Admiralty & Transportation

Admiralty & Transportation Team

Paul Kozacky - KWM Prinicpal Attorney

Paul J. Kozacky

Principal

Alastar McGrath - KWM Prinicpal Attorney

Alastar McGrath

Principal

Brian O’Connor

Associate

KWM provides major international clients representation in the area of admiralty and maritime law, as well as ground and air transportation law. 

Our attorneys advise some of the Midwest’s largest shippers on their transportation agreements with motor, rail and water carriers and have successfully represented leading cruise lines on matters relating to jurisdiction and venue.

Our substantial experience with transportation-related litigation includes claims for cargo damage, fire, unseaworthiness, non-payment of freight, dead freight, indemnity, repatriation of deserters and personal injury. 

Additionally, our firm has arrested and attached vessels and cargoes for non-payment of freight or property damage throughout the United States, and advises numerous clients on maritime affairs such as compliance with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permitting.

Representative Matters

  • Obtain Summary Judgment related to limitation of liability under the Carmack Amendment.
  • Defend injunctive action brought by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to limit the number of piers a marina can place in the Fox River.
  • Prosecute replevin and damages action against parties which wrongfully took possession of Chinese cargo.
  • Successfully defend our client in the United States Supreme Court’s landmark case on admiralty jurisdiction (with McDermott, Will & Emery).