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Monday, May 23, 2022

James N. Hurley Presents at 128th Commercial Law League of America “CLLA” National Convention

Fowler White is pleased to announce that Shareholder and Chair of Fowler White’s Admiralty and Maritime Law Practice Group, James N. Hurley, presented "Maritime Law Collection Issues" at the 128th Commercial Law League of America “CLLA” National Convention held in Chicago, IL May 18-20, 2022.

According to Hurley, collection law no longer encompasses merely “goods sold and delivered and not paid for” or “work, labor and services rendered remaining unpaid.” Collection law in the 2020’s involves transportation issues, international issues and maritime issues. The panel discussed some unique aspects of litigating admiralty and maritime claims, including broker agreements, freight charges, contracts, warranty issues and fraud.

With more than 30 years of experience handling complex matters in the maritime industry, Hurley provides full-cycle legal representation to his clients, from helping them achieve their initial goals to ensuring their continued success should disputes arise. He represents domestic and international insurers, cargo carriers, major cruise lines, operators and charter companies, and marina and terminal owners and operators in negotiating and drafting various marine-related contracts essential to their business, including the purchase, construction and sale of vessels, financing and vessel registration, concessionaire contracts, contracts for charters, and storage contracts.

Additionally, Hurley regularly assists private clients with purchasing, financing, and registering multi-million dollar vessels for personal use. Jim has significant experience trying maritime and admiralty cases in state and federal courts, and frequently represents clients in disputes including passenger and crew personal injury claims, first party coverage disputes, property damage claims, and commercial disputes. Hurley also advises clients on regulatory compliance issues and defends civil, criminal, and administrative enforcement actions.

Board Certified in Admiralty & Maritime Law by The Florida Bar, Hurley served on the Certification Committee of the Admiralty and Maritime Section of The Florida Bar and assisted in drafting the certification exam. He is past Chair of the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, where he currently serves on its Advisory Committee.

The Commercial Law League of America “CLLA” was founded in 1895 and is the nation’s oldest trusted legal network of attorneys, actively engaged in the field of commercial collections and bankruptcy.

The CLLA is not just an association, but a League of professionals continually striving to be the leader in providing legal, educational and professional services to the business and credit communities. Its membership is comprised of national and international attorneys, from large and small firms, who handle commercial law, bankruptcy, insolvency, retail collections, construction law, fraud, and complex commercial litigation matters. Membership also includes collection agency members, law list publishers, commercial credit professionals, judges from nearly every state, accountants, trustees, turnaround managers and other credit and finance experts, and vendors. The CLLA has long been associated with the representation of creditor interests and is known for seeking fair, equitable, and efficient administration of collection and bankruptcy cases for all parties-in-interest.

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