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  • Chair of firm's Admiralty & Maritime Practice Group 

  • Retired from the United States Coast Guard at the rank of Commander. Held wide array of legal, engineering and operational assignments in New York City, Newport, RI, Cleveland, OH, Honolulu, HI, San Francisco, CA, and Boston, MA. Coast Guard service concluded as the personal advisor and Executive Assistant to the Coast Guard Commander, Atlantic Area and Defense Forces East in Portsmouth, Virginia.

  • As a Judge Advocate, routinely advised Coast Guard and other federal officials regarding maritime operations, regulation of commercial shipping and licensed mariners, environmental compliance, criminal investigations and enforcement, maritime trade, maritime transportation security, investigation of major marine casualties, and international law issues.

  • As Trial Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, litigated civil claims in Admiralty on behalf of the United States Government, including ship collisions, groundings, oil spills, contract disputes and law enforcement activities.

  • Directed and coordinated complex civil and criminal investigations among numerous federal, state and international investigative agencies in maritime context.

  • Served as the primary legal advisor to the federal incident command post in Boston supporting security operations for the 2004 Democratic National Convention.

  • Formerly served as Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Districts of Maine and Rhode Island addressing allegations of oil pollution, MARPOL violations, and violent crime on the high seas.


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Practice areas


  1. Maritime: 40%
  2. Litigation: 40%
  3. Transportation: 20%

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Contact info

Crenshaw, Ware and Martin, P.L.C.

150 W Main Street
Suite 1500
Norfolk, VA, 23510


VAAuthorized to practice law200703/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2015
Virginia Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2015
Virginia Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2014
Virginia Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Partner and Chair of the Admiralty & Maritime Practice GroupCrenshaw, Ware and Martin2007 - Present
Trial Attorney & Coast Guard LiaisonUnited States Dept. of Justice1999 - 2001
CommanderUnited States Coast Guard1984 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Southeastern Admiralty Law InstituteEditorial Board2014 - Present
James Kent American Inn of CourtN/A2012 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationN/A2008 - Present
Southeastern Admiralty Law InstituteMember2007 - Present
Virginia Bar AssociationN/A2007 - Present
Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar AssociationN/A2007 - Present
Maritime Law Association of the United StatesProctor2001 - Present
Propeller Club of NorfolkN/AN/A
Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, Long Range Planning CommitteeChairman2012 - 2013
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Norfolk and Portsmouth Belt Line Rail Road Co. v. M/V MARLINAwarded $286,456.00, plus prejudgment interest.
Finguerra v. ACE Insurance and Atlantic Boat Basin, Inc.Verdict and Judgment for client.
Flame S.A. v. Indus. CarriersVerdict and Judgment for client
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Publication nameTitleDate
Norfolk & Portsmouth Bar Association10 Useful Things Lawyers Should Know About Admiralty Law2015
Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute (SEALI)Recent Maritime Law Developments in the United States Supreme Court and the United States Courts of Appeal for the First, Second, and Fourth Circuits2012
Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute (SEALI) - Fall MeetingThe Continuing Vitality of the Shipowner's Limitation of Liability Act2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Case Western Reserve University School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1996
University of Rhode IslandMarine AffairsMMA1992
United States Coast Guard AcademyMarine EngineeringBS - Bachelor of Science1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2015 Bench Bar ConferenceTop 10 Things Every Lawyer Should Know About Admiralty Law2015
2012 Annual SeminarMaritime Law Developments in the United States Supreme Court and the United States Courts of Appeal for the First, Second, and Fourth Circuits2012
Southeast Admiralty Law Institute - 2009 Fall MeetingContinuing Vitality of the Shipowner's Limitation of Liability Act2009
CLE: A Legal Guide to Pleasure BoatingSalvage, Search and Rescue, Maritime Security, Marine Pollution, and Rules of the Road2008
NASBLA - 2004 45th Annual ConferenceState and Federal Cooperation in Maritime Homeland Security Missions2004