Lochner Law Firm, P.C.

Todd D. Lochner
Chase A. Eshelman*
Chris J. McNally**
Eugene E. Samarin
Gregory R. Singer

Lochner Law Firm, P.C.
Donner Building
91 Main St., 4th Floor
Annapolis, MD 21401

P: (443) 716-4400
F: (443) 716-4405

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* Barred in MD & VA ** Barred in RI & MA

Maritime and Marine Related Services offered by LOCHNER LAW FIRM, P.C.,


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1. Maritime Collision and Allision. Vessel and property casualty in the maritime sphere can be subject to highly specialized customs, rules and regulations. We provide representation that uses the inherent complexity of maritime issues to work toward our clients' preferred results.

2. Maritime Personal Injury. We will bring or defend claims involving serious personal injury, including wrongful death and permanent impairment, including those that fall under the auspices of the Jones Act, Longshoremen and Harbor Workers Compensation Act and the Death on the High Seas Act. In defense cases, we will litigate limitations of liability actions in federal court.

3. Insurance Coverage and Subrogation. For claims which are paid by our clients, we will pursue other individuals and entities that may also bear financial responsibility.

4. Towing and Salvage: Salvage versus towage and the responsibility for damage are recurrent issues when vessels are subjected to a marine peril. When a dispute arises, it may ultimately involve regulatory agencies, owners and operators, insurers as well as the tower or salvor. We will litigate, arbitrate or work through mediation on our clients' behalf.

5. Contract Disputes. We will litigate contract issues including those arising from consumer sales, supplier sales, employer/employee relationships, and significant transactions.

6. Maritime Lien Claims. In maritime law, liens provide highly specialized rights to obtain non-owner property rights in vessels, their cargo and their profits. We will prosecute or defend maritime lien claims.

7. Regulatory proceedings. We will represent our clients in civil and administrative proceedings before state or federal regulatory agencies including the United States Coast Guard and the United States Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration.


1. General Counsel. We provide general business representation for vessel owners and marine businesses, including corporate, regulatory, contract and commercial matters.

2. Preventative Reviews. In legal matters, prevention can be exponentially cheaper than the cure offered by litigation. We will review supplier and consumer contracts, premises and other potential risks to help identify serious, preventable risks.

3. Corporate Organization. If a business is not properly formed and registered with the State, there are potentially serious, unexpected consequences. We offer flat rates to form simple corporations and partnerships. For more complex matters, we will draft original contracts and entity documents to meet our clients' specialized needs.

4. Effective Contract Drafting and Design. Most businesses have certain types of contracts that they frequently reuse. We will review and revise these documents to be certain that, if challenged, their meaning is that which is intended, and to make sure that our clients' liability is appropriately limited.

5. Purchase/Sale Representation. In any transaction involving a significant amount of money, there is the potential for broken promises, misunderstandings, misrepresentations and significant losses. For significant transactions, we will review applicable documents to be sure that our clients' interests are protected and provide assistance or representation in negotiations as needed.

6. Marine Financing. We will assist our clients in obtaining Title XI financing for new construction or the institution of a capital improvement fund for existing vessels.

7. Charter agreements. In extraordinary chartering circumstances, we will draft individual and fleet charter agreements to ensure that the needs and goals of our clients are met.