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Maritime Litigation

Recognized by Chambers USA as a top national maritime practice and by U.S. News & World Report - Best Lawyers® as a National, Tier 1 law firm for Admiralty & Maritime Law, the attorneys in Marshall Dennehey's Maritime Litigation Practice Group handle matters in all facets of admiralty and marine insurance law.  In serving the marine industry, these attorneys represent underwriters, cargo interests, ship owners, marine terminal operators, indirect carriers, ferry owners, tug and tow operators, cruise lines, surveyors, trucking companies, vessel manufacturers and dealerships and marine construction companies.
 
The Group routinely handles matters involving:

  • Marine and inland marine insurance
  • Product and warranty claims
  • Cargo recovery
  • Property subrogation
  • Insurance coverage
  • Reinsurance
  • Longshore & Harbor Workers
  • Jones Act
  • Transportation law
  • Warehouse liability
  • Ocean and inland marine cargo insurance
  • Personal watercraft liability
  • Marine construction
  • Hull and passenger vessel claims

 
The Maritime Litigation Practice Group offers immediate investigation of marine-related matters and accidents and provides decisive and comprehensive strategic advice. It is committed to developing long-lasting business relationships that enable the firm to provide the highest level of service to our maritime clients.
 
We welcome the opportunity to work with you in vigorously defending your maritime litigation. Consistent with our firm's proactive approach and philosophy, we also welcome the opportunity to present educational seminars and workshops as a mutually beneficial introduction to one another.
 
The Maritime Litigation Practice Group serves clients in communities throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Ohio, Florida and New York.

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Dec 6, 2016
Obtained summary judgment in a maritime case, dismissing the plaintiff’s complaint and the defendants’ cross-claims against The City of New York and the New York City Economic Development Corp. (NYCEDC). ​The suit was for personal...
Aug 25, 2016
Successfully defended the general contractor on a project to rehabilitate the Tappan Zee Bridge after a six-day bench trial in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Our client chartered a barge as a floating work platform...
Sep 21, 2015
Won a defense verdict in a maritime case following a two-week trial in New Jersey.  Our client, a stevedore company responsible for discharging cargo ships, had off-loaded telephone pole-sized pillars of solid steel, known as "blooms,...
Sep 29, 2014
Obtained dismissal on the eve of trial in a Florida maritime litigation case. The plaintiff, together with its affiliated company in Ecuador, arranged for the transport and shipment of $600,000 of computer equipment in two shipping containers from...
Jun 10, 2014
Obtained a dismissal from litigation on behalf of our client in a maritime/inland marine case.  The client, a subcontracted trucking company, was sued by a global fashion house for a lost shipment of product.  The pre-litigation claim...
Jun 10, 2014
Successfully represented an international carbon black feedstock oil trading company and its cargo insurer in a maritime case.  A vessel was chartered to our client for the carriage of carbon black feedstock oil from three ports in the United...
Oct 17, 2011
Attorneys obtained a Motion to Dismiss on jurisdictional grounds. Our client, a marine technology corporation. and its President were sued for wrongful deaths under a claimed maritime products liability theory.Plaintiffs' were killed during a high...
Mar 8, 2011
Attorneys recently defeated a motion for summary judgment in a maritime cargo case.  Our client insured forklifts and front-end loaders which were destined for intermodal transportation from Ohio to three locations in Australia.  Enroute to Long...
Mar 1, 2011
Attorneys obtained a favorable outcome in the Appellate Division wherein it handed down a decision in which it unanimously reversed a state Supreme Court ruling and vacated a stay of arbitration of disputes between a domestic based scrap metal...
Jan 23, 2008
Attorney obtained summary judgment on behalf of defendant marine cargo terminal in a high damage-exposure case involving claims for personal injuries and death. Defendant's over height cargo container hit an overpass on the highway, causing the...

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Law Alerts July 1, 2017
The plaintiff fell down a stairwell while onboard the federal government-owned S.S. Altair, resulting in injuries primarily to his head, neck, shoulders and knees. It was undisputed that the plaintiff had preexisting conditions, such as chronic..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2017 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...
Law Alerts April 1, 2017
The matter arises from a case filed by the plaintiff against ABF Freight Systems for the theft of Starboard’s high-value watches and jewelry from ABF’s warehouse. Starboard brought an action in state court against ABF and subsequently..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 2017 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...
Law Alerts April 1, 2017
On February 8, 2017, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey held that it did not have admiralty jurisdiction over a matter involving a contract to lease chassis to a carrier for the transportation of cargo from a railhead to..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 2017 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...
Law Alerts January 3, 2017
This matter involved a subrogation action brought by insurers of Sharp Electronics against Wheels MSM and Tiger Express. Mitsui alleged that its insured engaged Wheels and Tiger as carriers and that litigation was commenced for property damage under..., Case Law Alerts, 1st Quarter, January 2017. Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Law Alerts January 3, 2017
The United States District Court for the Southern District of New York granted the application of Tutor Perini Corp., general contractor on a bridge rehabilitation project, for attorneys’ fees pursuant to its Subcontract Agreement with a tug..., Case Law Alerts, 1st Quarter, January 2017. Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Law Alerts October 3, 2016
The plaintiff filed a claim against three defendants for claims of breach of contract of carriage under the Carmack Amendment and state law negligence. Motions for summary judgment were filed by defendants Hartley Freight and Hartley Transportation..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2016. Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Law Alerts October 3, 2016
The United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit addressed the distinction between appellate jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1291 and appellate jurisdiction pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1292(a)(3). While the former section limits..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2016. Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Law Alerts July 19, 2016
On April 28, 2016, the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey granted the defendant’s motion for summary judgment against the plaintiffs after finding that a release of liability, waiver of claims, assumption of risk and..., Case Law Alerts, 3rd Quarter, July 2016 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...
Law Alerts April 1, 2016
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division, denied the plaintiff’s, Exxon Mobil Corporation, motion to remand the case back to state court where it had originally been filed. The court first looked to..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 1, 2016 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Law Alerts January 15, 2016
On November 6, 2015, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York denied the petitioner’s complaint seeking exoneration from or limitation of liability for the July 4, 2012, capsizing of his recreational vessel, the..., Case Law Alerts, 1st Quarter, January 2016 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent legal developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide...

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May 26, 2017
The Maritime Litigation Practice Group in the New York City office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, has been recognized among the top national maritime practices in the 2017 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Recognized in the Nationwide:...
June 6, 2016
The Maritime Litigation Practice Group in the New York City office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, has been recognized among the top national maritime practices in the 2016 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Recognized in the Nationwide:...
October 1, 2015
Edward C. Radzik, shareholder in the Maritime Litigation Practice Group in the Manhattan office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, has been named a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA). The LCA is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one...
May 19, 2015
The Maritime Litigation Practice Group in the New York City office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, has once again been recognized among the top national maritime practices in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Recognized in the Nationwide:...
August 6, 2014
Daniel G. McDermott, shareholder and Co-Chair of the Maritime Litigation Practice Group in the Manhattan office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, has been named a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA). The LCA is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-...
May 30, 2014
The Maritime Litigation Practice Group in the New York City office of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, has been recognized among the top national maritime practices by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Recognized in the Nationwide: Transportation: Shipping:...

Chair

Daniel G. McDermott
Co-Chair, Maritime Litigation Practice Group
(212) 376-6432
dgmcdermott@mdwcg.com

Co-Chair

Matthew S. Schorr
Assistant Director, Casualty Department
(973) 618-4155
msschorr@mdwcg.com

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