Recreational and Commercial Boat Accident Lawyer

Edward Petkevis, Esq.

Certified by the Supreme Court of NJ as a Civil Trial Attorney.   Chairman New Jersey State Bar

Association Maritime and Admiralty

Law Committee

All boating accident cases occurring on the oceans, bays and rivers of the United States involving:

 Recreational BoatsCharter Fishing

Cruise ShipsFerries

Commercial Fishing • Jones Act Seaman's Claims

Longshore Harbor Worker 905B Claims 

Lawyer Malpractice

We Work on a Contingency Fee - If we don't win, you don't pay.

What is a Proctor in Admiralty?

What Does A Maritime Lawyer Do?

Who Should Contact Deepwater Law



Proctors in Admiralty, also commonly known as Maritime Lawyers or Marine Lawyers, are boat accident lawyers who have specific knowledge and expertise in what is commonly known as maritime law, marine law or admiralty law. This is a distinct body of law that governs activities and offenses that take place on navigable waters, including oceans, rivers, creeks  and lakes.

Admiralty Law, also called Maritime Law, or Marine Law, is a combination of U.S. and international law that covers all contracts, torts (personal injuries) or offenses that take place on navigable waters. 

Admiralty Law covers any navigable body of water, including oceans, seas, bays, harbors, canals, navigable lakes, rivers and creeks.  Often, when individuals are looking for a lawyer because they need representation for a boat accident injury, or a marine wrongful death, they do not know where to turn.  The terms most often searched are "boat accident lawyer"  "boat accident attorney" "cruise ship accident lawyer" "marine accident lawyer," and often "best boat accident attorney."  Most often the term Admiralty Lawyer is confused with the Navy.  An Admiralty Lawyer or Proctor in Admiralty practices in civilian state or federal courts, where the JAG Corp (Judge Advocate General) handles legal issues inside the US Navy.

Most individuals have never heard of Admiralty Law, and think that it refers to the Navy.  When they are involved in a boating accident, or marine casualty, they either make the mistake of contacting a trusted and well intentioned family or personal injury lawyer, who lacks any specific knowledge in the field of admiralty law.  They also search the internet for a boat accident lawyer or boating accident lawyer, and often find themselves dealing with a land based attorney with no specialized knowledge in the required field of admiralty law. Anyone can advertise that they handle boating accident cases.  These lawyers, no matter how  diligent, often find themselves easily outmaneuvered by skilled admiralty defense lawyers.   If you are looking for a lawyer to handle your boat accident case, or maritime wrongful death case, Death on the High Seas (DOHSA) Case, Jones Act case, Longshoreman's (LSHW) 905B case, vessel collision or to defeat Limitation of Liability, don't get injured twice.  Contact an admiralty lawyer /a/k/a proctor in admiralty who specializes in the field of admiralty law a/k/a maritime law or marine law.


Time:  While the axiom "time is of the essence" is often used in contracts and litigation, it has special significance in an admiralty setting.  Even the best boat accident attorney can run into issues that occur in a marine claim that do not exist in land based claims.  In a boating accident case, evidence can simply sink or be washed away.  It is therefore imperative to contact a boat accident attorney as soon as possible after a boat accident or other marine casualty. 

Navigable Waters:  All oceans are navigable.  Any sea, bay, river, lake, creek, canal, or other body of water that eventually leads to the sea , and is capable of being used by boats for commercial purposes are navigable.  (If only a light raft or canoe can transit the waterway, it is generally not considered to be navigable).  According to US Supreme Court definition, waters are navigable if they are "navigable in fact." "And they are navigable in fact when they are used, or are susceptible of being used, in their ordinary condition, as highways for commerce, over which trade and travel are or may be conducted in the customary modes of trade and travel on water." The Daniel Ball, 10 Wall. 50.1. 19 L. Ed. 999. And see Packer v. Bird, 137 U. S. 001. 11 Sup. Ct. 210. 34 L. Ed. 810; The Genesee Chief, 12 How. 455, 13 L. Ed. 1058; Illinois Cent. R. Co. v. State, 140 U. S. 3S7, 13 Sup. Ct. 110. 30 L. Ed. 1018

Admiralty Law does NOT involve claims involving the United States Navy. That area of law is military justice, and involves the JAG (Judge Advocate General) Corp.