W. L. RIVERS BLACK

Rivers has enjoyed a wide-ranging maritime and insurance practice focused on representation of vessel owning, chartering and insurance interests, including maritime employer liability, ocean and inland transportation, marine pollution, cargo, vessel construction and repair, maritime PI and death defense, hull claims, marine insurance coverage, and claims involving the tanker, container shipping, fishing, cruise line, ports and terminal, and recreational vessel industries. In addition to his maritime practice, a significant portion of Rivers’ practice has also involved general and commercial litigation, property & casualty work, and subrogation recoveries. As a former U. S. Navy JAG and claims officer (Captain- Ret), his practice also includes pursuit of claims against the U. S. government.

LOCATION: Seattle-Tacoma, WA

LICENSED TO PRACTICE IN: Washington, Oregon and Mississippi, Western and Eastern Districts of Washington, District of Oregon, Southern District of Mississippi, US Courts of Appeal (9th and 5th Circuits, International Court of Claims

CURRENT FIRM: Nicoll Black & Feig PLLC

PRIOR FIRM(S): Cozen O'Connor  |  Lane Powell

LAW SCHOOL: University of Washington

ADVANCED DEGREES: LL M Marine Law, University of Washington; LL M International Law, University of Brussels, Belgium

HONORS AND AWARDS: Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating, Super Lawyer selection (15 years), Editorial Board (past) Maritime Law Reporter, Proctor Member Maritime Law Assn of the US

PRACTICE AREA(S):

Admiralty, Maritime and Transportation

(Administrative Proceedings before State and Federal Boards, Cargo Claims, Insurance, Litigation, Salvage, Transactional)

Insurance

(Maritime, General Liability, Property Insurance)

Litigation and Dispute Resolution

(Admiralty, Maritime and Transportation | Environmental | Insurance Recovery | Arbitration and Mediation | Commercial/Contract Disputes | Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith)

INDUSTRY: Insurance, Ocean & Inland Shipping and Transportation, Vessel Construction and Repair, Carriage of Goods, Fishing and Marine Resource Utilization, Energy, Marine Recreation and Hospitality, Casualty Response, Claims Investigation and Recoveries


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