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Firm Overview

Bold Advocacy and Wise Counsel.

Since 1906 we have advocated for our clients with the skill and litigation judgment developed over decades of trial experience. We strive to develop an analysis and strategy best suited to each matter, in order to serve our clients’ best interests and to help them achieve their objectives.

With two partners who are Past Presidents of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, we are recognized throughout the world as leaders in maritime and admiralty law. But we also have deep experience in complex civil litigation, the defense of product liability and personal injury matters, and railroad and motor carrier law. Our attorneys counsel clients on business, corporate and trust and estate matters. We maintain close relations with many national law firms, often partnering with them in major litigation throughout the state.

Because of our prominence in the world of maritime commerce, we maintain close and long-standing ties with clients and colleagues throughout North America, the European Union, Latin America, and Asia. We routinely represent our clients in state and federal courts throughout Florida and the Southeast, providing domestic and international clients with extensive local knowledge as well as the highest level of service.

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Alternative Dispute Resolution

Three of our attorneys are Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Court Mediators: Andrew J. Knight II, Thomas C. Sullivan and Charles M. Trippe, Jr. Mr. Trippe is also an experienced arbitrator. Our mediators are familiar with complex civil matters, and bring to the table deep experience in the transportation field, including rail, maritime and aviation. To schedule a mediation or for further information about alternative dispute resolution services, please contact Andrew J. Knight II at


Martindale-Hubbell Super Lawyers Chambers and Partners - Top Ranked 2015 - Moseley Prichard Parrish Knight & Jones Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys 2011

A Part Of Jacksonville History

As one of Jacksonville’s longest established law firms, our origins were in maritime and railroad transportation law, which were the mainstays of the city’s industrial economy in the early years of the twentieth century. As Jacksonville has grown in population, and its economy has multiplied in both size and complexity, we have kept pace and have expanded well beyond our original areas of practice over the decades.

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Our Building

The firm is headquartered in the historic El Modelo Cigar Factory, built circa 1887. It is a National Register of Historic Places site, cited by the Jacksonville Historic Commission as one of the few downtown structures to have survived the Great Fire of 1901.

A classic example of late nineteenth century commercial construction, the building was visited by the Cuban patriot Jose Marti in 1893, where he rallied workers to support the Cuban cause. It also housed the Plaza Hotel on its upper floors until the early part of the twentieth century, and had various occupants before and after the Second World War. Purchased by members of the firm in 1983, it was extensively restored and remodeled, with a soaring atrium and modern office space. It stands as a Jacksonville landmark, in close proximity to the new Duval County Courthouse.