Lawyers of the firm represent shipowners, operators and charterers, P&I Clubs, Defense Clubs, Hull Underwriters, and other marine interests making up the International Maritime Community.

They also represent underwriters and insurers in the domestic market insuring yachts, tugs, barges, and other marine risks. 

In addition to litigation involving maritime personal injuries and deaths, cargo claims, collisions, damage to docks and other structures, groundings, and other matters of maritime tort and contract, they also routinely conduct shipboard and other on site investigations and protect the interests of the firm’s maritime clients in dealing with stowaways and other Immigration problems, Customs issues, problems associated with Coast Guard regulations and other aspects of United States Law bearing on maritime commerce. 

They also handle problems arising out of the application of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 ("OPA 90") and supervise oil spill cleanup activities not only in the Port of Mobile but on the navigable rivers of Alabama and all across the coastal areas of Alabama , Mississippi, and Northwest Florida. Locally they represent a shipyard, marine surveyors, commercial divers, and other maritime interests. 

Our Attorneys

Jeffrey Beaverstock
Partner ~ Mobile, Alabama|
(251) 345-8258
(251) 344-9696
Daniel Burkard
Associate ~ Mobile, Alabama|
(251) 345-8220
(251) 344-9696
Bess Creswell
Partner ~ Mobile, Alabama|
(251) 345-8245
Kasee Heisterhagen
Associate ~ Mobile, Alabama|
(251) 345-8244
(251) 706-2446
John Kavanagh, Jr.
Partner ~ Mobile, Alabama|
(251) 345-8246
(251) 344-9696
Marion Quina, Jr.
Counsel ~ Mobile, Alabama|
(251) 345-8255
(251) 344-9696
Bill Wasden
Partner ~ Mobile, Alabama|
(251) 345-8230
(251) 344-9696
Turner Williams
Partner ~ Birmingham, Alabama|
(205) 458-5205
(205) 244-5739

Experience Matters

Brief sentence defining representative matters.

  • Construction Contract Negotiation

    Retained by contractor to draft and negotiate contract for the construction of a manufacturing plant in South Alabama.
  • Maritime Insurance

    Represented maritime commercial property insurer in dispute with commercial policyholder relative to insurance claim arising from Hurricane Katrina.
  • Maritime Insurance

    Represented maritime insurer in pursuit of action for declaratory judgment construing insurance policy for vessel and to defend breach of contract and bad faith claims arising out of the sinking of yacht off the Alabama coast. Trial resulted in verdict in favor of maritime insurer on bad faith claim.


  • “We deal with the maritime attorneys in the firm. They follow instructions well and submit timely reports. They are easy to work with and try to facilitate the best possible results. They have maritime expertise. Certain attorneys in the firm have committed their careers to the maritime industry.”

    -Chambers 2012

  • “The coordination between each individual attorney appeared smooth. I was happy with the client service.”

    -Chambers 2012