Admiralty and Maritime

Lane Powell offers one of the largest and most diverse maritime and admiralty law practices on the West Coast. The Firm specializes in defending claims against ship owners and charterers in the blue water shipping, coastwise, tug barge and fishing industries on behalf of shipping interests, P&I clubs and international marine underwriters. Typical claims include:

  • Collision
  • Cargo damage and bills of lading
  • Defense of seamen’s personal injury and death
  • Ship repairer liability
  • Oil and hazardous substance spills
  • Wreck removal and salvage
  • Maritime liens and vessel arrest
  • Charter parties and towage contracts
  • Marine insurance coverage
  • Maritime products liability
  • Vessel finance

Lane Powell’s admiralty and maritime attorneys themselves have backgrounds in the merchant marine and fisheries industries as law clerks for admiralty judges and as officers in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard, as examples. Based upon the knowledge and experience of its maritime attorneys, Lane Powell has the experience to serve international maritime interests in their legal, litigation and business needs in the U.S. Pacific Coast.

Representative Matters

  • Glacier Bay Oil Spill (Cook Inlet, Alaska), United States District Court, Western District of Washington. Served as counsel for London Underwriters in a declaratory judgment action concerning rights and duties under primary and excess layers of insurance.
  • Represented world’s largest zinc and lead producer in negotiating 20-year contracts of carriage with both a tug and barge line and ocean carriers for shipment of ore concentrates from the Red Dog Mine in Alaska.
  • PACCAR v. Kennedy Jenks Consultants and Underground Detection Services, Western District of Washington. Brought subrogation action on behalf of London Underwriters to recover over $400,000 paid to repair flood damage to Fortune 500 truck manufacturing company.
  • Eastern Ship Supply, Inc. v. Merit Steamship Agency, Inc., United States District Court, Western District of Washington. Served as lead counsel for Merit Steamship Agency, Inc., in ship supply case. Dismissed with prejudice on motion for summary judgment.
  • Columbia Transport v. Hapag Lloyd (America), Inc. Defended ocean carrier in cargo dispute in claim of overland carrier and freight for warder. Dismissed with prejudice in favor of Hapag Lloyd.
  • In the Matter of the F/V PACESETTER, United States District Court, Western District of Washington. Pursue limitation of liability action on behalf of vessel owner.
  • In the Matter of the F/V NOWITNA, United States District Court, Western District of Washington. Pursue limitation of liability action on behalf of vessel owner.
  • Lesure v. ASCW, United States District Court, Western District of Washington. Defend personal injury cancer claim of customer service representative assigned to work aboard cruise ship. Judgment at trial in favor of shipowner.
  • Represented United States Mining Company regarding documentation of foreign barge and regulatory issues with Customs Department for international transportation of mining cargo.

Lane Powell has the proven advantage of bringing the full range of the Firm’s experience to its maritime and admiralty practice, including business acquisitions, international transactions, liens, insurance regulations, consumer protection, liaison with governmental and administrative agencies, corporate formation, tax, real estate, land use, labor and employment problems, antitrust, finance and potential white collar criminal defense and regulatory compliance issues.

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Lane Powell has more than 135 years of commitment to our communities. This commitment is reflected in Lane Powell's hiring and promotion of women and individuals from diverse backgrounds. The Firm has established an attorney Diversity Committee. The Committee is tasked with designing and implementing programs and strategies that promote an inclusive work environment and encourage the development and success of all employees.


MultiCultural Law Magazine Recognizes Lane Powell for Diversity

Lane Powell ranked as one of the country’s top 100 firms for diversity in a recent poll by MultiCultural Law magazine. The annual issue featuring the top ranking firms will be received by many Fortune 500 general counsels, all ABA-approved law schools, as well as a host of national minority and women’s legal organizations. The magazine highlights successful minority and women lawyers. Readers get straightforward interviews with some of the nation’s leading minorities in the legal community. Look for this issue of MultiCultural Law magazine in April 2005.

We are proud of our Firm’s commitment to diversity and our communities. This commitment is reflected in Lane Powell’s hiring and promotion of women and individuals from diverse backgrounds.

The Diversity Committee's mission statement is as follows:


  • Promote, focus and improve the Firm's efforts to recruit, retain and advance attorneys from diverse backgrounds;
  • Promote, both inside and outside the Firm, our commitment to diversity;
  • Provide training to Lane Powell attorneys and staff on issues related to our increasingly diverse community, both inside and outside the Firm;
  • Promote efforts to reach out to the larger legal community to increase diversity in the legal profession;
  • Coordinate firm and individual attorney membership in local and national organizations committed to diversity in the legal profession;
  • Ensure that Lane Powell is represented at local and national events and conferences that focus on and promote diversity in the legal profession; and
  • Serve as a resource for the attorneys within the Firm with regard to developing and implementing strategies and tactics to promote, focus and improve our efforts to recruit, retain and advance attorneys from diverse backgrounds, particularly with regard to mentoring and training attorneys from diverse backgrounds.

Diversity Program

To illustrate Lane Powell’s continuing commitment to diversity, our attorneys have volunteered to participate in a cutting-edge program on racism, race relations, and racial problems in the legal profession. The six-week program, conducted by the Understanding Racism Foundation, included large law firms and was geared toward creating an understanding of the problems faced by minorities in our society. The program’s goal is to awaken participants to the awareness that racial problems still exist in our society, both overtly and subtly. And many individuals are unaware and are influenced by prior generations’ prejudice. It is hoped that this increased awareness will result in a more comfortable work environment for minorities and lead to greater attraction and retention of minorities. This program is ongoing, and Lane Powell is proud to have been the first firm to host it. Our attorneys have also participated in the Pre-law Conference for High School Students of Color sponsored by the American Bar Association and the Washington State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers’ Division.

To incorporate diversity at all levels of staffing, we actively recruit candidates from diverse backgrounds; this supports our commitment to diversity while also creating a team of qualified professionals, a team which we are extremely proud to call Lane Powell.


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