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Allan R. Kelley

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Miami
305.789.9208

akelley@fowler-white.com
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Allan Kelley has practiced maritime law with the firm for more than 35 years. He has served on the firm's Management, Hiring, Long Range Planning and Pension Committees. He regularly represents all areas of the marine industry, including major cargo carriers, cruise lines, commercial vessel owners, operators and charterers, pleasure vessel owners, marina operators, terminal operators, related marine interests and their insurers and the insurance industry, protection and indemnity, hull and machinery, legal liability, cargo and inland marine policies.

Practice Focus

Allan handles both litigation and transactional matters. He has defended catastrophic injury and wrongful death claims, substantial loss or property damage claims, and insurance coverage issues involving all kinds of vessels. He has handled limitation of liability actions involving vessel sinkings, collisions, multiple claimants with serious injuries, wrongful death and property damage, and the defense and prosecution of vessel arrest proceedings. He has obtained million dollar recoveries in charter party disputes, product liability and subrogation actions. He has also handled the purchase and sale of vessels, the formation of cruise and cargo lines and negotiated and drafted the contracts related thereto, including purchase and sale agreements, charter parties, management, crew, concessionaire, construction and repair contracts.

As a seasoned maritime attorney with extensive trial and appellate experience, Allan gives his clients the benefit of his in-depth industry perspective and knowledge to resolve matters efficiently and effectively whether by negotiation, at trial or on appeal.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • The Florida Bar, Admiralty Law Committee
    • Past Chairman
    • Frequent Speaker
  • The Florida Bar, Admiralty and Maritime Law Certification Committee
    • Chair, 2014-2015
    • Vice Chair, 2013
  • Dade County Bar Association
  • Sea Cargo Americas International Congress & Exhibition, Steering Committee
    • Moderator
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
    • Past Board of Director
    • Proctor
  • Southeast Admiralty Law Institute, Long Range Planning Committee
    • Speaker
  • The Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Miami
    • Past President
    • Member of the Year
  • American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice, Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee
  • Federal Bar Association, Transportation Law Section
  • Defense Research Institute
  • St. Rose of Lima Church and School, Development and Finance Boards
  • The Florida Youth Tennis Foundation
    • Board of Directors

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, "McBride v. Estis Well Service, L.L.C. - Availability of Punitive Damages in Unseaworthiness Injury, Death and Zone of Danger Cases," ABA TIPS Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee, April 2014
  • Speaker, "Peculiar Maritime Remedies and Damages: In rem prospects, Bankruptcy, Bonds, and Maritime Liens,"  The Admiralty Law & Federal Litigation Sections of the Federal Bar Association's THE COSTA CONCORDIA: WHAT IF THIS HAPPENED IN U.S. WATERS?, August 2014
  • Speaker, "Evolving Issues in Cruise Industry Litigation," Cruise Line International Association Leadership Forum, Legal and Insurance Seminar, November 2013
  • Speaker, "Maritime Damages Post Townsend," Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute Seminar, June 2012
  • Speaker, "Recent Developments in Maritime Law," Cruise Line International Association Leadership Forum, Legal and Insurance Seminar, December 2011
  • Speaker, "Recent Developments in DOSHA, the Jones Act, Limitation of Liability, and Maritime Legislation," Cruise Line International Association Leadership Forum, Legal and Insurance Seminar, November 2010
  • Speaker, “The Current Status of Punitive Damages in Maritime Cases and Its Effect on Maintenance and Cure Claims,” Cruise Line International Association Leadership Forum, Legal and Insurance Seminar, November 2009
  • Speaker, “Punitive Damages in a Maritime Context,” Cruise Line International Association, Legal and Insurance Seminar, November 2008
  • Speaker, “Exxon Valdez 20 Years Later in the Supreme Court,” The Florida Bar, Admiralty Law Committee Seminar, May 2008
  • Speaker, “Container and Chassis Liabilities and the Uniform Intermodal Interchange and Facilities Access Agreement,” Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute Seminar, June 2007
  • Speaker, "Limitation of Liability," Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute Seminar, June 2001

Publications

  • Author, "Admiralty and Maritime Law Certification Committee Annual Report," The Florida Bar Journal, June 2015
  • Author, "Maritime Damages Post Townsend," Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute Seminar, June 2012
  • Author, “Container and Chassis Liabilities and the Uniform Intermodal Interchange and Facilities Access Agreement,” Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute Seminar, June 2007
  • Author, "Limitation of Liability," Maritime Law and Practice Manual, Fourth Ed., The Florida Bar, 2004
  • Author, "Limitation of Liability," Southern Admiralty Law Institute Seminar, June 2001
  • Co-Author, "Carriage of Goods and Charters," Maritime Law and Practice Manual, Second Ed., The Florida Bar, 1987

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