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Comprehensive Services From Mt. Pleasant Admiralty and Maritime Law Attorneys



Our Charleston, SC Maritime Attorneys cover the waterfront in the field of maritime and admiralty law. We represent boat owners, captains, commercial shipping companies, injured commercial seamen, people injured in pleasure boating accidents and others. We handle local legal claims as well as international claims on behalf of local clients.

Our Charleston, South Carolina, maritime law attorneys can help with a wide range of maritime legal issues:

If your legal needs involve admiralty and maritime law, please contact the Experienced Charleston, SC Maritime Lawyers at  John Hughes Cooper, P.C. in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. We can explain your options and what we can do to assist you.

Admiralty Jurisdiction and Choice of Forum

Because admiralty law is different from landside law in many respects, one of the first steps that must be taken in any case is to determine which body of law will apply. The admiralty preemption doctrine provides that most maritime matters are of such national (rather than local) character and concern that federal law pertaining to such matters takes precedence over state law.

Generally, the courts of the states have concurrent jurisdiction with the federal courts over claims within the scope of federal admiralty jurisdiction. Whenever claims are within the scope of federal admiralty jurisdiction, the plaintiff may choose — with certain exceptions — to bring his or her action in state court, with the right to a jury trial, or federal court, with no right to a jury trial. If there is a basis for federal jurisdiction independent of admiralty jurisdiction, a plaintiff may choose to bring his or her action in federal court, on the civil side, with the right to a jury trial. The Jones Act — enacted to protect seamen employed on ships and sea-going vessels — provides for the right to a jury trial in state or federal courts.

At John Hughes Cooper, P.C., our attorneys are experienced at choosing the right forum for each case. If you have questions regarding admiralty and maritime law, please call or email us for a free, confidential consultation with no obligation.

From our law office in Mount Pleasant, John Hughes Cooper, P.C. handles admiralty law and maritime law cases throughout coastal South Carolina (the Lowcountry), the Pee Dee region, communities surrounding Lake Marion and Lake Moultrie, and elsewhere in the Southeast. The communities we serve include Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Isle of Palms, Sullivan's Island, Georgetown, Beaufort, Hilton Head, North Myrtle Beach, Myrtle Beach, Edisto Island, Walterboro, Pawley's Island, Murrells Inlet, Little River, Conway, Columbia, Florence, Charleston County, Georgetown County, Berkeley County, Beaufort County, Horry County, Jasper County and Colleton County.

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