The firm focuses on admirality and maritime law matters, and has substantial experience in the following areas:
Insurance Coverage & Bad Faith
The firm is regularly retained by insurers faced with coverage questions under first and third party policies. We have particular expertise in specialized maritime and transportation coverages, and with the California Insurance Code and Claims Regulations. We advise admitted and non-admitted insurers, TPA’s and cover note holders, and address coverage questions arising under CGL, MGL, Cargo, Hull, P+I, Freight Forwarder, Property, Marina, and Pollution policies, among others. We also defend Underwriters against lawsuits alleging breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing.
Maritime Casualty & Personal Injury
The firm maintains a substantial maritime casualty practice, including disputes involving charter parties, tug & tow, salvage, collision, and general average. Gibson Robb & Lindh LLP regularly defends maritime and non-maritime personal injury and death actions, including actions arising under the Jones Act, Section 905 (b) of the Longshore & Harborworkers Compensation Act, Death on the High Seas Act, General Maritime Law and recreational marine and marina accidents. The firm’s experience also includes the defense of landside premises liability and general negligence actions.
Marine & Inland Subrogation
We are an industry leader in subrogation, including cargo, marine, property, and workers’ compensation. We recover millions of dollars for our subrogation clients each year, benefitting insurance companies and their policyholders. Our results help improve insurers’ loss ratios, and help reduce the impact of insureds’ loss runs on future premiums.
We regularly advise and assist clients with negotiating and drafting contracts, including charter parties, towage, vessel purchase and sale, preferred ship mortgages, Project Cargo and contracts involving other property and services, including landside and construction issues. Our clients in this area include individuals, business entities, and governmental agencies and municipalities.
The firm possesses significant experience in assisting domestic and foreign clients with resolving commercial disputes, including prosecuting and defending such matters in both judicial and arbitral forums. Representative disputes in this area include purchase and sale agreements, distributor and franchise contracts, service contracts, charter parties, construction contracts, and a variety of other matters.
Product Liability & Asbestos Defense
Gibson Robb & Lindh LLP also commonly defends product liability actions on behalf of product manufacturers, distributors, retailers and other entities in the stream of commerce. The firm’s product liability practice includes the defense of construction defect cases and asbestos cases.