Michael B. McCauley

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Mr. McCauley is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy, holds a U.S. Coast Guard Master’s license for ocean-going vessels and has served on twenty-two dry cargo, tanker, passenger, towing, and U.S. Navy vessels. For over 30 years he has handled virtually all types of maritime and related commercial and insurance disputes. His practice focuses primarily on major casualty, complex litigation and arbitration. In the maritime area, he specializes in personal injury and death claims, collision, pollution, general average, salvage, recreational boating and yachting, shipyard disputes, charter party and commercial disputes, marine finance and foreclosure. He also leads the firm’s oil pollution and catastrophe response team. In addition, Mr. McCauley also has broad experience in the handling of both marine and non-marine insurance and reinsurance coverage disputes and litigation, including those involving hull, cargo, energy, marine, construction contracts and shipyard casualties. He has authored articles on foreclosure and has lectured on a variety of maritime and insurance law topics. Mr. McCauley is the former Chairman of the Recreational Boating Committee of the Maritime Law Association of the United States. He has served as an officer in the U.S. Naval Reserve and holds an air pilot’s license from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Licenses: U.S. Coast Guard Master of Freight and Towing Vessels upon oceans; Second Officer of any vessel upon oceans; Pilot, Single Engine Land Aircraft; Author: “Limitation of Liability and Recreational Vessels,” Tulane Maritime Law Journal, Vol. 16, No. 2, Spring 1992; Contributing Author: 8 Benedict on Admiralty, Desk Reference, 1995; Co-Author: “Admiralty, Jurisdiction and the Pleasure Craft,” Matthew Bender & Co., Inc. (C.P. Theut ed. 1992); ”Limitation of Liability and the Pleasure Craft,” Matthew Bender & Co., Inc., (C.P. Theut ed. 1992; Admiralty: “The Common Afloat?” The Delaware Lawyer, March 1993: “Deep Ocean Mining in Legal Perspective,” U.S. Department of Commerce Publication, NMRCKP-112, 1974, Lecturer: “Maritime Liens and Their Enforcement,” Delaware Bar Association, May 31, 1991; “Limitation of Liability and Recreational Vessels,” Maritime Law Association of the United States, October 31, 1991; “FPSO’s – Regulatory Obstacles,” International Offshore Insurance Conference, Oslo, June 6 2000.

Phone: 215-625-7804
Phone: 215-625-9900
Fax: 215-625-0185

Years in Practice: 34

Areas of Practice (51)

  • Admiralty Law
  • Insurance
  • Reinsurance
  • Aviation Law
  • Commercial Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Litigation
  • Maritime Law
  • International Law
  • Finance
  • Yachts
  • Recreational Craft
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Transportation
  • Casualty Defense
  • Civil Litigation
  • Trial Practice
  • Appellate Practice
  • Carriage of Goods by Sea
  • Jones Act
  • Long shore and Harbor Workers Compensation 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

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
302-594-0895  Phone
302-478-7443  Phone
302-478-7625  Fax
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania; U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York; U.S. Court of Appeals, Third and Second Circuits and U.S. Tax Court; U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey; U.S. District Court, District of Delaware; 1979, Florida; 1986, New Jersey; 1985, Delaware; 1980, Pennsylvania; 1991, New York; U.S. Supreme Court
The Maritime Law Association of the United States; Associations of Average Adjusters, United States and United Kingdom; National Marine Bankers Association; International Association of Defense Counsel; American, Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York & Florida Bar Associations
Birth Information:
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, September 23, 1951

Peer Reviews

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Wilmington, Delaware

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