Charles Neely

Charles Neely: Attorney with Palmer Biezup & Henderson LLP


Mr. Neely joined the firm in 2008 and has been practicing admiralty and maritime law in the Philadelphia region since 1994. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Mr. Neely worked for five years as a tax accountant after receiving a B.A. in Accounting from Lynchburg College (Virginia) in 1985. Mr. Neely received his law degree (cum laude) from Widener University School of Law (Delaware) in 1993, during which time he worked as a judicial extern with Judge Edward J. Bradley of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. He received his LL.M. in Admiralty (with distinction) from Tulane University School of Law in 1994, and completed a judicial externship with Judge Frederick J.R. Heebe of the District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in New Orleans while attending Tulane. Mr. Neely has extensive experience in the area of personal injury litigation, including Jones Act and cruise line passenger actions and Section 905(b) Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act cases. Mr. Neely also practices in the area of cargo defense representing carriers and vessel owners. He has significant experience in handling a diversified caseload of actions representing the interests of insurance carriers in property damage and personal injury litigation, as well as subrogation and insurance coverage matters. He currently focuses his practice on representing owners, operators, charterers and insurers of commercial vessels in both personal injury and cargo matters

Areas of Practice (50)

  • Admiralty Law
  • Maritime Law
  • International Law
  • Insurance
  • Reinsurance
  • Commercial Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Finance
  • Yachts
  • Recreational Craft
  • Aviation Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Transportation
  • Casualty Defense
  • Civil Litigation
  • Trial Practice
  • Appellate Practice
  • Carriage of Goods by Sea
  • Jones Act
  • Marine Environmental Law
  • Marine Insurance
  • Marine Insurance Defense
  • Marine Pollution
  • Marine Subrogation
  • Maritime Accidents
  • Maritime Contracts
  • Maritime Finance
  • Maritime Liens
  • Maritime Personal Injury
  • Maritime Products Liability
  • Maritime Property Damage
  • Recreational Boating Law
  • Ship Documentation
  • Ship Foreclosure
  • Ship Sales and Mortgages
  • Shipyard Litigation
  • Clean Water Act
  • Environmental Cleanup
  • Commercial Foreclosure
  • Creditor Bankruptcy
  • Excess and Reinsurance
  • Excess Coverage
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Boating Accidents
  • Personal Injury Defense
  • Bills of Lading
  • Cargo Claims
  • Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
215-987-3342  Phone
(215) 625-7812  Phone
(215) 625-0185  Fax
University Attended:
Lynchburg College, B.A., 1985
Law School Attended:
Widener University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1993; Tulane University School of Law, LL.M., Admiralty, with distinction, 1994
Year of First Admission:
1994, Pennsylvania; 2007, New Jersey; 2000, U.S. Supreme Court
The Maritime Lawyers Association of the United States; American, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Bar Association; Pennsylvania Association of Notaries
Birth Information:

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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