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Todd Delear Lochner

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In the preceding 18 months  (as of 2/19/2015)  Mr. Lochner has represented the parties in interest for 47% of all admiralty cases filed in the MD federal district court and 87% of all in rem actions in the same court during that period of time.  No other firm can cite that metric.  This does not include all those admiralty matters outside the District of Maryland.

Mr. Lochner graduated cum laude from the Tulane Law School, with a Maritime Law Certificate from the Tulane Maritime Law Center and a Certificate of Advanced Study and Training in Arbitration. While attending Tulane, Mr. Lochner was a member of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal, where he has also published. His undergraduate studies were completed at The George Washington University. Prior to starting his own law firm in 1999, Mr. Lochner worked at a maritime law firm located in the Port of Baltimore and for the general counsel of Airbus (the North American office).

Mr. Lochner is a member of the bars of the State of Maryland, the United States District Courts for the Districts of Maryland and D.C., as well as, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. He keeps abreast of changes in the maritime law as a member of the Maritime Law Association and by attending education programs sponsored by the Admiralty Law Institute. He has served in the leadership of the Recreational Boating Committee of the Maritime Law Association, the Legal Committee for the United States Sailing Association as well as being a member of the Mid-Atlantic Mariners Club and Marine Trades Association of Maryland. Mr. Lochner is a Past President of the Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association and a Past President of the the Paca-Brent American Inns of Court. He is also currently serving as a member of the Board of Trustees for Annapolis Community Boating, Inc.

Mr. Lochner is an avid sailor who has been a part of the recreational maritime industry since his employment as a sailing instructor in 1992. He is a member of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club and the Severn Sailing Association where he races various sailboats. Recently, Mr. Lochner competed in campaigns for the 2007 and a 2009 Melges 24 World Championships where his team placed first and second respectively in the Corinthian class.


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Practice areas


  1. Maritime: 50%
    16 years
  2. Insurance: 20%
    16 years
  3. Tax: 20%
    16 years
  4. Business: 10%
    16 years



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Contact info

Lochner Law Firm, P.C.

91 Main St.
Annapolis, MD, 21401-2523


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Achieving Excellence, Platinum DistinctionThe James C. Cawood, Jr. American Inn of Court2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentLochner Law Firm, P.C.2010 - Present
Founding MemberLochner and Schwenk, LLC2000 - 2009
Sole PractitionerLaw Office of Todd D. Lochner1999 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Annapolis Community BoatingBoard of Trustees2010 - Present
National Association of Marine ServicesAffiliate2006 - Present
Mid Atlantic Mariners ClubN/A2004 - Present
James C. Cawood, Jr. American Inn of CourtBarrister2000 - Present
Maritime Law Association of the United StatesN/A1999 - Present
Maryland State Bar AssociationN/A1998 - Present
United States Sailing Association Legal CommiteeN/AN/A
Marine Trades Association of MarylandN/AN/A
James C. Cawood, Jr. American Inn of CourtBoard of Trustees2011 - 2012
Rotary InternationalN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Pines v. WhiteReversal and remand on appeal, in favor of my client
Jensen v. Knight, Rollinger, USCGUSCG NVDC action “final” under APA & venue is not automatically in either DC or WV for NVDC . This Court became the second in the US to rule that Rule B makes assets protected by state statute venerable to maritime creditors as a matter of preemption
Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility Et al v. Cape Wind Associates, LLCDecided in favor of Cape Wind, although the case continues into 2014.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Recreational Boating Committee of the Maritime Law Association of the United StatesSummary of State Boating Law Changes in 20102010
MD Marine Contractors AssociationMD Marine Vol. 2 Issue 22010
BrochureMD Vessel Tax Brochure2009
Recreational Boating Committee of the Maritime Law Association of United StatesMLA Boating Briefs Vol. 17 No. 12008
Recreational Boating Committee of the Maritime Law Association of the United StatesMLA Boating Briefs Vol. 16 No. 22007
Recreational Boating Committee of the Maritime Law Association of the United StatesMLA Boating Briefs Vol. 16 No. 12007
Recreational Boating Committee of the Maritime Law Association of the United StatesMLA Boating Briefs Vol. 15 No. 22006
Tulane Maritime Law JournalSeaman Status Revisited - A Common Requirement and a New "Seagoing" Emphasis1997
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Tulane University Law SchoolJuris DoctorateJD - Juris Doctor1998
George Washington UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1995
George Washington UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Trawlerfest Riviera BeachThe Tax man Cometh2015
Trawlerfest 2014Avoiding Tax Traps as you Cruise the East Coast. AKA The Taxman Cometh2014
Boat US in house trainingUse of Experts in Admiralty2014
Speaker SeriesA Recreational Mariner's Primer on Admiralty Law2013
CAPCA Bi-Annual SeminarYacht Delivery For Yacht Captains2013
Do It Yourself SeriesDIY: The Legal Perspective2012
CAPCA Bi-Annual SeminarDelivery Seminar2011
2011 MMCA Annual ConferenceWalking a Thin Line: Regulations and the Boating Industry2011
2010 MD Marine Contractors Assoc. annual ConferenceMaritime Marine Contractor Liability2010
CAPCA Delivery SeminarDelivery2008
18th International Association of Marine Investigators, Annual Training SeminarOrigin and Cause of a Fire2008
NAMS Annual ConferenceC & V Marine Surveys2006
Mariners Club 2006 Winter Meeting & Holiday partyBoats, Surveys and The Brave New World2006
Leigh County, PA Bar ConferencePrimer on Admiralty Jurisdiction2005
Boat US In house TrainingAdmiralty for Recreational Adjusters and Underwriters2003
Marine Trades MD:24th Annaul ConferenceOutside Contractor Policices - An Update From the Attorney General2002
CAPCA SeminarBig Picture Legal Considerations for Captains2002
Arundel Yacht Club Speaker SeriesMariners Primer on Admiralty2002