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Sean Houseal (843) 437-6620 - or - Ryan Gilsenan (843) 847-8003
Womble Carlyle’s Admiralty, Global Logistics and Transportation practice covers the waterfront of shipping-related legal services for our clients located throughout the world and here at home. Our team has broad industry knowledge and decades of experience counseling clients across virtually all maritime sectors. We creatively and efficiently solve problems and we help our clients mitigate risk.
Our services range from immediate response and investigation of casualties, including personal injuries and death, pollution incidents, collisions, and cargo loss, to complex commercial litigation and dispute resolution, drafting and negotiation of intermodal transportation contracts and supply chain agreements, resolution of charter party disputes, closing of marine finance transactions, counseling on environmental and other regulatory compliance, and defending enforcement actions, grand jury investigations, and criminal charges. With in-depth knowledge of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations, our team is equally adept at solving problems and mitigating risks and exposure related to shoreside, over-the-road transportation casualties. When disputes cannot otherwise be resolved effectively, our team has substantial trial experience, having successfully tried numerous cases to verdict in both state and federal courts.
Based in Charleston, South Carolina, but with firm offices ranging from Delaware to Georgia and California, our team is positioned to respond quickly to our clients’ needs anywhere within our footprint. In addition, through our firm’s strategic alliance with Bond Dickinson LLP based in the U.K., Womble Carlyle and Bond Dickinson clients enjoy a full range of legal services in the United Kingdom and United States. Like Womble Carlyle, Bond Dickinson is dedicated to providing outstanding client service and value. The aligned capability of the two firms enables us to bring sophisticated and comprehensive resources to bear on clients’ most complex business and legal issues in the U.K., the U.S., and beyond.
Representative Client Sectors
Womble Carlyle serves as the Charleston correspondent for all of the world’s Protection & Indemnity insurers (“P&I Clubs”) in the International Group, who insure commercial cargo and passenger vessels calling at the Ports of Charleston and Georgetown, South Carolina. With offices in Georgia and North Carolina, as well as Mid-Atlantic states, our firm is positioned also to handle casualty and litigation matters arising in neighboring ports. Our emergency response team is on call and available 24/7 to respond to and investigate casualties and incidents of all types, including collisions, shipboard and dockside personal injuries, cargo damage, pollution and HAZMAT discharges, alleged safety violations, expanded Port State Control inspections, and other shipboard emergencies.
Transportation and Logistics
Womble Carlyle’s Admiralty, Global Logistics and Transportation team serves clients who operate on the ship-to-shore intermodal supply chain. Shipping clients need strong contracts, strategic partnering agreements and regulatory compliance, and our attorneys deftly ensure that our clients achieve those ends. Our business and legal services in this sector of our practice include:
Maritime Finance and Lien Foreclosures
Team members provide business and legal advice in the structuring of ship sales and purchases, vessel mortgages, and other marine finance transactions, including the preparation and recording of bills of sale, preferred ship mortgages, and other finance documentation. Our firm is an affiliate member of the American Vessel Documentation Association, and we advise lending institutions on marine loans and vessel financing issues. Members of our team also assist in the foreclosure of ship mortgages and other maritime liens through judicial seizure and sale of collateralized vessels.
For decades, our team has practiced extensively in the area of recreational boating, having participated in such seminal South Carolina cases as Tisdale v. Teleflex, Inc. and Young v. Tide Craft, Inc. This area of our firm’s practice includes maritime products liability, warranty disputes, yacht finance and foreclosure, marina and boatyard disputes, yacht insurance coverage disputes, salvage matters, and owner/operator liability cases. Representative clients include Bertram Yacht, Inc., Boat US, Bombardier Recreational Products, Inc., Chubb, Concept Special Risks Ltd., MarineMax, Mercury Marine, RLI Insurance Co., Travelers, Viking Yachts, and Volvo Penta of the Americas, LLC. Our recreational practice covers much of the Atlantic coast and inland lakes in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.
Our team members are actively involved in recreational boating industry organizations, such as the American Boat & Yacht Council and the National Marine Manufacturers Association. Our firm is also part of the National Marine Lenders Association’s Recreational Boating Law Network.
Womble Carlyle’s Admiralty, Global Logistics and Transportation team members serve in leadership positions in regional and national maritime law organizations, including the Maritime Law Association of the United States and the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute. We are also actively involved in South Carolina’s maritime community, including such organizations as the Maritime Association of South Carolina and the Propeller Club of Charleston.
Mr. Houseal will speak on marine pollution developments, and he will provide an oil pollution primer for the 21st Century.