DeepWater Law Edward R. Petkevis, PC

Call For Free Consultation

(609) 964-0072

DeepWater Law Edward R. Petkevis, PC

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

Your initial consultation is free, and no obligation. You will not be charged a fee unless we recover for you.

Who Should Contact Deep Water Law?

Anyone who has Suffered a Boat Accident or Injury on the Water, Needs a Lawyer That Specializes in Admiralty Law.

Many people think that a lawyer is a lawyer. That is far from the truth. You wouldn’t go to a foot doctor for brain surgery, nor would you go to a brain surgeon for an operation on your toe. You need a specialist.

The same is true with attorneys. It is not one size fits all. There are specialties and disciplines, and a complex understanding of the laws and rulings in those specialties is vitally important. Nowhere is that more true than in the field of admiralty law. Many auto accident attorneys also advertise that they can handle a boat accident injury case, based on their misconception that the laws are the same on the land as well as the water. Not only are the laws different, but the way in which the cases are properly handled differ vastly. In fact, the field of admiralty law is so specialized, that it is one of only two areas of law (the other being patent law) that an attorney is authorized under the Code of Ethics to designate himself as an expert or specialist in that particular field of law.

Not only are the laws different, but the process by which the case needs to be handled differs vastly. On the water, evidence sinks. It is vitally important to have a…Read More

Client Victories

$500,000 Settlement

Fall From Vessel With No Gangway

The following client victories are a small sample of the many hundreds of cases we have handled on behalf of people like you who have been injured as a result of a boating accident… Read More

Client Testimonials


What is a Proctor in Admiralty?

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.

What Does A Maritime Lawyer Do?

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 boating case” “cruise ship claim lawyer” “marine accident lawyer.” 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.

What Is Admiralty Law?

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.

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.

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.

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

Contact For Free Consultation

Office Location

1380 Hornberger Avenue
Roebling, NJ 08554-1309

Phone: (609) 964-0072

Click to activate map