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Admiralty & Maritime Law

Providing Legal Representation in Florida, Massachusetts & Texas

Three Cruise ShipsThe maritime and admiralty law firm of Brais Law Firm bring to bear on your behalf two board certified maritime attorneys with more than 28 years combined trial experience. The lawyers with the law firm have vast experience with maritime claims involving personal injury or death on navigable waters, yacht & boat owner marine insurance disputes and unsafe marine products. The attorneys at the law firm of Brais Law Firm with offices in Miami, Florida, Boston, Massachusetts and Houston, Texas are here to help.

Admiralty and maritime law is a highly specialized area of the law so much so, that the Florida Bar established a board certification in this field. In 1996, Keith Brais qualified for and passed the first ever Florida Bar certification examination in the field of admiralty and maritime Law. In each of the five year intervals following, Keith Brais again qualified and renewed his board certification which currently remains valid through April 31st, 2012. As such, Keith Brais has been a board certified admiralty and maritime attorney in this highly specialized area of law for 15 years.

You may well have been completely unaware that maritime law governs your claim. If, however, you or a loved one suffered an accident or injury while traveling or working as any one of the following than you should contact a lawyer who specializes the field of maritime and admiralty law:

  • Cruise Ship Passenger
  • Yacht Guest
  • Ferry Passenger
  • Airplane Passenger
  • Commercial fisherman
  • Long Liner
  • Shrimper
  • Crew Member
  • Jones Act Seaman
  • Merchant Marine
  • Brown Water Seaman
  • Ship Worker or Repairman
  • Offshore Oil Rig Worker
  • Longshoreman Dock Worker
  • Harbor Worker

Generally speaking maritime law also governs all accidents occurring on inland, coastal and ocean navigable waterways, including injuries aboard sea-going vessels, cruise ships, yachts, ferries, tugs, barges, oil rigs, riverboats, pilot boats and fishing boats.

Navigable waters means waterways that have direct or indirect access to the ocean versus a land locked lake. In certain instances even an airboat accident in the everglades may be controlled by maritime law. “Admiralty and maritime Law” is principally made up of Federal Statues, International Treaties and federal common law, otherwise known as “general maritime law”. In certain instances, courts deciding a case based upon maritime law may even “borrow” state law to the extent it is not inconsistent with well-established principles of maritime law. A maritime practitioner will one day be in state court arguing a federal statute and the next be in federal court citing to an international maritime treaty.

Hiring a law firm that specializes in the field of law governing your claim will give you a significant advantage and, more likely than not, a better outcome over hiring a “general practice firm.” Brais Law Firm was formed based upon the principle that clients in need of legal maritime expertise are best protected and served by attorneys who specialize in and have dedicated their professional lives to maritime law. We are not the answer to all clients’ problems. On the other hand, if your claim concerns admiralty and maritime law in the States of Florida, Massachusetts or Texas then the law firm of Brais Law Firm is here to help. Your selecting the board certified maritime lawyers at Brais Law Firm to represent your interests may well be the most important factor influencing a favorable financial resolution to your maritime claim.

The attorneys at the law firm of Brais Law Firm have the experience to protect your rights, the compassion to serve your needs, and the skill to obtain the compensation you deserve. To reach our lawyers you may click email the firm, call 800-499-0551 from within the U.S., Skype BraisLaw worldwide or click Contact Us to select and complete a form for a free evaluation of your case.

Client Reviews
After my accident I contacted them right away. I was able to see them the same day and was kept in contact throughout the process. Everyone in the office was very accommodating, polite and professional. I highly recommend Brais Law and think very highly of their lead attorneys. They helped me WIN my case, and I am forever grateful. They went above and beyond to assist me. Thank you all so very much. H.S.
The entire law firm of Brais Law were extremely helpful in handling my snorkeling accident. The firm takes customer service to a new level, not only being readily available, but courteous, respectful, sympathetic, and empathetic. The firm, especially Keith and Karla, were always quick to return calls, offer updates, and provide guidance and information. There is no comparison when it comes to firms. If you need legal advice or representation, especially concerning maritime events, contact Keith and his crew first and save yourself a lot of time and heartache! J.C.
I was looking to refer a client injured on a cruise ship and had the pleasure of speaking to Keith. Keith was extremely helpful and he took time out of his day to provide some guidance. If you're looking for a Admiralty & Maritime /Personal Injury Lawyer in Florida, I would highly recommend Brais Law Firm! T.C.