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Buhler

Partner

Phillip A. Buhler

Contact information pabuhler@mppkj.com

904.421.8418

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Areas of Practice

  • Complex civil litigation
  • Environmental law
  • Insurance defense
  • International law
  • Maritime law

Education

  • College of William & Mary A.B., 1984
  • University of Miami School of Law J.D., 1987
  • Tulane University School of Law L.L.M. (Admiralty), 1988

Admissions

  • Florida (1989)
  • Louisiana (1988)
  • District of Columbia (1989)
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court for Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • United States Court of International Trade
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • Supreme Court of the United States

A member of the firm since 1989, Phillip Buhler’s clients range from large multinational corporations to smaller local and family enterprises. He has represented their interests in a variety of complex litigation and transactional matters in federal and state courts in Florida, Louisiana, Georgia, South Carolina and Virginia.

Mr. Buhler’s clients include companies in Europe, Latin America and East Asia, as well as U.S. companies based in and conducting business in Florida. He has also developed and maintained business and professional relationships in Germany and Colombia and several other nations in Latin America.

Mr. Buhler began his legal career with a large New Orleans firm after obtaining his L.L.M. degree in Admiralty from Tulane. He is actively involved in professional and business organizations statewide in Florida, throughout the Southeast and internationally. Outside the office, Mr. Buhler is an avid sailor and hiker, and he and his wife enjoy foreign travel.

Associations/ Memberships/ Distinctions

  • Maritime Law Association of the United States (Board Member; Immediate Past Chair of International Organizations Conventions & Standards Committee)
  • Inter-American Bar Association (Board Member)
  • Federal Bar Association (Jacksonville Chapter – President, 2003-2004)
  • Associated Industries of Florida (Founding Chair, Maritime & Ports Council)
  • The International Propeller Club, Port of Jacksonville (President, 2002-2003)
  • Daniel Memorial, Inc. (Board of Trustees member)
  • Florida Bar, International Law Section (Member, Executive Council)
  • Hispanic Bar Association of Northeast Florida (President, 2006-2007)
  • Florida Bar Board Certified in Admiralty & Maritime Law
  • Florida Bar Board Certified in International Law
  • Florida Civil Law (International) Notary

Awards / Recognitions

  • Best Lawyers in America – Admiralty & Maritime
  • AV Preeminent rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Florida Super Lawyers – Transportation & Maritime
  • Who’s Who Legal: Florida
  • Jacksonville Magazine's Top Lawyers in Jacksonville

Publications

  • Phillip A. Buhler, Promotion of the Concept of the Rule of Law Through the Implementation of the Central America Free Trade Agreement, Int’l L.Q., Vol. XXIII, No.1

    2007
  • Phillip A. Buhler, Stirring the Alphabet Soup: Some Thoughts on the Current Status of Natural Resource Damage Assessments Under OPA 90 and Other Marine Environmental Statutes, SE. Adm. L. Inst.

    2005
  • Phillip A. Buhler, Transnational Service of Process and Discovery in Federal Court Proceedings: An Overview, Tul. Mar. L.J., Vol. 27, No.1

    2002
  • Phillip A. Buhler, The United States as Foreign Asset Haven: Is Prejudgment Security Available in the United States for Non-United States Litigation? Inter-Am. Bar Ass’n Conference, Cochabamba, Bolivia

    2002
  • Phillip A. Buhler, New Struggle with an Old Menace: Towards a Revised Definition of Maritime Piracy, 8 Currents Int'l Trade L.J. 61

    Winter, 1999
  • Phillip A. Buhler, Forum Selection and Choice of Law Clauses in International Contracts: A United States Viewpoint with Particular Reference to Maritime Contracts and Bills of Lading, Inter-Am. L. Rev. Vol. 27, No.1

    1995
  • Phillip A. Buhler, The Oder-Neisse Line: A Reappraisal Under International Law (Columbia University Press)

    1990
  • Phillip A. Buhler & Derek A. Walker, Choice of Law and Choice of Forum in International Transactions, Inter-Am. Bar Ass’n Conference, Cartagena, Colombia

    1989