Welder Leshin, LLP represents shipowners, fishing vessel owners, agents, charterers, maritime employers and contractors in all areas of maritime torts, seamen's injuries, contracts, stowaways, charter disputes, cargo claims, investigations, property damage, oil and chemical releases and other regulatory violations, as well as other matters involving domestic and international maritime commerce, including offshore drilling contractors, Protection and Indemnity Clubs, oil and gas exploration and transmission companies.
The Maritime Section's day-to-day caseload involves personal injury defense brought by Jones Act seamen, longshoremen and offshore drilling and production workers. It also handles collision and damage claims to vessels, piers and production platforms, cargo claims and environmental compliance and liability. The Section is comprised of attorneys experienced in energy matters, including work with onshore and offshore drilling, well-control and related property damage issues.
The Section's attorneys represent clients before federal and state courts and administrative agencies, including the United States Coast Guard, OSHA, United States Department of Immigration and Naturalization, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Texas General Land Office.
Other areas of the Section's expertise include financial representation for the purchase and sale of vessels and enforcement of liens, interpretation of marine insurance policies and coverages, and the practice of regulatory and administrative law.
The Section's staff of legal and paralegal professionals has experience in mass plaintiff toxic tort and multi-party document and data management; database entry and utilization; trial preparation support; historical, media and medical journal research; review of medical records; interpretation of medical diagnostic codes; direct contact with pro se claimants, including review, evaluation and documentation of pro se claims and negotiation of claims through settlement; marine investigations and catastrophic response.
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