• District of Columbia
  • Virginia


  • Georgetown University Law Center, JD
  • Ohio State University, BS, summa cum laude
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Brett M. Esber


Washington, DC v. +1.202.772.5919 f. +1.202.572.8367

Brett Esber practices in the areas of international and domestic commercial transactions, corporate law, and finance, with a particular emphasis on representing companies involved in the maritime industry. His experience related to the maritime industry includes:

  • vessel construction and finance
  • vessel charters and contracts of affreightment
  • mergers and acquisitions
  • joint ventures
  • vessel acquisitions and sales
  • corporate structuring and transfer pricing issues

He also represents shipping companies before the U.S. Maritime Administration and the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission.

Brett Esber was named as one of the top ten lawyers for shipping law in Lloyd’s List “One Hundred” (Edition Five). Mr. Esber is a frequent speaker and writer on issues related to the maritime industry.


  • Oil major in risk assessment of shipping activities related to crude oil and chemical trading activities.
  • Vessel owner and operator in negotiation and closing of $250 million asset-backed revolving credit facility.
  • U.S. flag operator in $275 million leveraged lease financing of container vessels.
  • U.S. shipyard and leasing company in $850 million transaction to build and charter product tankers for operation in the U.S. domestic trades, including negotiation of senior secured credit facility.
  • Privately-owned tug/barge operator in all commercial and finance aspects of fleet renewal and expansion program, including negotiation of shipbuilding contracts, financing and charter agreements.
  • International liner shipping company in investigation before the U.S. Federal Maritime Commission.
  • U.S.-based auto parts manufacturer in joint venture with German auto parts manufacturer to jointly manufacture and sell auto parts in Europe.
  • German-based diesel engine manufacturer in joint venture with U.S. defense contractor to submit bid to re-engine the M-1 Abrams tank.
  • Non-U.S. based fruit company in U.S. transfer pricing audit.
  • Bermuda-based shipping company in $250 million transaction involving construction and cross-border lease financing of refrigerator cargo vessels.
  • Bermuda-based shipping company in joint venture with Danish shipping company to establish and operate eight-vessel Trans-Pacific service.


  • 2017, listed in Who’s Who Legal – Transport

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