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Gawthrop Greenwood represents local, national and international transportation companies in their maritime and transportation needs, specializing in Shipping, Motor Carrier and Trucking, Rail and Aviation.

Our attorneys are experienced in all facets of commercial transactions, financing, regulatory and legislative issues, environmental issues, casualty litigation and contract disputes including:

Commercial Transactions and Finance

  • Construction and repair contracts
  • Agreements of sale and purchase
  • Leasing including vessel charters
  • Debt financing
  • Lease financing
  • Management agreements
  • Crewing agreements

Legislative and Compliance

  • Represent clients before various governmental agencies including the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Surface Transportation Board and U.S. Customs and Border Protection
  • Advise clients on legislation and track pending legislation

Jones Act Trade

  • Vessel documentation and registration
  • Advise clients on compliance with coastwise trade laws and U.S. citizenship requirements
  • Represent clients with various legislative bodies and government agencies (including the U.S. Maritime Administration, U.S. Coast Guard, Federal Maritime Commission, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency)
  • Foreign transfer orders and waivers
  • Rebuild classifications for vessels
  • Government sponsored programs for the marine industry such as Title XI and government contracts
  • Bowater certifications


  • Assist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Coast Guard with respect to pollution investigations and casualties
  • Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and similar statutory frameworks
  • Advise clients on import/export issues involving the Toxic Substances Control Act to the foreign sale and operation of vessels
  • Assist clients with gaining necessary government approvals for the recycling of Vessels domestically and overseas


  • Claim adjustments, trials and arbitrations in federal and state courts regarding personal injury, casualty, pollution incidents, and lien enforcements
  • Cost recovery actions and the defense of claims arising out of collisions, allisions, groundings, pollution incidents and cargo claims
  • Litigation involving enforcement of maritime contracts, creditors’ rights, and bankruptcy claims

We stay up-to-the-minute on relevant issues as active members of industry groups, and by participating as speakers at conferences and industry meetings.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, please call 610-696-8225 or click here.

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