Moore & Van Allen Law Firm, Attorneys

Admiralty & Maritime

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From our office in Charleston, South Carolina—the nation’s fourth largest container port—Moore & Van Allen provides seasoned maritime transactional and litigation experience to ship owners, vessel charterers, marine contractors, insurers, dredging companies and more.

Backed by our MVA colleagues in Business, Taxation, Financial Services and other practice groups, we give our maritime clients knowledgeable, responsive, full-service and seamless counsel for all their business needs—from insurance coverage and litigation issues to vessel charter parties and maritime liens, from risk management to employment matters.  You’ll get the personal attention of a senior attorney leading a team of other professionals with varied skills and hourly rates, to provide cost-efficient and responsive counsel. 

Practice focus:

  • Litigation
  • Transactional matters
  • General business counsel
  • Marine insurer representation:
    • Insurance coverage matters
    • Declaratory judgment actions
    • Litigation and pre-suit investigation defense
  • Recreational boating law, including representing marine underwriters and their assureds in personal injury or property damage cases
  • Marine finance and collection:
    • Foreclosure of ship mortgages and maritime liens through judicial seizure and sale   
  • Risk management:
    • Insurance claim avoidance and defense
    • Contract and insurance advice
    • Pre-suit liability investigations
    • Evidence gathering in claim defense


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