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Admiralty & Marine Law

If you were injured onboard a vessel, barge, or on or even in the vicinity of any type of floating structure, call Heath Douglas or Frank Thackston at Lake Tindall!

Lake Tindall has a cumulative experience of over 100 years in the marine law business, both brown and blue water.  From Jones Act and Longshoreman lawsuits, to bridge and dam allusions, to preparing charters, you can rest assured that there is a Lake Tindall lawyer with extensive experience for all of your marine law needs. Persons who’ve been injured on boats, whether as a deckhand, pilot, engineer, or even a cook, need lawyers with experience handling Jones Act and Longshore injury cases. Heath Douglas and Frank Thackston have nearly sixty combined years of experience handling Jones Act and Longshore cases for clients injured on both the inland rivers of the United States and on “blue water” ocean rigs.

While the Jones Act, protecting workers injured while working in service of a vessel of any kind, even if the injury did not occur “on the water”, and Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act provide excellent remedies for the injured, clients need aggressive, marine lawyers to be their advocate.  Heath Douglas and Frank Thackston specialize in Jones Act and Longshore claims, having attained massive verdicts and settlements for their clients in the state and federal courts throughout the United States.

Recent settlements and verdicts within the past five years attained by Lake Tindall’s marine lawyers for Jones Act seamen include:

  1. $1,725,000
  2. $990,000
  3. $900,000
  4. $775,000
  5. $650,000
  6. $175,000

What Do Admiralty & Marine Lawyers Do?

Marine lawyers uphold maritime law, which is a facet of law that oversees all agreements, offenses, or injuries that take place on navigable waters (including lakes, rivers, oceans, etc). Attorneys specializing in admiralty and maritime law can handle any contracts or legal disputes that arise on bodies of water. What’s important to note is that maritime law is its own separate entity, separate in jurisdiction from local or national laws and regulations. The governing body responsible for overseeing, updating, and creating legal agreements with admiralty laws is the IMO, the International Maritime Organization.

When Do I Need a Marine Attorney?

Marine lawyers can help you with a number of different maritime law needs, including commerce, travel, cargo, and interactions with others on bodies of water. If disputes between yourself and another individual,  an employer, or a vessel on the water occur, a maritime lawyer can help you navigate the legal ramifications. Some examples of when you may require the services of a maritime attorney include:


  • A boat crashes into your boat dock, damaging it or injuring someone

  • You have a boat collision

  • Your boat crashes into a dock or vessel

  • Someone is injured on your boat

  • You have a water commerce trade or delivery dispute 

  • An employer has an employee event, injury, or legal dispute on a boat

  • An employee on a water vessel has a complaint or legal issue with an employer


Due to the fact that maritime law is overseen by the IMO and often has different laws and regulations than seen on nearby land, having a lawyer that specializes in marine law is imperative. These laws are unique and vary greatly from area to area, which means you will be well served to hire a marine lawyer for any disputes or issues that arise on a body of water.

Contact a Maritime Lawyer in Mississippi Today!

If the situation ever arises where you require the services of an admiralty or marine lawyer, Lake Tindall should be your first call! Our marine attorneys are seasoned professionals and can navigate the legal waters of maritime law expertly, bringing about the verdict you deserve!