Overview

HunterMaclean’s admiralty and maritime practice group offers a variety of maritime-related legal services ranging from litigation and regulatory compliance advice to casualty investigations and environmental pollution claims.

Attorneys in the Firm’s admiralty law practice area represent all of the world’s major Protection and Indemnity Clubs, as well as top domestic marine insurers, ship owners, ship charterers, freight forwarders, NVOCCs, global cruise lines, marinas, and shipyards in a number of landmark cases.

Our extensive experience in legal challenges includes personal injury matters, oil spills, collisions, maritime contract and charter party disputes, customs fines, stowaways, illegal aliens, and arrest cases. Because our talented team understands the unique concerns of the maritime client, we can offer creative solutions that help clients meet their goals as efficiently and effectively as possible. With offices in the Georgia port cities of Savannah and Brunswick, HunterMaclean is uniquely positioned to respond quickly to client needs.

HunterMaclean’s admiralty attorneys remain up-to-date on the newest developments in maritime law through active participation in maritime law and industry trade associations, including the Maritime Law Association of the United States, the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, and the Propeller Club of the United States.

Publications & Presentations

Publications

The Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Container Weight Verification Requirement: An Update

Implementation of the recent SOLAS regulations regarding Verified Gross Mass (VGM) has been a weighty issue for the maritime industry. Attorneys Colin McRae and Chris “Smitty” Smith discuss the challenges behind implementation.

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Ship-to-Shore: Logistics and Liability

If you have ever ordered an item online, bought a new iPhone, or picked up a ripe California orange at the grocery store, you have utilized the enormous web of logistics that transports cargo around the world. In their article for Elegant Island Living, attorneys Colin McRae and Brad Harmon explain the complicated business of logistics liability.

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Does US Maritime Law Require a Captain to “Go Down With the Ship"?

The recent South Korean ferry disaster has brought back into the limelight the age-old adage about a captain’s responsibility to “go down with the ship.” Was his refusal to remain onboard this sinking ship, and follow it to the bottom of the sea, a violation of the law?

 

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Liability Laws Affecting Inland Logistics

HunterMaclean partner Brad Harmon explores the intricacies of liability issues in the inland logistics industry, offering valuable advice to shippers, carriers, and third-party logistics providers.

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Navigating Maritime Law and Liability

HunterMaclean partner Colin McRae discusses the unique maritime laws governing the transport of cargo at sea.

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Recreational Boating and the Law

Maritime attorney Colin McRae explores liability issues related to recreational boating, explaining why the law can be different at sea than on land.

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How Maritime Law Affects You

This article for Business in Savannah discusses timely maritime law issues.

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Update on the Eleventh, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Circuits

Chapter by Colin A. McRae published in the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute Program Materials for the Annual Seminar on June 26-27, 2009.

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Court of Appeals Decision Could Alter Rules on Liability for Inland Carriers

By Colin A. McRae, published on November 13, 2006, in Savannah Business Report.

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit essentially torpedoed the Supreme Court’s attempt in 2004 to establish a uniform policy for dealing with loss and damage claims on intermodal shipments moving in international commerce.

“This is an important decision that will impact a number of area companies,” said Colin McRae, a maritime attorney and partner at the law firm of HunterMaclean. “Transportation of cargo is big business in coastal Georgia.”

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Admiralty - A Review of the Eleventh Circuit's Opinions in 2002

By Colin A. McRae, published on July 9, 2003, in Mercer Law Review 54, no. 4.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit published four opinions dealing with Admiralty issues in 2002. While the total number of opinions is not as high as in recent years, the court addressed numerous issues that are relevant and important in today’s Admiralty practice. The court dealt with coverage under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (“LHWCA”), cargo liability limitation by inland carriers through a Himalaya clause in an ocean bill of lading, protection and indemnity coverage for cargo damage claims, the doctrine of forum non conveniens, and the applicable law to be used by federal courts sitting in diversity. In addition to these four Eleventh Circuit cases, there were two Supreme Court cases involving preemption in the maritime arena that will be very important to Admiralty practitioners.

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Admiralty - A Review of the Eleventh Circuit's Opinions in 2001

By Colin A. McRae, published on July 9, 2002, in Mercer Law Review 53, no. 4.

The Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit handed down ten opinions dealing with admiralty law during the calendar year 2001. Five of these cases dealt with the traditional admiralty concepts of allision, maintenance and cure, the “savings to suitors” clause, marine insurance and indemnity. The Eleventh Circuit also decided three cargo cases dealing with the unsettled package limitation of the Carriage of Goods by Seas Act. Finally, two cases called on the Court to decide how to reconcile traditional admiralty principles with new federal environmental legislation, showing the increased interplay between environmental resource protection and admiralty law.

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Admiralty - A Review of the Eleventh Circuit's Opinions in 2000

By Colin A. McRae, published on July 9, 2001, in Mercer Law Review 52, no. 4.

The Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit decided fourteen admiralty cases with written opinions in 2000. These cases can generally be divided into three broad categories: (1) cases involving the interpretation of federal statutes such as The Americans with Disabilities Act, (“ADA”), the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (“FSIA”), the Suits in Admiralty Act (“SAA”), The Carriage of Goods By Sea Act (“COGSA”), and the Federal Maritime Lien Act (“FMLA”); (2) cases involving the interplay of admiralty law and state law in suits involving claims for attorney fees, the application of laches, and marine insurance issues; and (3) cases involving traditional maritime issues such as the interpretation of maritime contracts, salvage law and sovereign immunity.

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Presentations

Navigating the Troubled Waters of the Law of Salvage

Presented by Colin A. McRae to the Hilton Head Sail & Power Squadron in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, on September 8, 2014.

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Vessel Surge and Wash Damage Claims under U.S. Maritime Law

Lecture delivered by David F. Sipple to Skuld and Swedish P&I Clubs in Oslo, Norway and Gothenburg, Sweden in June 2012.

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Recent Maritime Law Developments in the Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and Eleventh Circuits

Presented at the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute 2012 Annual Seminar in Amelia Island, Florida, on June 30, 2012, by HunterMaclean Attorneys.

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Update on the Eleventh, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Circuits

Presented by Colin A. McRae at the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute Annual Seminar on June 26, 2009.

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News

HunterMaclean Honored with Nine First-Tier Rankings in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2018 “Best Law Firms”

HunterMaclean was honored to be recognized with nine first-tier rankings in the 2018 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.” Best Lawyers is recognized as the oldest and one of the most esteemed peer review guides in the legal profession worldwide.

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HunterMaclean Honored with Eight First-Tier Rankings in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2017 “Best Law Firms”

HunterMaclean was honored to be recognized with eight first-tier rankings in the 2017 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.” The complete list of rankings is published on the U.S. News website.

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Fifteen HunterMaclean Attorneys Recognized as 2016 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Ten HunterMaclean attorneys were recently selected as 2016 Georgia Super Lawyers and five attorneys as 2016 Rising Stars. The prestigious Super Lawyers honor, awarded annually, represents the top five percent of attorneys in each state in the nation.

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HunterMaclean Honored with Eight First-Tier Rankings in U.S. News – Best Lawyers® 2016 “Best Law Firms”

HunterMaclean was recently honored with eight first-tier rankings in the 2016 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.” The complete list of rankings is published on the U.S. News web site.

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20 HunterMaclean Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016

HunterMaclean, a leading business law firm with offices in Savannah and Brunswick, is pleased to announce that 20 attorneys from the firm were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016.

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Georgia CEO: HunterMaclean Marks 135 Years in the Practice of Law

The year 2014 marks the 135th anniversary of HunterMaclean. Lucy Adams from Georgia CEO interviewed Managing Partner Frank Macgill regarding HunterMaclean’s history, areas of expertise, milestone anniversary, and future.

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The Creative Coast 'Front Porch' Podcast with Colin McRae

podcast-Icons-OPT2ASavannah maritime and logistics attorney Colin McRae is interviewed on the Creative Coast podcast series, the Front Porch. His conversation with Creative Coast executive director Bea Wray touched on the port, maritime lawlogistics, Critical Issues, and the  great work that the Maritime Logistics Education Task Force (MLET) is doing to bring the next generation into the logistics field.

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Fifteen HunterMaclean Attorneys Honored as 2014 Georgia Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Atlanta magazine just announced the top attorneys in the state of Georgia, and 15 attorneys at HunterMaclean were named either Georgia Super Lawyers or Rising Stars.

 

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HunterMaclean Attorneys Selected as Georgia Trend 2013 Legal Elite

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that Georgia Trend recently honored five HunterMaclean attorneys in the magazine’s annual “Legal Elite” ranking, which recognizes top attorneys in the state of Georgia.

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HunterMaclean Honored in 2014 Edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms”

HunterMaclean recently earned nine First Tier and four Second Tier rankings in the 2014 edition of  U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms.”

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Daniel R. Crook and Edgar M. Smith Named Partners at HunterMaclean

Two accomplished attorneys, Daniel R. Crook and Edgar M. Smith, have been named Partners at HunterMaclean.

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25 HunterMaclean Attorneys Selected for The Best Lawyers in America® 2014

HunterMaclean is pleased to announce that 25 lawyers from the firm were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014.

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HunterMaclean Attorneys Honored as Georgia Super Lawyers, Rising Stars

Nine HunterMaclean attorneys were recently recognized as Georgia Super Lawyers. Two of the firm’s partners were also named Rising Stars.

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HunterMaclean Honored with First-Tier Rankings in 2013 Edition of U.S. News - Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”

Nine HunterMaclean practices were recognized by U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers withFirst-Tier rankings.

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28 HunterMaclean Attorneys Among 'Best'

HunterMaclean, a business law firm with offices in Savannah and Brunswick, has announced that 28 lawyers from the firm were selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013.

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HunterMaclean Creates Transportation Law Practice Team

HunterMaclean’s Transportation Law Practice Team unites the firm’s shipping, maritime, trucking and litigation experts to offer optimal representation for new and existing clients.

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Court of Appeals Decision Could Alter Rules on Liability for Inland Carriers

By Colin A. McRae, published on November 13, 2006, in Savannah Business Report.

A recent decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit essentially torpedoed the Supreme Court’s attempt in 2004 to establish a uniform policy for dealing with loss and damage claims on intermodal shipments moving in international commerce.

“This is an important decision that will impact a number of area companies,” said Colin McRae, a maritime attorney and partner at the law firm of HunterMaclean. “Transportation of cargo is big business in coastal Georgia.”

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Videos & Podcasts

Videos

2015 Savannah logistics Lunch perishables panel

Savannah Logistics Lunch 2015

The inaugural Savannah Logistics Lunch, presented by HunterMaclean and the Center for Innovation in Logistics, featured a panel discussion on the growth of cold chain and perishables through the Port of Savannah.

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Podcasts

Savannah Logistics Lunch 2015

Podcast: Savannah Logistics Lunch August 18, 2015

The first Annual Savannah Logistics Lunch was held at the Embassy Suites Savannah Airport on August 18, 2015.  The Logistics Lunch was presented by HunterMaclean and the Center for Innovation in Logistics, and offered a regional, in-depth focus from the Georgia Logistics Summit.

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Spotlight

Savannah Logistics Lunch 2015 SRO attendance

Inaugural Savannah Logistics Lunch Focused on Perishables

The Savannah Logistics Lunch presented a regional, in-depth focus from the Georgia Logistics Summit. The inaugural 2015 event featured a panel discussion on the growth of cold chain and perishables in the coastal Georgia region.

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HunterMaclean Critical Issues Forum on Logistics

The 2013 HunterMaclean Critical Issues Forum addressed the logistics industry, which is a major economic engine for the port cities of Savannah and Brunswick and for the entire state of Georgia.  A moderated panel addressed global competitiveness, infrastructure, technology, human resources, workforce needs, and much more.  Includes a 3-minute highlight video and link to a video of the full 1-hour program.

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