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Ocean Marine and Cargo Insurance Lawyer

Ocean Marine and Cargo Coverage

At Barnes & Thornburg, we recognize that ocean marine and cargo insurance policies provide an invaluable asset for many industries. The coverage helps address claims ranging from supply chain issues through damage to ships and other vessels to unexpected disasters while products are in transit to insuring against third-party dishonest acts. 

Given the special rules governing these policies and the wide array of cargo-related coverages on the market, a policyholder may face numerous challenges in successfully bringing a claim. Barnes & Thornburg attorneys have experience assisting policyholders at every stage of the claims handling and litigation process. This includes notable litigation wins and strategic counseling that has resulted in coverage under various forms of ocean marine and cargo insurance policies.  We have experience in obtaining coverage under ocean marine policies with Liner Negligence Clauses, Inchmaree Clauses, and other coverages.

Our attorneys have significant experience in helping clients obtain millions of dollars of insurance coverage for losses related to cargo and supply chain losses.

Using our industry knowledge and experience, our attorneys can help you navigate key issues related to ocean marine coverage, including but not limited to force majeure issues, lost cargo, employee dishonesty issues, damage to ships and other marine vessels, and more. 

Practice Leaders

Kevin Dreher

Kevin B. Dreher

Insurance Recovery and Counseling Group Co-Chair

Chicago, Grand Rapids, Southeast Michigan

P 312-214-8308

F 312-759-5646


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Cargo Lost During Transit/Supply Chain Issues

  • Represented major retail manufacturers in losses occurring during intercontinental transit, including but not limited to handling RFIs issued by insurers’ adjusters, responding to insurer and adjuster-related correspondence, and negotiating favorable settlements.
  • Represented major retail manufacturers in handling and resolving their supply-chain related issues.

Claims of Employee or Third-party Dishonest Conduct

  • Represented a major physical commodities trader that discovered a significant, eight-figure loss overseas, which involved the interpretation of a “dishonest act” exclusion present in many ocean marine cargo policies. After the insurers wrongly denied coverage for the claim, we traveled to the client’s headquarters, interviewed their employees, and gained a better understanding of their operations and the claims at issue. We defeated summary judgment on the insurers’ defenses, including the application of the dishonest act exclusion.

Hull and Machinery Coverage

  • Represented a shipping and marine transit company in connection with a claim under marine insurance policies, seeking coverage for significant damage to a commercial vessel.
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