Palmer attorneys have a wealth of experience in drafting, evaluating and negotiating contracts on behalf of businesses and individuals for a wide array of transactions including contracts of affreightment, bills of lading, charter parties, vessel sale and purchase contracts, vessel construction and repair contracts and marine finance documents. When drafting and negotiating contracts our goal in each case is to achieve the most favorable terms and conditions obtainable and to minimize risks and uncertainty for the client. We also routinely assist both commercial and recreational vessel owners with the documentation and titling of vessels at the national or state level and provide advice regarding the potential tax consequences associated with vessel purchases.

When a contract dispute arises we are often called upon by clients to advise them of their contractual rights and obligations and to represent their interests in mediation, arbitration and other forms of alternative dispute resolution proceedings that may be required under the contract. When alternative dispute resolution mechanisms are unavailable, our skilled and seasoned litigators represent clients in court proceedings involving contract disputes in many local and federal jurisdictions.

A related core practice area of the firm is the representation of insurers and reinsurers in connection with insurance coverage disputes. Please refer to the Insurance and Reinsurance practice area pages of our site.

Please contact one of our senior attorneys to discuss your contract drafting or dispute resolution needs.