AREAS OF PRACTICE
Admiralty & Maritime Law | Insurance Law | General Litigation | Government Contracting Litigation
Admiralty & Maritime Law
The admiralty and maritime practice at the firm is one of the firm’s pillars and an area of focus the firm knows very well, and has handled litigation, involving disputes related to the towing, shipping and oilfield exploration, drilling and production industries whether in brown water, blue water or the oil patch.
Additionally, Miller & Williamson is prepared to handle complicated marine casualties such as explosions, collisions, allisions, groundings, etc. having experience in all phases of the case from the initial investigation and gathering of the facts immediately after the casualty until final conclusion judicially or extrajudicially.
Miller & Williamson also does a significant amount of work in the field of transportation of cargo and diversified cargo damage recovery, including extensive work with commodities of all kinds ranging from agricultural products, metals, liquids and general commodities including sophisticated project equipment. As an integral part of these endeavors, they work closely with experts in the determination of various damage problems associated with the particular cargo involved. In addition, they work closely with surveyors, metallurgists and engineers in the determination as to whether damages are mill-related, pre-carriage in nature, and/or attributable to ocean or inland transit.
Miller & Williamson has represented insurance companies from around the world in all sorts of insurance matters, providing coverage advice on all areas of insurance, handling first party and third party insurance claims and insurance dispute resolution including appellate practice for high-risk, complex insurance and reinsurance coverage issues. The attorneys at Miller & Williamson are prepared to handle insurance issues such as:
- Maritime Law
- Transportation Law
- Property damage
- Cargo subrogation
- Personal injury
- Products Liability
- Construction Law
- Bad faith insurance
Miller & Williamson’s attorneys are well versed in all sectors of the insurance industry, handling property and casualty, general liability and reinsurance matters for primary and excess insurance companies, as well as reinsurance and specialty lines.
Litigation has become an expensive enterprise. Efficient handling therefore is vital and involves developing the case in such a fashion to encourage the opponent to settle the case on reasonable terms while sending the message that if indicated the case will be tried.
It is Miller & Williamson’s experience that efficient handling involves the following procedures:
- Gather the relevant facts;
- Furnish a preliminary assessment based upon initial file materials to determine the efficacy of the case;
- Recommend a litigation plan;
- After consultation with client, investigate the case, gather information independently and from the opposing parties during the discovery process;
- Constantly reassess the evaluation of case as additional evidence becomes available;
- Maintain dialogue with opposing counsel and keep in touch with the dynamics of the case to recognize opportune times to reach a favorable settlement;
- Effective use of timely motions for summary judgment to favorably resolve the case, to eliminate issues and/or to educate the court by focusing on key issues;
- Supervise efforts to insure proper development of the technical aspects of the case to insure economical use of experts;
- When indicated, conduct alternative dispute resolution (ADR) procedures such as Mediation, Arbitration and conciliation.
Government Contracting Litigation
An important part of Miller & Williamson’s practice is dedicated to representing a wide variety of clients unsatisfied with government contracts.
The firm provides comprehensive litigation services to government contractors and subcontractors involved in contracts with federal government agencies, including the U.S. Military in the United States and abroad. Our attorneys focus in government claims at the administrative and judicial levels, including claims presented directly to the contracting office, their appeals before the Board of Contract Appeals, the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Our clients include contractors providing general services and logistical support to the military.