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James N. Hurley

James N. Hurley


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James Hurley focuses his practice on maritime law and handles both litigation and transactional matters. He currently serves as Chair for the Firm's Admiralty and Maritime Law Practice Group and is General Counsel for the Firm. With more than 30 years of experience, Jim expertly guides clients through the opportunities and challenges presented by U.S. and international laws and regulations concerning the maritime industry. He represents a diverse range of clients including domestic and international insurers, cargo carriers, cruise lines, commercial and pleasure vessel owners, operators and charterers, marina and terminal owners and operators and has tried numerous matters to judgment in both the state and federal courts throughout Florida including Jones Act , passenger personal injury and property damage claims as well as commercial disputes. Jim also has extensive experience representing insurers in first party coverage disputes.

Jim’s transactional work encompasses the purchase and sale of vessels, financing and vessel registration. He has negotiated and drafted a variety of marine-related contracts, such as charters, concessionaire contracts for cruise lines and storage contracts for marina ownership. Jim also assists commercial shipping companies with regulatory compliance, and the enforcement of civil, criminal and administrative actions.

Jim has previously served on the Board Certification Committee for the Florida Bar. He is past Chairman of the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute and currently serves on its Advisory Committee. In addition, Jim is a regular speaker at seminars throughout the country


Co-Author, "Charter Parties: Safe Harbor Warranty and Cargo Liabilities," Journal of Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy, Volume 80, Number 4, 4th Quarter 2013

“Marina Liability,” The Florida Bar Maritime Law and Practice, Fourth Edition, 2005

Speaking Engagements

“Forum Selection Clauses After Atlantic Marine,” 3rd Annual ACI Admiralty and Maritime Claims and Litigation Seminar, February 27-28, 2014

“Applications for Marine Insurance: Truth or Consequences,” Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, Summer Seminar, June 2003 - Present

"Punitive Damages in Maritime Law," ACI Annual Admiralty and Maritime Claims and Litigation, 2013

"Recent Trends and Developments in Charter Parties," Association of Transportation Law Professionals, 2013

"Maritime Law Boot Camp," ACI Annual Admiralty and Maritime Claims and Litigation, 2012

Professional & Civic Involvement

American Bar Association

The Florida Bar, Admiralty & Maritime Law, Certification Committee

Dade County Bar Association

Maritime Law Association
Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, Chair