A long-standing litigation boutique in the San Francisco Bay Area
focused on admiralty, transportation, insurance and subrogation


Joshua E. Kirsch

Joshua E. Kirsch


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Practice Summary

Mr. Kirsch’s primary practice areas are insurance and maritime casualty litigation, including subrogation (cargo, property, hull, and workers’ compensation), insurance defense, insurance coverage, and general commercial litigation in both maritime and non-maritime areas.

Mr. Kirsch is an experienced trial lawyer active in every stage of litigation, from pre-suit through and including appeals. He has achieved successful results through mediation, settlement and trial in numerous cases, including seven figure recoveries for plaintiffs.  Mr. Kirsch’s published case results include Caravel/Woodwind Charters, Inc. v. Tahoe Keys Marina, LLC, 2008 AMC 321 (ED.Cal. 2007); Caravel/Woodwind Charters, Inc. v. Tahoe Keys Marina, LLC, 438 F.Supp.2d 1174 (E.D. Cal. 2006); Deltak, LLC v. Industrial Maritime Carriers Worldwide, 2004 AMC 1781 (N.D.Cal. 2004); and LG Electronics, Inc. v. Fritz Transportation International, 2002 AMC 106 (N.D. Cal. 2001).

Mr. Kirsch has been named as one of Northern California’s Super Lawyers by Super Lawyer Magazine every year since 2012.  This honor is awarded to those lawyers who are among the top five percent of Northern California attorneys based on input by their peers and review by a Blue Ribbon Panel.

Mr. Kirsch serves as the President of the Association of Marine Underwriters of San Francisco.


Certain Liability, Uncertain Property Damages: How Do You Recover? Subrogator, Fall 2006.

Cargo Subrogation: Avoiding Pitfalls and Putting Liable Parties on the Defensive Subrogator, Fall 2005 (co-written with Jennifer Tomlin Sanchez).

Mr. Kirsch was a regular contributor to the Pacific Coast Forum, a publication of the Board of Marine Underwriters of San Francisco, as the author of Case Notes and rotating editor.


Mr. Kirsch regularly speaks on cargo subrogation for various audiences, including the National Association of Subrogation Professionals and the National Property Subrogation Strategies Execusummit.


California State Bar Association
Bar Association of Los Angeles
National Association of Subrogation Professionals
The Maritime Law Association of the United States
The Canadian Board of Marine Underwriters
Association of Marine Underwriters of San Francisco (currently serving as President)
Pacific Admiralty Seminar (board member)

Educational Background

University of California, Berkeley School of Law, J.D. (1995)
U.C. Berkeley, B.A. in History (1990)


Danish, German, some Spanish