What I Do

David M. Spotts, Esq.

Effective lawyers succeed in part by pointing out (diplomatically) what facts the judge does not understand accurately, or by making an argument never tried before in a particular jurisdiction. Talented lawyers know their cases and their files better than anyone else, inside and out. Accomplished lawyers understand the policy behind the law and why the laws are written a particular way.

When selecting a maritime lawyer, you should inquire about the number of maritime cases they have handled. Select a lawyer who provides honest, direct answers to all your questions. Carefully consider the following traits of your potential counsel:


Not all maritime lawyers are the same. Select a maritime lawyer with experience not only in handling but settling maritime cases.


If settling your maritime claim quickly means compromising and getting less than you deserve, you may need a maritime lawyer with a different approach. Sometimes a settlement outside of the courtroom is possible, but until you've won all the compensation you deserve, you'll need a team that will be prepared and willing to try your case in the courtroom if necessary.


Just because a maritime law firm is big doesn't mean they're the best. Some maritime law firms are so large that their many-layered organizational structures are an impediment to efficient practice. Ask whether the firm avoids wasteful spending and delays caused by inefficient practices, and request specific examples of how they will handle your maritime case efficiently.

I am an experienced maritime lawyer dedicated to maritime law. My extensive knowledge of maritime law, combined with a personal commitment to my clients, makes me a formidable advocate for your rights in the courtroom.

I am AV® rated by my peers in the Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory, its highest rating. The Legal Ability rating "A" stands for "very high to preeminent." "V" stands for "adherence to professional standards of conduct and ethics, reliability, diligence and other criteria relevant to the discharge of professional responsibilities."