Miller Nash has served its maritime, marine transportation, and fisheries industry clients for more than 100 years.
With offices in Washington, Oregon, and California, Miller Nash provides comprehensive legal services in all Pacific ports of the western United States. We serve vessel owners, marine insurers, marine financing entities, offshore oil industry support contractors, international and domestic fuel companies, marine construction and repair yards, yacht builders, exporting scrap yards, shippers, grain terminals, marinas, domestic and foreign fisheries, and other individuals and businesses in the maritime industries. Our litigation experience include vessel attachments and arrests, domestic and international arbitration of maritime claims, collisions, groundings, oil-spill response, cargo claims, vessel construction and repair disputes, wreck removal, salvage, marine insurance disputes, maritime lien claims, and defense of regulatory violations. Our maritime transactional and advisory services include charter parties, vessel management, marine service contracts, Jones Act compliance, tariffs and terminal agreements, port services, marine financing, fishing rights transactions, maritime employment, and maritime and environmental regulatory compliance.
Admiralty & Maritime Litigation and Investigations
Miller Nash’s experienced litigators are available 24/7 to provide fast and effective responses for vessel arrests, maritime attachments, and the release of vessels and maritime assets. We have litigated all manners of admiralty and maritime claims in state and federal courts, as well as represented our maritime and fisheries industry clients in achieving practical and efficient resolution of the full spectrum of their other business disputes through negotiation, the courts, and domestic or international arbitration. Our experienced attorneys are ready and able to respond swiftly to maritime casualties and investigations relating to our clients.
Maritime issues often require attorneys who are experienced with cross-border issues, international treaties, and foreign courts and tribunals. Our maritime lawyers have that experience as well as a network of lawyers in every foreign commercial country available for assistance and practical advice. Our lawyers have handled arbitrations before the Society of Maritime Arbitrators, the London International Court of Arbitration, the Singapore International Arbitration Centre, the International Chamber of Commerce, the American Arbitration Association International Centre for Dispute Resolution, and other maritime and international arbitral institutions.
Transactions & Regulatory Compliance
We assist our maritime industry clients with negotiating and drafting purely maritime contracts and the full array of other transactions for their businesses, including contracts for vessel construction, chartering, management, manning, financing, purchase and sale, repair, wreck removal and scrapping, as well as tariffs, terminal agreements, employment agreements, leases and acquisitions. We also advise our clients with regard to their employment issues and regulatory compliance.
Yachts & Recreational Boating
Miller Nash has long served the needs of the yachting and recreational boating sector, from small boat owners, boatyards, shipyards, and manufacturers to superyacht builders. Our lawyers know the industry and have the technical and business acumen to effectively represent yacht owners, repairers, and builders in negotiating and drafting contracts for the design, construction, conversion, and repair of recreational vessels. We also represent our clients in resolving yacht construction and repair disputes, and that experience informs and enhances our representation of clients in contract negotiations. We also regularly assist yacht buyers, sellers, brokers, owners, and charterers in the sale, purchase, and chartering of yachts of all sizes, the formation of legal entities for yacht ownership and operation, domestic or foreign yacht registration, tax, and regulatory compliance. Our attorneys additionally serve the needs of developers, owners, and operators of commercial marinas.
Team co-chair Jess Webster has more than 35 years of experience in serving the needs of the commercial fishing industry, helping vessel owners, managers, seafood buyers, brokers, processors, aquaculture operators, commercial lenders, shipyards, and suppliers to the fishing industry. Our team members are experienced in assisting our clients through regulatory processes and in advising on fisheries and environmental regulatory compliance. We are experienced in drafting contracts for a myriad of fisheries-related transactions, including for the acquisition and sale of fisheries businesses, commercial fishing vessels, fishing rights transactions, vessel charters, vessel construction, refit and repair contracts, and fishing industry finance. And we represent our clients in administrative proceedings and in fisheries-related litigation in all U.S. courts on the west coast, from Alaska to California, including defense of alleged violations of fisheries regulations and forfeiture defense.