About BoatLaw, LLP

If your injury or illness occurs while in the employment of a commercial vessel, you suddenly become a liability to the vessel owners. You are someone other crew members may ignore or avoid, leaving you isolated and confused. Your injury may be worse than you understand. Your right to recovery for damages may be greater than you know. Without legal counsel, you probably will not have the information needed to evaluate your legal rights. While you are wondering what you need to do, the vessel owners are moving quickly to minimize your right to compensation for your injury.

Maritime Law Firm Serving the Pacific Northwest, California, and Alaska

The most effective legal assistance available for your maritime injury will come from our firm of experienced maritime lawyers in Seattle, Portland, Bellingham, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. At BoatLaw, LLP, maritime attorneys Douglas Williams and Nick Neidzwski have been successfully representing those injured at sea and their families since 1977. For over forty years, we have handled all types of maritime injuries across the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and California. Decades of experience and a team approach to case preparation and trial is the basis for our success. We have an experienced, compassionate, and helpful staff of legal assistants to aid in the litigation and administration of your claim. You are always kept abreast of progress at every stage and given a realistic assessment of your legal options.  
From left to right: Dave Anderson, Doug Williams, Nick Neidzwski
From left to right: Dave Anderson, Doug Williams, Nick Neidzwski

Meet our Dedicated Attorneys

Douglas R. Williams
Douglas R. Williams was raised in a military family. After retiring from the armed forces, his father sailed as the chief medical officer with many of the most popular cruise lines, including Holland America Line, Carnival Cruise Line, Disney Cruise Line, and Norwegian Cruise Line. When not in school, Doug spent a good part of his youth in the crew quarters sailing with his father. He developed a practical knowledge of the cruise industry from a young age.
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Nicholas J. Neidzwski
Nick Neidzwski is a trial attorney who handles maritime and personal injury litigation. Appearing for plaintiffs in state and federal courts throughout Washington, California, Oregon, Alaska, and other jurisdictions, Nick’s litigation experience includes the successful resolution of various Jones Act, general maritime law, and product liability cases on behalf of many different individuals. Nick was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers from 2016 through 2023.
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BoatLaw, LLP Knows How to Maximize Your Maritime Injury Claim

Call 1 (800) 262-8529 or send an online message through our website to begin taking the first steps towards pursuing the compensation you need during this critical time. Your initial consultation is free and will be handled by an experienced attorney – it will never be passed off to a law clerk or paralegal. If you were injured and your employer is based in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, or California, contact BoatLaw, LLP today.
  • The Maritime Law Association of The United States
    The Maritime Law Association of the United States (MLA) was founded in 1899. Its formation was prompted by the organization, some three years earlier, of the International Maritime Committee.
  • Washington State Bar Association
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