Maritime and Admiralty

With offices in Galveston and Houston, the busiest ports along the Texas Gulf Coast, the attorneys at Sheehy, Ware & Pappas have a wide range of experience in admiralty and maritime litigation. This experience allows us to handle any lawsuit involving maritime or energy interests, particularly in the offshore oil and gas industry, including:

  • Personal injury and wrongful death
  • Property damage
  • Oil and hazardous materials spills
  • Toxic exposure
  • Cargo loss and damage
  • Collision
  • Salvage
  • Insurance coverage and indemnity
  • Maritime contracts
  • Charter parties
  • Maritime liens

Our lawyers expertly navigate the legislative framework unique to these claims including the Jones Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, the Death on the High Seas Act, the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act and the Harter Act.

In addition to more traditional “blue water” interests, our lawyers have represented oil field service companies in claims involving offshore pipelines, risers, rotary slips, drill-pipe, tongs, hoists, sheaves, top drives, blow-out preventers, cementing units, snubbing units, casing jacks, cranes, personnel baskets, diving equipment, seismic air guns, machinery spaces, vertical and inclined ladders, scaffolding, lifting and tripping injuries, etc. These lawsuits involved a wide range of equipment, from offshore platforms, drill-ships, semi-submersibles, jack-up rigs, drilling and work-over barges, lift boats, crew boats, supply boats, tugs, tows, dive vessels, seismic vessels, stimulation vessels, fishing vessels, to even air-boats, inflatables and marsh buggies.