Justin is a civil litigation associate focusing on Maritime, Environmental, International Trade, and Transportation related matters.  

As a member of the Maritime Practice Group, Justin’s practice involves virtually all aspects of Maritime and Admiralty law where he regularly advises individuals and businesses in connection with Marine Insurance, Personal Injury, Vessel Finance, and Commercial Fishing & Aquaculture related disputes.  Justin also assists clients in the navigation of certain regulatory concerns involving the U.S. Coast Guard, the National Vessel Documentation Center, the Federal Maritime Commission, and Customs and Border Protection.   

During law school, Justin clerked for the Federal Maritime Commission and the Department of Justice (Torts Branch, Aviation & Admiralty Litigation Section) in Washington, D.C.  Prior to law school, Justin was a collegiate sailor, a sailing instructor, and an oyster farmer for one of the largest oyster companies on the Chesapeake Bay.

    • Education

      • J.D., Tulane University Law School, 2016
      • B.A., University of Virginia, 2012


      • American Bar Association
      • Maritime Law Association
      • Norfolk Portsmouth Bar Association
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    • Leadership

      • Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association, Member: Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee
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  • Provides insurance coverage analysis on a variety of marine insurance issues arising across the United States.
  • Assists in the defense of commercial and individual insureds on behalf of national marine insurance carriers across the United States.
  • Prepares experts for complex marine insurance defense litigation.
  • Has assisted a foreign vessel carrier in the expeditious release of its vessel from arrest and successfully defended a bunker broker’s necessaries claim against that vessel.
  • Has assisted naval architect in his defense against a shipbuilder’s breach of contract claim resulting in a defense jury verdict and pursued a successful breach of contract counterclaim against that shipbuilder.
  • Has assisted a national marine insurance carrier in connection with the favorable resolution of several commercial fishing property damage and lost catch claims against various insureds.
  • Has advised commercial aquaculture client as to Jones Act liability and assisted in the drafting of an amendment to the Jones Act concerning aquaculture workers.
  • Has negotiated and drafted a purchase and sale agreement for an antique wooden yacht and managed that yacht’s subsequent sale.
  • Has advised and favorably represented consignors and logistics brokers in connection with several transport disputes across the United States.


Invited Speaker, “Maritime Personal Injury and the Aquaculture Business,” East Coast Commercial Fishermen’s & Aquaculture Trade Exposition (January 2020)

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