Our attorneys represent ship and barge owners, operators and charterers, recreational marine companies and manufacturers, marinas, warehouses, logistics operations, shipyards and repair yards, maritime service industries and other interests involved in the domestic and international maritime community.

Our Maritime attorneys also handle matters arising out of the discharge of oil and other hazardous material into navigable waters, including issues covered by the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 ("OPA 90").  We have assisted clients with USCG and DOJ investigations/charges arising from the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (“APPS”), and have relationships with criminal defense counsel to immediately attend and participate with as needed during onboard inquiries and later phases of these investigations.

Areas of representation include:

  • Cargo Claims
  • Coast Guard Regulations
  • Customs Issues
  • Immigration Matters
  • Maritime Contracts – Drafting, Review and Disputes
  • Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Defense
  • Pollution Events, including Criminal Defense of APPS Charges
  • Property Damage to Docks and Other Structures
  • Shipboard and other On-site Investigations



Our attorneys are well-versed in the intricacies of legal issues involved in the logistics of transporting goods and materials via intermodal operations. As a full-service law firm, Burr & Forman provides a team of attorneys from across multiple practice areas to handle the inter-related aspects of logistics law including regulatory compliance, transactions, litigation and dispute resolution.

Areas of representation include:

  • Compliance
  • Customs Laws
  • Intellectual Property Protection
  • International Trade
  • International Trade Agreements: FTA, NAFTA, and GATT/WTO
  • Litigation, Regulatory, Transactional, and Contractual Matters 
  • Supply Chain Disputes
  • Tariffs and Quotas

Please click here for a full listing of our Maritime Emergency Response Team members.
Our response team members are ready—24 / 7 / 365.  In the event of an incident, please contact any of our members directly. 

Our Attorneys

Jeffrey Beaverstock
Partner ~ Mobile, Alabama|
(251) 345-8258
(251) 344-9696
Ken Bryant
Partner ~ Nashville, Tennessee|
(615) 724-3240
(615) 724-3340
Daniel Burkard
Associate ~ Mobile, Alabama|
(251) 345-8220
(251) 344-9696
Bess Creswell
Partner ~ Mobile, Alabama|
(251) 345-8245
Baya Harrison IV
Associate ~ Orlando, Florida|
(407) 540-6661
(407) 540-6601
Kasee Heisterhagen
Associate ~ Mobile, Alabama|
(251) 345-8244
(251) 706-2446
John Kavanagh, Jr.
Partner ~ Mobile, Alabama|
(251) 345-8246
Cell: (251) 423-0826
(251) 344-9696
Laurence Litow
Managing Partner ~ Ft. Lauderdale, Florida|
(954) 414-6222
(954) 337-3710
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.

  • 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.
  • Construction Contract Negotiation

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


  • “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