Maritime Litigation

The Maritime Courts of Panama, created as a result of The Panama Canal Treaties, replaced the U.S. Federal District Court operating in the former U.S. Canal Zone. They have exclusive jurisdiction over all maritime claims in the Republic of Panama, including those involving accidents while transiting the Panama Canal, which were still subject to U.S. jurisdiction until the year 2000.

Panama’s strategic location at one of the major crossroads of the world’s shipping lanes, the expanding maritime services industry, and the Panamanian Merchant Marine – today the largest in the world – are just some of the factors which have contributed to the importance of the Panamanian maritime jurisdiction. Today, the Maritime Courts of Panama have become internationally recognized forums for maritime dispute resolution.

Our attorneys practicing in this field are specialists in all kinds of maritime claims, including those against the Panama Canal Authority for accidents occurring while vessels transit through the Panama Canal. The Shipping and Admiralty Litigation Department represents shipowners, P&I Clubs, charterers, hull and cargo underwriters, banks and other shipping interests in all types of maritime disputes. In keeping our commitment to excellence, we have established a 24-hour emergency response team to address the needs of our clients.

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