Maritime Proctor Blog
As a practicing attorney at Chamberlain Hrdlicka in Houston, the focus of my practice is two-fold: I represent companies and individuals in civil litigation. I also do extensive work (of both a litigation and transactional nature) in the Admiralty, Maritime, and Energy fields.
I have been licensed to practice law since 2003. During that time, I've first and second chaired several trials to verdicts, as well as handled hundreds of other cases to amicable resolutions.
I'm a product of public schools, specifically Friendswood High School in Friendswood, Texas (Class of 1996), The University of Texas at Austin (BA-2000), and The University of Texas School of Law (JD - 2003).
Texas Super Lawyers magazine named me as a “Texas Super Lawyer” in the field of Transportation/Maritime Law in 2019 and 2020. Prior to turning 40, I was recognized by Super Lawyers as a Transportation/Maritime Law “Rising Star” from 2011-2018. In the past, both H-Texas Magazine and Houstonia Magazine named me as a “Top Lawyer in Houston” in the field of Admiralty and Maritime Law.
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Unless you are wholly checked out from watching the news (and, frankly, with what’s gone on in the past 18 months, we do not blame you if such is the case), you likely know that a large container vessel, the Ever Given, was, until Monday 29 March 2021, stuck (for lack of a better lay term) in the Suez Canal. While the Ever Given is now out of the Canal and on to her next port, the impacts of this incident on world trade will resonate, we predict, for several years.
This image shows the position of the Ever Given in the canal, as well as the angle of the vessel during the past week.
Today, Governor Greg Abbott lifted all capacity restrictions on business operations in Texas, as well as the mandate to wear masks.
What follows is my opinion, and not legal advice of any kind.
What we know:
-1- COVID 19 is transmitted by respiratory droplets from people's mouths and noses when people are in close contact (i.e., within 6 feet of each other). According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (“CDC”), COVID-19 spreads very easily.
-2- Wearing a mask & maintaining social distance of 6 feet from people who are not in your household is the most effective way ...