Picking the wrong maritime lawyer can be like drowning in a bath tub of salt water.But salt water runs through my veins. Being born in Seattle, My first salt water job as a longshoreman and ILWU membership starting at age 16. This was long before containerization and when longshoreman carried steel hooks for grabbing boxes, and the entire waterfront was controlled by the ILWU. I walked picket lines during strikes and learned what living without a wage means.I beame a lawyer after seeing what employer union busting looked like and how marine employers out-gunned and out lawyerd workers in negotiations. I worked my way through law school, made law review and was fortunate enough to work briefly with Senator Warren Magnuson, chair of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee. When it became time to start a private practice I went back to my saltwater roots and started by representing persons working on huge factory trawler boats just as the Bering Sea bottom fish industry was starting. All of the fish companies were treating processors, below deck workers, and about every position except in the wheelhouse, as non-seaman unentitled to the benefits of Federal Law, Jones Act and General Maritime law. So, I brought suit in District Court, Donna Wells v. Artic Alaska and won a ruling, regardless of their work status, a maritime worker contributing to the mission and function of a vessel, including processors etc.are protected by Fedderal law and to be treated as seamen.This resulted in benefits to thousands of workers who had little to no benefits for injury, except occasionally workers comp. Years later I brought and won a class action on behalf of some 8,000 Alaska workers compensation workers who were actually Federal seamen
I am the founding partner of INJURY AT SEA, we only do maritime injury. I have personally practiced maritime injury law for over 43 years. For me, its all about and only about helping an individual. We are not suits looking for the next big brag.
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13 October 2019
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31 August 2019
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29 August 2019
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21 July 2019
- Q. Can owner of marina tell liveaboards to leave without putting request in writing?
- A: This is not an admiralty or maritime question. Best check State landlord tenant laws.
- Q. A Ca police officer sees a suspected murderer while both are on board a cruise ship bound from SD to Hawaii.
- A: The officer should call ahead and make arrangements for arrest once the vessel hits port in Hawaii. Arrests are fairly common upon arrivals. Also, during the period before reaching port the validity of the warrant can be confirmed. There are often mistakes in the system and the warrant must be validated. Hawaii will issue whats called a detainer. The jurisdiction issuing the warrant is required to retrieve the suspect. It would be unusual for a person with a valid warrant especially a felony warrant to make it on to the vessel given warrants and other passenger issues are checked before boarding. Registration of the vessel and interim location has nothing to do with this. Tom Evans Injury At Sea
- Q. slip fully paid for the year. sold the boat and promised buyer the slip as well. can the Marina try charging new owner ?
- A: This does not involve maritime law or admiralty. You need to consult with a local attorney about breach of contract issues
- Q. What steps do I need to take to become of majority status and correctly use the name? Indiana and internationally.
- A: Sorry, but this does not sound like a maritime question. Also, the naming in issue did not come through. Please try trademark and copy write experts. Thank you and best regards. Tom Evans Maritime Lawyer Please see Justia disclaimer.