Admiralty law (also referred to as maritime law) is a distinct body of law which governs maritime questions and offenses. It is a body of both domestic law governing maritime activities, and private international law governing the relationships between private entities which operate vessels on the oceans. It deals with matters including marine commerce, marine navigation, shipping, sailors, and the transportation of passengers and goods by sea. There are a number of international or multi-national treaties that have been signed by various nations of the world in an attempt to apply uniform rules to those who frequent the world's oceans and waterways.
Asgari and associates international law firm offers clients a unique combination of operational, regulatory and litigation expertise to assist in handling not only day-to-day issues, but also those emergencies where timely guidance is most critical. Lawyers at the Firm have had the opportunity to represent businesses involved in the interstate and international transportation of goods and passengers.
Our practice in this regard includes the defense of trucking companies, freight forwarders, brokers and carriers, directly and on behalf of their insurers, in defense of personal injury and cargo loss and damage claims and lawsuits; analyzing coverage of inland and marine and cargo insurance policies; tariff and bill of lading analysis and drafting; drafting of charter party contracts and independent contractor agreements; assisting clients in maintaining regulatory compliance and defending all types of litigation related to these topics.
Carriers, freight forwarders, warehousemen, ship owners, tug and barge operators, vessel managers, charterers, protection and indemnity associations and terminal operators rely on our expertise in matters ranging from inspections, cargo claims, contract disputes, litigation and arbitration, environmental/oil spill incidents, and maritime lien disputes.
Our team also includes knowledgeable draftsmen, skilled negotiators and experienced litigators who quickly identify workable solutions to current problems and advise you on how best to respond to the unexpected events. Lawyers at the Firm have handled litigation and arbitration proceedings and, when a dispute arises, we will assist you in recovering your claim and protecting your interests.
Maritime Attachments, Arrests and Judgment Enforcement
Our firm assists clients to quickly determine the validity of a claim or defense as well as the priority of a secured claim, which are critical considerations for ship owners or secured creditors in large arrest and attachment proceedings. Whether be an occasion to seek attachment of the assets of an elusive defendant or arrest the vessel, the Firm has the knowledge, resources and flexibility to help clients achieve their objectives. In addition, our maritime attorneys are well-versed and can help you enforce or defend against an arbitration award or foreign judgment.
Commodity and Trading Contracts
When working with commodity and trading contracts for oil, grain, ore and other bulk commodities, it is important to consult maritime attorneys who are experienced in arbitration and mediation.
Shipping Documents and Cargo Claim Defense
The team at our firm has the relevant expertise in drafting shipping documents such as bills of lading, sea waybills and service contracts. Our attorneys are committed to offering our clients a personalized, step-by-step service to help them understand the implications of and commence dispute resolution proceedings with the utmost chances of a successful outcome. In order to do so, and because every case has its pros and cons, we elaborate tailored tools and strategies specifically for each situation in client interest.