Ours is primarily a maritime trial practice, fully devoted to the defense - we will not represent personal injury plaintiffs. Although we have handled all varieties of maritime claims over the years, we principally represent vessel owners/operators and other maritime employers in the defense of personal injury and death claims arising in at-sea, territorial waters and shoreside waterfront environments.

We represent vessel owners from crabbers and cruise ships, to tugboats and trawlers, and other maritime interests in various fields, such as maritime construction, commercial diving, tourist services, stevedoring and shipbuilding and breaking. As detailed in our individual biographies, our lawyers bring outstanding academics, wide-ranging personal experience and unique personal histories to Nielsen Shields. We combine a practical and dedicated team approach with the assurance that each client will receive legal advice and services of the highest caliber, creative solutions to problems and our full respect and attention.


Naval commander Horatio Nelson once said, ‘Nothing is sure in a sea fight.’ We pride ourselves in assuring our clients have every advantage and are prepared for any situation.

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