Since Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig began in 2001, our clients have included small and medium-sized businesses, Fortune 500 companies, and sovereign foreign governments. One area of the law where many of our clients need legal assistance is admiralty and maritime law. Increasing global trade, higher energy costs, ever-changing environmental rules, and the risk of terror have changed the shipping industry – and international shipping laws – dramatically. The admiralty and maritime attorneys at Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig are familiar with the numerous international laws and legal principles that may apply in maritime cases, such as import/export laws and international environmental regulations.

Admiralty Law’s Unique Rules and Principles

Often called maritime law, admiralty law is the combination of U.S. laws and international law that governs all contracts, injuries, torts, or offenses that take place on the water. Maritime and admiralty law historically focused on oceanic issues, but in the 20th century, it grew to cover all public bodies of water, including inland lakes and rivers. Admiralty law largely governs the interactions between two ships, a captain’s responsibilities to a ship’s crew and passengers, the rights of crew members, and other legal matters. Admiralty cases are usually tried in federal district courts, but states may also hear some cases. The admiralty attorney you work with must understand the unique rules and legal principles that courts apply to admiralty cases.

The Help Businesses Need

Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig represents companies around the globe in international maritime law cases involving ship owners, managers, operators, charterers, cargo owners, shippers, shipyards, and more. An admiralty lawyer at Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig can bring your case to its best possible resolution while protecting your rights through every stage of the legal process. Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig offers flexible ideas, solutions, and fees.