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Amanda focuses her defense litigation practice in the areas of premises liability, negligent security, construction litigation, and transportation. A large part of her practice involves maritime and admiralty law. Yacht and vessel owners rely on her experience with purchase and sale transactions, pre-purchase surveys, registration and documentation, vessel insurance and other matters to ensure compliance with state and federal laws and regulations.

Amanda has received much recognition throughout her career including being named a “Top Lawyer” by Naples Illustrated for her work in admiralty and maritime law (2019, 2021-2023); a “Rising Star” (2011, 2014-2017) and a Florida Super Lawyer (2023) by Florida Super Lawyers.

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In order to better protect yourself and your property, it’s a good idea to have a discussion with your insurance agent and/or your maritime lawyer about your vessel, its intended use and operation, the potential for claims and the marine insurance coverage that may be available to you.

Hidden Exclusions

Many people with significant claims after an accident, that could and/or should have been insured against and covered from, are not covered because of an exclusion or limitation that was buried in the insurance policy. These denials often could have been avoided had the person purchased a more favorable insurance policy from a different carrier. The insurance policy need not cover just the vessel, but also needs to cover you, and your passengers, in the event of an accident. If there is a serious accident, any good personal injury attorney will want to go beyond the policy limits and try to hold you personally liable.

Who, What, Where

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