New York Admiralty & Maritime lawyer Frank Floriani educates on the value of Justice

September 23, 2008 at 1:19 am 2 comments

Lawyers are a different kind of breed and most have the law in their blood having been raised in a family of attorneys and judges. Frank Floriani, a prominent New York Admiralty and Maritime trial lawyer at the prestigious law firm of Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo P.C., is one of these lawyers who grew up learning the value of the law from his father.

“It was my father who was a lawyer,” Floriani said. “I grew up with him teaching me the value of what our justice system does in terms of how it ensures the rights of individuals, so it was really a natural for me coming to the law as a career.” As an attorney in the great state of New York for over 30 years, Floriani joined the firm in 1986 and now says that the firm has now “become home” for him. With such a comfort level in the justice system and knowing the ins and outs of how the law works, it is safe to say that Floriani is an authority when it comes to his areas of practice.

What is Admiralty Law?

According to Wikipedia, admiralty law (also referred to as maritime law) is “a distinct body of law which governs maritime questions and offenses. It is a body of private international law governing the relationships between private entities which operate vessels on the oceans. It is distinguished from the Law of the Sea, which is a body of public international law dealing with navigational rights, mineral rights, jurisdiction over coastal waters and international law governing relationships between nations.”

As one of the more interesting branches of the law, Floriani says there are many ancient maritime concepts of it that have quite a history and that are still being used in today’s justice system. In the dangerous trade of jobs at sea, seamen face many perils and the law has protection in place that keeps the best interest of the seamen and crew members in mind.

What is Maritime Law and what types of injuries occur in this branch of law?

Maritime law are rules of law that the courts have adopted to protect workers on various types of sea vessels. Regarding the types of injuries workers face, Floriani states, “The perils of the sea expose the members of these crews to all types of injuries. We’ve seen fractures with serious results, death cases, brain injuries, you name it!”

About Frank Floriani

A 1977 Hofstra University Law School graduate, Floriani is admitted to practice in the courts of New York and New Jersey and is active in several bar associations and a contributing member to their continuing legal education programs. As the head of the firm’s Product Liability and Complex Litigation Departments, Floriani handles such matters as those involving defectively designed products, municipal liability, admiralty claims, aviation disasters and toxic torts where he has obtained numerous substantial recoveries for his clients including a $5.5 million recovery for the family of a man who was crushed while removing granite slabs from a freight container.

If you or a family member have been involved in an admiralty or maritime matter, contact a reputable and knowledgeable attorney at the firm of Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo P.C.



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  • 1. Harvey D. Friedman  |  September 23, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    Like this informative article points out, it’s a little funny how we get into Admiralty Law. And I have many friends in the area of practice after 30 years in the field myself. One thing in common I found is we usually have a friend or relative in one of the Maritime areas that blazed the trail for us. Many have relatives that served in the US Navy or the Coast Guard or as a Merchant Marine or as longshoreman. One friend of mine had 2 generations of relatives that graduated from Fort Schuyler in the Bronx. So it is a small world sometimes and we found our way with the help of friends and relatives. Cheers !!

  • 2. Nickolay Kotev  |  January 1, 2009 at 1:39 pm

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