Justin Guthrie is a litigation associate who focuses his practice on maritime and admiralty law where he has experience litigating marine casualties involving recreational, commercial, and ocean-going vessels. As a P&I Port Correspondent, Justin is regularly called on to provide the P&I Clubs and their ocean carrier members with legal advice, on-scene casualty investigation, regulatory assistance, and related services for legal matters arising in the Port of Savannah, including defending vessel interests in state and federal court. Justin also advises individuals, businesses, and insurance carriers concerning maritime personal injury and property damage, oil spill liability, vessel finance, logistical disputes, and commercial fishing and aquaculture-related casualties. In addition to assisting clients’ litigation needs, he also helps navigate certain regulatory concerns involving the U.S. Coast Guard, the National Vessel Documentation Center, the Federal Maritime Commission, and Customs and Border Protection.
Justin is admitted to practice in the state courts of Georgia and Virginia; the U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of Georgia, Middle District of Georgia, and Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; and the U.S. Court of International Trade. Additionally, he holds Qualification Certificates from the International Group of P&I Clubs with respect to his work as a P&I Correspondent.
Justin earned his J.D. and Certificate of Specialization in Maritime Law from Tulane University and his B.A. in Foreign Affairs & International Relations from the University of Virginia. During law school, Justin was an editor on the Tulane Maritime Law Journal, and he clerked for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Aviation & Admiralty litigation division and the Federal Maritime Commission in Washington, D.C. Prior to law school, Justin was a collegiate sailor, a U.S. Sailing instructor and racer, and an oyster farmer for one of the largest aquaculture oyster companies on the Chesapeake Bay.
Tulane University Law School: J.D., 2016
University of Virginia: B.A., Foreign Affairs & International Relations, 2012
Issues in Maritime Products Liability
Co-presented at the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys’ Annual Meeting in Virginia Beach, Virginia, in October 2023.
Fisheries Recent Case Update
Presented at the Maritime Law Association’s Fall Meeting in San Francisco, California, in October 2023.
Fisheries Recent Case Update
Presented at the Maritime Law Association’s Spring Meeting in New York, New York, in May 2023.
The Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, and Eleventh Circuit Update
Presented at the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute (SEALI) Annual Seminar in Louisville, Kentucky, in June 2022.
Maritime Personal Injury and the Aquaculture Business
Presented at the East Coast Commercial Fishermen’s & Aquaculture Trade Exposition in January 2020.
A Practical Guide to the Limitation of Liability Act
Presented to the Mid-Atlantic Mariner’s Club in October 2019.
Navigating Marine Insurance from the Insured’s Point of View
Presented to the Virginia Yacht Club in October 2018.
Shedding Light on the Legal Side of Aquaculture
Presented at the Virginia Aquaculture Conference in November 2017.
March 10, 2023
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