Douglas Shoemaker is a member of our Maritime Emergency Response Team (“MERT”).
Douglas focuses his practice on complex maritime transactions and litigation. He has over 20 years experience advising clients on a wide range maritime law topics, including personal injury, property damage, pollution, onboard investigations, navigational error, Jones Act, stevedoring accidents, cargo damage defense, general average, charterparty negotiation and drafting, arbitration, vessel construction and flagging, purchase and sale, and mergers and acquisitions. He has particular experience in:
- defending maritime personal injury and property damage cases in state and federal courts
- defending and prosecuting maritime seizure proceedings
- arbitrations before the Society of Maritime Arbitrators in New York, the Houston Maritime Arbitrators Association, the American Arbitrators Association, and JAMS
- insurance defense and coverage
- domestic and international mergers and acquisitions, particularly concerning maritime assets and issues
- negotiating and drafting complex maritime agreements, including vessel construction, purchase and sale; time, voyage and bareboat charterparties; towage; contracts of affreightment; bills of lading; master services agreements; general terms and conditions; indemnity and insurance provisions
Douglas has worked as a master mariner licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard.
Chambers USA states that Douglas “is a ‘terrific’ attorney with years of experience handling a broad scope of maritime issues. He is particularly capable in personal injury matters, Jones Act litigation, navigational error claims and cargo damage defense. One observer reports: ‘His greatest strengths are his practical application of his broad experience and an ability to identify the critical issues.’”