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With over 30 years of experience in admiralty and maritime law, our lawyers represent many of the largest companies in the maritime industry in the Gulf of Mexico and around the world. Most of our admiralty & maritime attorneys are located in Houston where many offshore drilling, exploration, and service companies are headquartered. Houston is also the home of the Port of Houston which is ranked first in the United States in foreign waterborne commerce, second in total tonnage, and eighth in the world in size.

Strasburger attorneys regularly represent owners, operators, and charterers of freighters, tankers, tugs, barges, supply boats, offshore drilling rigs/vessels, offshore platforms, and vessels engaged in oceanographic/seismic research, and other oil field services.

The firm's lawyers also represent companies and individuals engaged in brown water activities, such as offshore exploration, pipeline construction, commercial diving, supply boat services, and many other maritime energy activities.

Strasburger's admiralty and maritime team also represents a variety of multi-national blue water business concerns, including shipyards, manufacturers, sellers, purchasers, transporters, and insurers of waterborne products.

The firm’s practice unit leaders are available to answer any questions about Strasburger’s capabilities.  To learn more about this practice area, please contact bill.mahley@strasburger.com.

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With over 30 years of experience in admiralty and maritime law, our lawyers represent many of the largest companies in the maritime industry in the Gulf of Mexico and around the world. Most of our admiralty & maritime attorneys are located in Houston where many offshore drilling, exploration, and service companies are headquartered. Houston is also the home of the Port of Houston which is ranked first in the United States in foreign waterborne commerce, second in total tonnage, and eighth in the world in size.

Strasburger attorneys regularly represent owners, operators, and charterers of freighters, tankers, tugs, barges, supply boats, offshore drilling rigs/vessels, offshore platforms, and vessels engaged in oceanographic/seismic research, and other oil field services.

The firm's lawyers also represent companies and individuals engaged in brown water activities, such as offshore exploration, pipeline construction, commercial diving, supply boat services, and many other maritime energy activities.

Strasburger's admiralty and maritime team also represents a variety of multi-national blue water business concerns, including shipyards, manufacturers, sellers, purchasers, transporters, and insurers of waterborne products.

The firm’s practice unit leaders are available to answer any questions about Strasburger’s capabilities.  To learn more about this practice area, please contact bill.mahley@strasburger.com.

EXPERIENCE

Tort, Appellate & Commercial Litigation

The admiralty and maritime team handles trials and appellate litigation in various federal and state courts, administrative hearings, and arbitrations. Our lawyers routinely litigate tort and contract disputes that arise out of collisions, allisions, the stranding or sinking of vessels and offshore drilling rigs, blowouts and control of wild wells, oil pollution, salvage and wreck removal, the Jones Act, the Death on the High Seas Act, the LHWCA, exposure to benzene and asbestos, injuries to maritime workers, COGSA, and other damage to cargo, vessel seizures, and disputes over and interpretations of insurance coverage.

The firm also handles a wide variety of general commercial litigation involving matters such as international oil trading transactions, commercial fraud, piracy, foreign confiscations of property, war and political risks, and matters which directly or indirectly involve other high risk insured operations.

Corporate/Transaction Services

Strasburger's transactional attorneys serve as trusted corporate legal advisors to our valued maritime clients, both public and private, and leading international financial institutions with regard to all aspects of maritime business affairs, including negotiation, drafting and interpretation of contracts for construction; purchase, sale and financing of vessels, ship mortgages, Title XI financing, charter parties, transportation and affreightment; offshore drilling, construction and service; oil trading transactions; and compliance with regulatory agencies involved in shipping, offshore oil exploration, and deep water mining activities.

Maritime Insurance & Risk Management

The maritime industry and the insurance carriers that focus on the industry face unique risk management issues. Strasburger's skilled maritime attorneys are often called upon to interpret a variety of P&I, hull, cargo, and general liability insurance provisions, as well as more traditional forms of insurance, for a wide range of maritime industry participants. Acting on behalf of leading maritime companies and major international insurance companies and syndicates, Strasburger is uniquely qualified to assist its clients in all types of marine insurance law issues.