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Protecting the Rights of Those Injured at Sea for more than 50 Years

Maritime Attorneys Experienced on Deck and in the Court Room

Maritime claims are unusually specialized and complex requiring Attorneys with not only superior knowledge of the intricacies and complexities of maritime law, but also a practical understanding of how vessels operate within the various marine industries in compliance with maritime law. This intersection of knowledge and experience defines the true maritime lawyer and is acquired only after specialized studies and time working at sea. As important as a medical internship, do not risk trusting your specialized claim with a "maritime attorney" lacking this intersection of knowledge and experience. Unlike most law firms, our attorneys have the legal, on deck and court room experience it takes to successfully handle your unique maritime claim.

Seattle Maritime Attorneys represents the combined skills and more than 50 years of maritime law experience offered by maritime attorneys John Merriam and Gordon Webb. It addition to more than 50 years of combined maritime law experience, both Gordon Webb and John Merriam, unlike most other lawyers, have significant maritime knowledge and practical experience acquired from over 15 years of combined experience working at sea.

Working together, and with other maritime law attorneys nationwide as needed, we provide skilled representation on behalf of nearly everyone who has been injured on or near the water — cruise ship passengers, pleasure boaters, tug and barge workers, ferry workers, oil rig workers, seafood processors, commercial fishermen, merchant seamen and many others.

Although Mr. Webb's and Mr. Merriam's offices are close to Puget Sound, they regularly handle Jones Act and maritime injury cases originating from all over the globe and from all parts of the North American continent, including the Gulf of Alaska, the Bering Sea, the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico.

Whomever you are and however or wherever you were injured, our attorneys will work closely with you to identify your unique needs and to aggressively pursue the compensation you are entitled to receive.


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Our practice focuses on two general types of claims:

  • Employment-related claims - Jones Act Claims — These cases involve wage claims or injuries to people who work on tugs , ferries, barges, cargo vessels , oil platforms, commercial fishing boats , offshore seafood processors, cruise ships and other marine vessels.
  • Passenger claims — These cases include cruise ship passenger injury claims, accidents involving yachts and other pleasure boats, and injuries to passengers on ferry boats or fishing and sightseeing charters.

We Put the Wind Back in Your Sails

You've been through enough and shouldn't have to spend any more time dealing with difficult legal problems, insurance companies or employers. Let us take care of these troubles for you. Contact us today for a free initial consultation with a highly skilled and experienced maritime law attorney.

Our nationwide toll free number is 877-800-1007 .

Our local numbers are 425-454-3800 (Bellevue) and 206-729-5252 (Seattle).

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