Companies involved in the marine and energy industries face unique pressures caused by unforeseeable accidents, human error, catastrophic weather and a host of intersecting regulations and laws. Sedgwick’s admiralty and energy lawyers – in London, Bermuda, Houston, California, Florida, and elsewhere in the United States – have extensive experience in all facets of maritime and energy law and are in a position to alleviate our clients’ concerns when they are confronted with legal or business challenges in these areas.
Our attorneys regularly counsel energy and marine insurers about coverage issues and policy content. We also represent carriers in bad faith litigation. As part of Sedgwick’s Insurance Division, one of the largest international teams of trial attorneys and business advisors dedicated to the institutional concerns and success of the insurance industry, our admiralty and energy lawyers work with some of the largest insurers and reinsurers in the industry. We routinely advise our clients on various marine and energy policy forms including hull, marine general liability, protection and indemnity, maritime employers’ liability, energy package policies, builders’ risk, business interruption, operators extra expense, control of well and loss of production income. Our attorneys are experts in our clients’ industries and are attuned to the legislative and regulatory developments that impact them.
In the marine environment, property losses often impose immediate threats to health, safety and the environment. Downtime and loss of production can result in large economic losses. Our team works with experts to immediately address property damage resulting from navigational errors, product failures, offshore drilling and downhole losses, fire, oil spills, pipeline incidents and other catastrophic events.
Sedgwick’s admiralty lawyers represent a wide variety of port, marine and offshore energy companies and insurers. Our admiralty practice includes vessel and rig collisions, port facility and stevedore liability, product liability claims, hurricane losses, yacht and recreational boating claims, maritime lien claims, property damage, pollution, subrogation claims, cargo losses, regulatory compliance and representation of clients before maritime regulatory agencies. Our admiralty team is also experienced in defending our clients against a wide array of personal injury claims, including those arising under general maritime law, the Jones Act, the Death on the High Seas Act and The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. Our team is also experienced in handling and trying matters where foreign law will be applied by U.S. courts, and has worked around the world handling various maritime matters.
Representative matters include successful defense and appeal of maritime bad-faith litigation, prosecution of litigation arising out of collisions, defense of complex marine products claims, defense of litigation arising under the Jones Act, Death on the High Seas Act, and Longshore and Harborworkers Act, Carriage of Goods by Sea Act, vessel arrests, the Federal Maritime Lien Act, interpretation and litigation arising out of complex indemnity agreements under admiralty law, the Outer Continental Lands Shelf Act, and the Texas and Louisiana Anti-indemnity statutes as well as California laws on maritime oil pollution. Our team, which includes former government prosecutors, is also capable of defending white-collar criminal matters arising out of maritime losses.
Our lawyers’ energy expertise includes matters arising from drilling, construction, personal injuries, downhole losses, contract and indemnity disputes, and hurricane damage. We advise on losses and liabilities arising out of the operation of energy facilities, including oil and gas (onshore and offshore), power generation, mining and utilities in Latin America, Europe, the United States and offshore venues. We have a global reach, representing our clients’ interests in other jurisdictions by working as a firmwide team, and working with local lawyers who have the necessary expertise in the complexities of their local markets. Sedgwick’s lawyers initiate investigations, work with government entities, counsel clients on urgent legal and business issues, and work alongside specialist loss adjusters and forensic accountants on major market losses.
Representative matters include advising on coverage and adjustment issues in relation to property damage and business interruption, and environmental damage class actions, following hurricane and windstorm related to oil spillages, pipeline failures, terrorist acts, and construction incidents.
Sedgwick’s admiralty and energy lawyers are a “go team,” ready to respond to incidents as they are happening and immediately thereafter.