About Lochner Law Firm, P.C.
Boatinglaw.com is the recreational maritime branding for Lochner Law Firm, P.C., whose owner, Todd Lochner,
Proctor in Admiralty, been active in
maritime and admiralty law since 1999. Mr. Lochner's practice is based in Annapolis, Maryland, and focuses
on issues of concern for vessel owners, marine businesses and those that live, work and play on the water.
The practice is primarily devoted to maritime litigation, vessel documentation and finance, marine oriented
contracts, marine insurance, the defense of enforcement actions based upon Maryland vessel taxation and
general business advice to marine clients. Mr. Lochner's firm grew to include six attorneys, which he
dissolved in 2010 in order to maintain a maritime focus. Representative clients include: J Port, Inc., J
World Annapolis, Port Annapolis Marina, the Association of Boat Builders and Repairers, Boat U.S.
Insurance, Norden Tankers and Bulkers, as well as, other marinas, marine businesses and marine insurers
over the years.
TODD D. LOCHNER, Esq. - Proctor in Admiralty
Mr. Lochner graduated Cum Laude from the Tulane
Law School, with a Maritime Law Certificate from the Tulane Maritime Law Center and a Certificate of Advanced
Study and Training in Arbitration. While attending Tulane, Mr. Lochner was a member of the Tulane Maritime Law
Journal, where he has also published. His undergraduate studies were completed at The George Washington University.
Prior to starting his own law firm in 1999, Mr. Lochner worked at a maritime law firm located in the Port of Baltimore
and for the general counsel of Airbus (the North American office).
Mr. Lochner is a member of the bars of the State of Maryland, the United States District Courts for the Districts
of Maryland and D.C., as well as, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. He
keeps abreast of changes in the maritime law as a member of the Maritime Law Association and by attending education
programs sponsored by the Admiralty Law Institute. He has served in the leadership of the Recreational Boating
Committee of the Maritime Law Association, the Legal Committee
for the United States Sailing Association as well as being
a member of the Mid-Atlantic Mariners Club and
Marine Trades Association of Maryland. Mr. Lochner is a Past
President of the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association and
a Past President of the the Paca-Brent American Inns of Court.
He is also currently serving as a member of the Board of Trustees for Annapolis
Community Boating, Inc.
Mr. Lochner is an avid sailor who has been a part of the recreational maritime industry since his employment as
a sailing instructor in 1992. He is a member of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club and the Severn Sailing Association
where he races various sailboats. Recently, Mr. Lochner competed in campaigns for the 2007 and a 2009 Melges 24
World Championships where his team placed first and second respectively in the Corinthian class.
EUGENE E. SAMARIN, Esq.
Mr. Samarin graduated Roger Williams University School of Law. While attending Roger
Williams, Mr. Samarin focused his studies in the RWU Law Admiralty/Maritime program. During his studies, Mr. Samarinís course work emphasized Business
and Taxation courses. In 2011, he interned with the Rhode Island Attorney Generalís Office, where he assisted the Attorney Generalís Office in a
complex civil litigation. His undergraduate studies were completed at St. Johnís College in Annapolis, Maryland. Mr. Samarin joined Mr. Lochner in
2007 as a file clerk and has assisted Mr. Lochner in various capacities until he formally joined this firm as an attorney in 2016.
Mr. Samarin is a member of the bars of the State of Maryland and the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. In addition to being
a member of the State Bar Association, Mr. Samarin is active in the James C. Cawood Jr. American Inns of Court, in Annapolis, Maryland. During his
collegiate career, Mr. Samarin was a member of the St. Johní College Rowing and Sailing teams and has enjoyed being on the water since he was first
introduced to it in 2007.
GREGORY R. SINGER, Esq.
Mr. Singer graduated Cum LaudeI from the William & Mary School of Law, where
he was an accomplished member of the Moot Court and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) teams, as well as the Bill of Rights Journal. Prior to
joining Lochner Law Firm, he served in the United States Coast Guard's Judge Advocate General's office in Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Singer is a
member of Maryland State Bar and the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, and is an associate of the Maritime Law Association
of the United States.
Mr. Singer is a longtime Annapolitan and a lifetime sailor. Prior to his legal practice he worked for seven years on historic sail-training ships,
charter vessels, and private yachts. When he is not serving his clients' legal needs, Mr. Singer maintains an active sailboat racing and offshore
JUSTIN E. CRAWFORD, Esq. (Of Counsel)
Mr. Crawford graduated Cum Laude from Rutgers University
School of Law, where he was inducted into the Order of the Coif. He holds a Batchleor of Science Of Marine
Transportation from the United States Merchant Marine Academy and is currently enrolled in two business oriented post
graduate certification courses at New York Univerisity, an Advanced Professional Certificate in Law & Business from the
Stern School of Business and an Executive Masters of Laws Degree in Taxation from the School of Law. Mr. Crawford is
currently admitted to practice in the State Courts of New York and New Jersey, as well as various United States District
In addition to his Of Counsel role at the Lochner Law Firm, Mr. Crawford serves as the President and CEO of an
international shipping company, where he is responsible for handling husbandry, vessel planning, port captaincy and
other marine operations needs of some of the largest container shipping companies in the world. Mr. Crawford has
sailed professionally on virtually every type of commercial vessel all around the world for companies such as Maersk-Sealand,
American President Lines, Crowley, American Steamship Company, and SeaRiver Maritime (a subsidiary of ExxonMobil).
In 2009, he was honorably discharged from the United States Naval Reserve after 13 years of service as an officer.
Furthermore, as management consultant and entrepreneur who has started and run numerous companies in industries as
diverse as international shipping, web-based e-commerce, law and consulting, Mr. Crawford brings a wide range of
business acumen and knowledge of business law and tax law to Lochner Law Firm's business clients.