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Douglas Ralph Williams

Admiralty and maritime Attorney at Bellingham, WA

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  • State Years
    Washington - WA 12 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 13 years
    Florida - FL 18 years
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2011
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State DC
    Acquired 2011
    Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2005
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Douglas

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Doug attended Washington & Lee University where he studied history and played NCAA football. He went on to Florida State University where he earned his Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude. He also graduated in the top ten percent of his law school class.


Doug's legal career began in Tampa, Florida with the leading maritime litigation firm in the Southeast. Doug handled commercial disputes, such as actions on charter parties, enforcement of maritime liens, vessel attachments and arrests, but his practice focused on the defense of casualty lawsuits. Doug's work also took him to various ports on the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean to investigate accidents on behalf of shipowners and protection and indemnity clubs.


Upon moving to Washington, Doug worked for a downtown Seattle maritime firm where he defended Seattle-based commercial fishing companies and cruise lines against personal injury and wrongful death claims. Doug is a partner at BoatLaw, LLP where he devotes his practice area to the representation of injured dockworkers, seamen, and all who brave the high seas for their employers each day.


BoatLaw, LLP
23 Bellwether Way
Suite 101
Bellingham, WA, 98225
BoatLaw, LLP
85 S. Washington Street, Suite 308
Seattle, WA, 98104
BoatLaw, LLP
519 SW Park Ave
Suite 419
Portland, OR, 97205
BoatLaw, LLP
704 South Spring Street
Suite 1101
Los Angeles, CA, 90014
BoatLaw, LLP
201 Spear Street
Suite 1100
San Francisco, CA, 94105
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Posted by Ivan | July 20, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trustworthy and Reliable
I have had the pleasure of working with Douglas Williams with Boat Law LLP on two separate occasions, and although the reasoning behind needing his services weren't the greatest, he has always been extremely helpful and professional. He is very personable and knowledgable in Maritime Law which helps when dealing with very stressful situations. He is diligent and always gets back to you in a timely matter. In both instances working with him I have had favorable outcomes, in large part to Doug's expertise. He is definitely the kind of lawyer you would like to have in your corner and that you can trust if you find yourself needing legal services.
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  • Contingency 33%-40%
Payment methods
Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.6 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • BoatLaw, LLP
  • 2012 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Nielsen Shields
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Attorney
  • Lau, Lane, Pieper, Conley & McCreadie, PA
  • 2005 - 2011


  • Florida State University College of Law
  • J.D., magna cum laude
  • 2005
  • Washington and Lee University
  • B.A.
  • 2000

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Tucker v. Cascade General, Inc. and Unites States of America
  • $10 million judgment for plaintiff
  • REC Boats, LLC v. RP/PHL Marine Leasing, Inc.
  • TECO Barge Line, Inc. v. Hagan
  • successful appeal


  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Whatcom County Bar Association
  • 2012 - Present
  • Maritime Law Assocation of the United States
  • 2006 - Present
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
  • 2006 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Order of the Coif
  • Florida State University College of Law
  • 2005

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Bellingham Admiralty and maritime Lawyer Douglas Ralph Williams
Douglas Ralph Williams
Admiralty and maritime Attorney
Bellingham, WA
Licensed for 18 years