Adam E. Deitz

Adam E. Deitz is an attorney and licensed mariner who specializes in maritime personal injury matters.  Raised on the water, Adam’s first job was dishwasher and deckhand on a commercial riverboat along the Tennessee River.  Working his way up through the ranks (known as “hawsepiping”), he earned his Master endorsement in 2010.  Since then, Adam has captained numerous commercial passenger vessels along the east coast, including vessels in the Tennessee Valley, Narragansett Bay, and Boston Harbor.

Adam attended Roger Williams University School of Law in Rhode Island, where he studied specialty courses in maritime law including: Admiralty Law, Maritime Practice and Procedure, Law of the Sea, Ocean and Coastal Law, Marine Insurance, Salvage Law, and Maritime Regulatory Practices.  Adam acted as President of the Maritime Law Society and was awarded the CALI Excellence for the Future Award for scoring the highest grade in his Admiralty Law class.  He also published articles on topics such as U.S. Coast Guard legal duties and was a quarter-finalist advocate in the Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition.

While attending law school, Adam simultaneously obtained a Master of Marine Affairs degree from the University of Rhode Island.  There, he studied international ocean law, marine resource economics, and ocean science.  Before graduating, Adam also clerked with D1 Legal of the U.S. Coast Guard in Boston, Massachusetts.

After law school, Adam became an associate attorney at a boutique maritime law firm in New York City, primarily representing vessel owners in Iitigation.  Adam handled mariner personal injury claims, vessel casualties, multi-million-dollar commercial disputes, and defense of vessel attachments and arrests.  He continued his litigation career by joining one of the highest-ranked maritime defense law firms in the country.  There, Adam specialized in defending vessel owners in personal injury litigation under the Jones Act and general maritime law.

In 2020, Adam relocated to Washington State to represent mariners who suffered injury due to the negligence of others.  He is excited to use his years of experience in vessel owner litigation and insurance defense to zealously advocate for his injured clients.

Adam is a Member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ) and the Admiralty Law Section of the American Association for Justice (AAJ). As a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, he sits on Committees for Marine Torts and Casualties, Cruise Lines and Passenger Ships, and Recreational Boating, as well as the Plaintiff’s Personal Injury Subcommittee. Furthermore, Adam has been designated a Proctor in Admiralty, the most distinguished MLA membership for practicing maritime attorneys by the Maritime Law Association of the United States. He is licensed to practice law in the state courts of Washington, Oregon, Alaska, New York, and Connecticut.

Adam and his wife live in Bellingham, WA with their dog, Charlie.

Education

  • Roger Williams University School of Law, Juris Doctor, May 2014
  • The University of Rhode Island, Master of Marine Affairs, December 2014
  • The University of Tennessee, B.A.C., May 2011
    Magna Cum Laude

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • Connecticut (admitted in 2015, currently active)
  • New York (admitted in 2016, currently active)
  • Washington (admitted in 2020, currently active)
  • Oregon (admitted in 2020, currently active)
  • Alaska (admitted in 2020, currently active)
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
  • United States District Court, District of Connecticut
  • United States District Court, Western District of Washington
  • United States District Court, District of Oregon
  • Second Circuit Court of Appeals

Previous Employment

  • Law Clerk at the D1 Legal, United State Coast Guard; Boston, MA (2013)
  • Associate Attorney at Tisdale & Nast Law Offices, LLC; New York, NY (2014-2017)
  • Associate Attorney at Freehill Hogan & Mahar LLP; New York, NY (2017- 2020)

Professional Associations Memberships

  • Washington State Bar
  • New York State Bar
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Alaska State Bar
  • Connecticut State Bar
  • American Association for Justice
  • Washington State Association for Justice
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States

Publications

  • Coast Guard Has No Affirmative Duty to Rescue Mariners in Peril, 13:2 SANDBAR, 9 (2014)
  • California Court Considers Meaning of “Best Available Science” in Environmental Reviews, 13:1 SANDBAR, 7 (2013)

Mariner Credentials

  • Master of Self-Propelled Vessels Not Including Auxiliary Sail of Less Than 100 Gross Registered Tons (GRT) Upon Inland Waters (2011-present)