Maritime Law

Jeff McNamara Law, has accumulated 25 years of wisdom practicing Maritime law in the Washington and Alaska state areas. Unique among Seattle law firms, we have experience in the courtroom, on crab and seiene fishing decks, and on maritime insurance and claims resolution. If you or a loved one has been injured in a commercial vessel or commercial fishing accident, you need to ensure you are still able to put food on the table. The Jeff McNamara Law Firm, in downtown Edmonds, has been providing aggressive and effective maritime law representation since the 1980’s.

We represent all types of Jones Act Seaman:

  • All deckhands, Crab, seine, gillnet, tug and bluewater.
  • Factory trawler deck hands
  • Shipboard Engineers and galley crew.
  • And other maritime workers associated with the vessel.


SEINING: 1974, 1975, 1976: Southeastern Alaska; Deckhand, cook, cork pile, web pile, led pile, vessel maintenance and net repair. F/V MISS JULIE, F/V CAPE CHACON. Summer season.

1974: Kodiak Alaska; Deckhand, cook, cork pile, lead pile maintenance and net repair. F/V NAKNEK MADE. Summer season.

1985, 1986, 1994, 1995: False Pass Alaska; Deckhand, second skiff/ man, cork pile, led pile, web pile, vessel maintenance and net repair. F/V MISS JULIE. Summer season.

  • ***Also fished Dutch Harbor, Herring Seine Fishery each False Pass Year on MISS JULIE and local chum salmon and hump salmon fisheries.

BRISTOL BAY DRIFT: 1987: Bristol Bay, Alaska; Deckhand on Bristol Bay, Gillnett vessel. F/V OUTSIDER. Summer season.

BERING SEA CRAB FISHING: 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981: Alaska; Deckhand, cook, engineer, deckboss, on crab fishing vessels including all responsibilities in vessel preparation, gear building, shipyard maintenance, navigation, all deck work at sea in crab fisheries of red and blue king crab and tanner and opillio crab (bairdi), Seasons. F/V STARFISH, F/V PACIFIC MIST, F/V PACIFIC MARINER, F/V NORTH PACIFIC, F/V KEVLEEN K, F/V POLAR SEA, F/V HUSKY*, F/V VIKING EXPLORER**.

  • * (Summer seasons salmon tendering=Same vessel Prince William Sound, Bristol Bay, Alaska)
  • **(Mid winter herring tendering= Togiak, Alaska)


**This section is for other maritime attorneys who are seeking to retain an expert in a maritime lawsuit and require a written report.

Retainer: $6,000.00

Hourly Rate: $400.00: Vessel Inspections / Depositions / Review of Opposing Experts/ Rate at trial $2,000.00 per day.


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