Maritime Law

Our firm has a decades-long tradition of excellence in representing Maritime plaintiffs throughout the State of California. We bring cases under the Jones Act, the Death on the High Seas Act, the Longshore Act, the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, and in Admiralty pursuant to the General Maritime law.

We have been a leader both in the Trial Courts and Appellate Courts, and have handled cases considered by the California Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court.

Our clients include blue and brown water seamen, longshoremen, maritime law enforcement officers, cruise ship passengers, and maritime workers who are not explicitly covered by either the Jones Act or the Longshore Act.

The Jones Act

The Jones Act, under maritime law, protects any member of a crew of a vessel who suffers injury or illness due to their employer's negligence or the unseaworthiness of a vessel.

Unseaworthy Vessels

Unseaworthy vessels do not provide a safe and suitable environment to perform work. Examples include unkempt decks, insufficient manpower, toxic exposures, unsafe access, and broken equipment.

Longshore Work

Longshore work is dangerous. Moving cargo, defective cranes, motor vehicle accidents, unsafe vessels. Our firm handles third party cases against vessels and other companies operating in a port or harbor.


Peterson v. City of Long Beach – $5.6 Million
Lacy v. Manson Construction Co. – $2.2 Million