Areas of Practice

Roberts & Associates focuses on the legal needs of the Carrier Industry. From all aspects of transportation law, to contracts, business disputes, bills of lading, employment matters, and everything in between, think of us as your in-house counsel.

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Transportation Law

Transportation Law

Transportation law covers all manner and methods of moving goods from one place to another. There are many pieces that make up transportation, from the vehicles used, to the cargo moved, to the regulations that cover them. Transportation laws are broad, as they not only govern businesses, but also the infrastructure that supports these companies, such as ports, roads, highways, and airports.

We’ve helped numerous clients with their transportation claims, disputes, contracts, and appeals. Serving businesses throughout the U.S., we have successfully handled legal matters at the state and federal levels, as well as in front of regulatory and administrative agencies.

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Commercial Litigation & Disputes

Commercial Litigation & Disputes

Here at Roberts & Associates we’ve helped numerous clients throughout the US and have successfully handled all aspects of commercial litigation for the carrier industry. Mr. Roberts has won many federal court rulings which are favorable to the transportation industry, both at the trial and appellate levels including cargo claims, insurance disputes, commercial contract disputes, collection and recovery of freight charges, marina contract disputes, and fisheries disputes.

Lawrence J. Roberts has been admitted to practice in the federal courts of Florida, Massachusetts, Arizona, Wisconsin, Colorado, and Texas.

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Insurance Law

Insurance Law

The term “insurance law” encompasses a very broad range of services that law firms provide to clients in connection with insurance coverage disputes and other insurance-related matters. Insurance coverage cases tend to focus on the language of the policy and case law and can be governed by domestic or international law.

Roberts & Associates has extensive experience representing both national and international interests in the transportation industry and dealing with the complex issues of both national and international insurance claims. Our clients include both large and small commercial business owners and corporate policyholders. Our experience can help protect your business’s bottom line.

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Bills of Lading & Tariffs

Bills of Lading & Tariffs

The bill of lading is both a basic contract of carriage and a document of title for the cargo, and its use has many legal consequences. Rules tariffs are a part of the shipping contract. Shippers can prepare their own bills of lading or other shipping documents that avoid incorporation of tariff provisions, but these should be reviewed by counsel to ensure that the carrier isn’t giving up its opportunity to specify the terms under which it provides service. For example, is the carrier is forfeiting its right to elect the short nine (9) month claim filing and two year lawsuit filing time limitations that are allowed but not automatic? Other issues found include references to the Interstate Commerce Commission (terminated in 1995), or the NMFC (carriers are now required to participate in tariff 49 USC 13703).

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Cargo Loss & Damage

Cargo Loss & Damage

Cargo loss and damage claims often involve complex liability concerns for carrier businesses. Our firm has successfully represented the national and international carrier and maritime companies against claims, including loss and damage claims under the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act (COGSA). We understand the unique legal and business challenges our clients face. Our lawyers advise and defend shippers, ocean carriers, marine terminals, stevedores, insurance companies, freight forwarders, and ground freight carriers in claims and lawsuits brought in state and federal courts arising out of the loss, damage and non-delivery of cargo. We are dedicated to providing protection to our clients from potential liability and by interpreting application of terms and provisions in bills of lading and more.

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Contracts & Custom Documents

Contracts & Custom Documents

If you own a business that is involved in the transportation of goods, you know that there are a large number of legal issues which may arise. At Roberts & Associates, we have years of experience in the field of transportation law and can draw up the necessary contracts and negotiate on behalf of our clients for the best possible outcome. The responsibilities of each party need to be addressed in detail within the contract to protect our clients against additional expenses and monetary penalties.

Furthermore, Roberts and Associates can advise and review all the necessary documents required by US Customs. There can be severe penalties for failure to follow regulations. Delays in moving goods due to improper or late arriving paperwork that will result in higher costs.

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Admiralty & Maritime Law

Admiralty & Maritime Law

Admiralty Law, also called Maritime Law, or Marine Law, is a combination of U.S. and international law. Our firm specializes in a wide range of transactional legal matters such as contracts, regulatory issues, cargo damage, international arbitrations, marine insurance law, marine reinsurance, shipyard contracts, service contracts, maritime lien and mortgage foreclosures, purchase and sale of vessels, letters of credit, and bills of lading.

Our founding principal Lawrence J. Roberts admitted to practice in the state of Florida and in the federal courts in Florida, Massachusetts, Arizona, Wisconsin, Colorado, and Texas.

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Mergers & Acquisitions

Mergers & Acquisitions

Mergers and acquisitions are complex procedures that require legal counsel analyze the structure details, assets, and liabilities of the companies involved. Roberts and Associates, with their deep knowledge of the carrier industry has the necessary skills needed. Completing a merger or acquisition of another business is a major event that often has dramatic implications for all stakeholders. When it involves the carrier industry it can involve international law and maritime regulations.

The seller must produce detailed documentation including corporate governance documentation and operating information, a balance sheet of assets and liabilities, lists of real property, intellectual, and more.

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Employment Law

Employment Law

Roberts and Associates can draw up detailed employment contracts that comply with the MLC 2006 convention, thereby helping to protect maritime companies and will vigorously defend them in a timely manner when disputes arise.

As of January 2019, a total of 90 countries had ratified the MLC 2006 Convention, which has resulted in more than 91% of the world’s shipping fleet being regulated. It applies to all seafarers, including those with jobs in hotel and other passenger services on cruise ships and commercial yachts. The MLC 2006 convention is over 100 pages long and governs every aspect of onboard employment.

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Corporate and Regulatory Filings

Corporate and Regulatory Filings

Typical shipping transactions involve a parent company a ships registry, and a vessel located in different jurisdictions means that international issues are especially relevant. Jurisdictional issues, tax aspects and local regulations will have a major impact on how an entire transaction is structured and practical issues such as currency risks and transfer of cargo from ship to ground and final delivery all are highly regulated. Roberts and Associates has the experienced attorneys to deal with the process.

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