Maritime & Admiralty Litigation is a centuries-old practice area, governed by the general maritime law of the United States and federal statutes such as the Death on the High Seas Act and the Jones Act. Business entities in any of the coastal states can see claims within the maritime field.

With more than 75 years of combined experience in the law of claims in navigable waterways and bodies of water, Segal McCambridge has a proven record of favorable summary judgments and verdicts in state and federal trial and appellate courts.

What We Do

We handle a variety of matters the cruise industry faces including passenger and crew sexual assault claims, complex Jones Act claims, unseaworthiness claims, maintenance and cure claims, mass infectious disease claims and food poisoning claims.

We also handle tort and contract claims for commercial shipowners and cargo claims including arrests of commercial vessels. State and federal courts have concurrent jurisdiction in maritime claims, and we have handled these matters in a variety of courts.

Who We Serve

  • Cargo ship operators
  • Commercial shipowners
  • Cruise concessionaires
  • Cruise lines
  • Private yacht owners

How We Do It

Each matter is approached with tireless preparation, a deep knowledge of maritime and admiralty law and skillful advocacy.

Beyond the courtroom, we work hand in hand with clients, advising on real-time decisions that may prevent or impact future litigation. We bring the full breadth and depth of our knowledge to limit liability and manage risk.


Carmen Y. Cartaya

Shareholder Fort Lauderdale, FL

Michelle E. Hardin

Senior Associate Fort Lauderdale, FL

Aleida M. Mielke

Shareholder Fort Lauderdale, FL

Ian P. Singer

Senior Associate Fort Lauderdale, FL