Locke Lord's maritime lawyers are recognized internationally for their accomplishments in this specialized field. Our maritime partners have been selected by their peers in the maritime bar to serve as officers, directors and committee chairs of the Maritime Law Association and the International Association of Defense Counsel. Our lawyers help draft international maritime conventions, have advised the U.S. State Department on issues of international maritime law, and regularly speak to international audiences on maritime legal subjects at industry conferences sponsored by groups such as the International Union of Marine Insurance. Through these activities, our lawyers are well-connected with maritime lawyers around the world.
Locke Lord's clients include companies involved in the offshore oil and gas industry, shipping companies and shippers of goods, and other companies involved in international maritime commerce. Locke Lord has a particularly strong reputation in representing marine and energy insurers, and our maritime lawyers have been involved in marine and offshore energy casualties arising off the coasts of Canada, Central and South America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. We have successfully litigated cases involving the authority of foreign governments to order wreck removal, the authority of U.S. courts to rule on acts of foreign sovereigns under the Act of State doctrine, and similar questions of public and private international law.