HBN’s longstanding position as a maritime firm in the heart of New York City can only be attributed to its team of lawyers who navigate the complex and unique concepts of maritime law. Our lawyers have years of experience that set them apart from many other lawyers in the maritime field, such as shipboard service in the Merchant Marines and United States Coast Guard.
When you choose Hill, Betts & Nash you are not only choosing legal scholars, but also expert mariners.
HBN represents their clients in navigating the difficult intricacies of Maritime Law, also known as Admiralty Law. Maritime law takes its precedence from – not only statutes and common law – but also from ancient principles of international law.
Maritime law is a distinct body of domestic and international law made up of international conventions, treaty, and domestic statutes which governs legal issues arising on navigable waters. These issues may include disputes stemming from shipping, logistics, and navigation, as well as, personal injuries that occur onboard vessels in navigation. Generally, maritime law operates under the exclusive jurisdiction of the federal courts, except for a few statutes such as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, which allows for injured seaman to bring a claim in state court.