Regulatory issues including Jones Act/foreign flag issues and discussion of operational, ownership, and manning regulations
  • U.S. maritime liens and attachments


R. Scott Jenkins – Partner and Leader, Maritime Practice Group / Jones Walker LLP

Scott Jenkins is a partner in and leader of the firm's Admiralty & Maritime Practice Group. His practice focuses on several areas within maritime law, including coastwise trade, security, citizenship, manning, and vessel documentation issues; contracts; service agreements; charter agreements; disputes arising from commercial, construction, insurance coverage, and indemnity issues; personal injury and casualty litigation; and general vessel and operational compliance advice. Mr. Jenkins regularly handles offshore and maritime-related regulatory matters, including those involving the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Jenkins also has assisted clients in meeting the requirements of the Maritime Labor Convention (“MLC”), including the drafting of employment contracts required by the MLC.

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Grady S. Hurley – Partner and Leader, Maritime Litigation Team

Grady Hurley has practiced primarily in the areas of maritime, oilfield, and energy litigation since 1979. His varied experience has included cargo, collision, allision, product liability, toxic tort, insurance, indemnity, death, personal injury, property damage, lease cancellation, right-of-way disputes, explosions, and multi-party complex and commercial litigation in state and federal courts. In his maritime practice, Mr. Hurley has engaged in both brown water, offshore, and blue water litigation, including briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court on Suits in Admiralty Act cases, indemnity, and amicus briefs to the Louisiana Supreme Court. Mr. Hurley is also a certified mediator focused on maritime, offshore industry, and energy disputes.

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William C. Baldwin – Partner and Leader, Maritime Transactional Team

Will Baldwin is a partner in the firm's Admiralty & Maritime Practice Group. Mr. Baldwin's practice focuses on maritime transactions and litigation. He regularly advises and represents clients on a wide range maritime law topics, including ship mortgages, marine financing, purchase and sale of marine assets, enforcement of ship mortgages, vessel seizures and attachments, maritime lien disputes, charterparty and master service agreement negotiation and drafting, contractual and indemnity disputes, arbitration, vessel construction and flagging, Jones Act compliance, collisions/allisions, property damage, pollution, piracy, mass tort claims, multi-district litigation, NTSB, USCG and onboard investigations, personal injury, stevedoring accidents, and cargo disputes.

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