- The Firm
- Areas of Practice
Admiralty & Maritime
We represent the world’s largest and most successful cruise lines, shipping companies, and their P&I Clubs and insurers. We defend shipowners and charterers and regularly handle matters involving claims for Jones Act negligence, unseaworthiness, maintenance & cure, unearned wages, retaliatory discharge, COGSA, and Limitation of Liability actions.
Foreman Friedman attorneys have a long history in handling a wide variety of maritime and admiralty matters. We are designated local correspondent counsel for a number of major marine insurance and indemnity entities including The Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association and the RaetsClub.
Our attorneys have hundreds of published maritime cases in courts throughout the country. Our firm has extensive experience in defending cruise lines in both guest and crew claims and we frequently handle cases involving allegations of shipboard crime, failure to evacuate, medical malpractice, and all manner of shipboard accidents and we are frequently called upon to conduct onboard investigations, training, and corporate crisis management.
Foreman Friedman attorneys have handled a wide array of appellate cases throughout both the state and federal court systems, including at the Florida Supreme Court and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeal. Several of our attorneys are admitted to the bar of the United States Supreme Court. Our appellate attorneys regularly assist at the trial level to insure all appellate remedies are preserved and to represent our clients should cases go up on appeal.
Arbitration and Mediation
Winning at arbitration or mediation requires preparation, skill, intellect, and strategy. Our lawyers are expert in these and other alternative dispute resolution methods. We specialize in finding solutions to difficult problems. Partner Jeffrey Foreman was previously the founder of one of Chicago's largest private arbitration and mediation companies, bringing a unique perspective and expertise that helps us achieve your goals in or out of the courtroom. We have handled numerous matters before the AAA and the ICDR and can assist you to effectively and efficiently adjudicate your dispute.
Commercial Litigation & Transactions
We have a depth and breadth of experience representing Fortune 500 businesses, major insurance companies and their insureds, and have developed a reputation for the responsive and timely manner in which we handle cases for local, national and global clients. We understand the complex dynamics of trial and use our unsurpassed communication skills to advocate our client’s positions in court every day. Foreman Friedman is trusted by some of the largest corporations in America.
We handle all types of commercial disputes from mass class actions to $100 million product defect claims to local partnership and business disputes.
Foreman Friedman has extensive experience in complex commercial litigation at the local, state and national level. We understand that a single case can make or break a business and we work at every step to ensure the best possible resolution for our clients. When the future of your business depends on success in the courtroom, arbitration or mediation, Foreman Friedman attorneys can tackle the difficult issues, cut through the clutter and help you achieve victory.
Foreman Friedman attorneys have vast experience drafting contracts and assisting clients with various transactional matters including licensing agreements, independent contractor agreements, employment contracts, supplier agreements, and all forms of commercial contracts and documentation. We use our litigation experience to help ensure your deals are put together properly and avoid the common pitfalls that often cause transactions to fall apart. We recognize that time is often of the essence in putting together deals and work hard to provide timely advice and assistance to make sure your deals come together.
Foreman Friedman has comprehensive experience in defending physicians and other medical providers from claims of medical malpractice. Medical malpractice litigation requires an extensive knowledge of medicine and biology and our attorneys have the unique in-depth medical knowledge to understand and defend difficult medical issues. Our firm is often called upon to physicians and/or their employers for claims of professional negligence and failure to evacuate. Our lawyers’ detailed understanding of the cruise industry and the limitations of shipboard medicine and evacuation make them ideally suited for handling such difficult cases.
Negligence, Personal Injury & Product Liability
Our vast experience in assessing personal injury cases and our in depth medical knowledge allow us to prosecute and defend personal injury matters with effective strategy and relentless advocacy. Our team of skilled lawyers includes both lifelong defense lawyers as well as former plaintiffs attorneys and a team of paralegals with extensive medical expertise. We handle hundreds of personal injury cases each year from investigation through trial and appeal; and each of our firm’s partners has significant trial experience. In fact, one of our defense verdicts at trial was featured by the National Law Journal as one of the Top Victories of the Year.
Foreman Friedman attorneys have decades of experience in representing hotels, cruise lines and other companies in claims involving allegations of crime and negligent security. Our expertise in this field has been featured in numerous national publications and television programs. We pride ourselves in taking a critical, sensitive and realistic view of such allegations and assist our clients in separating valid claims from situations involving fabrication, speculation and exaggeration.
Travel & Hospitality Law
Foreman Friedman attorneys represent various travel agencies, tour providers, cruise lines, tour operators and other travel coordinators and suppliers. Our lawyers provide both risk management assessments and litigation defense. We can assess your current operations and offer recommendations to help protect you from risk including the drafting of contracts, waivers and releases. Should you find yourself in litigation, our lawyers have handled cases ranging from scuba diving injuries to personal watercraft collisions to breach of contract actions against travel agencies. We use our experience to help you avoid litigation or defend your interests should litigation be necessary.