Julius “Sam” Hines practices in admiralty and maritime law as well as other areas of commercial and business law. Having worked as an admiralty lawyer in the port of Charleston, South Carolina, for nearly two decades, he is well positioned to assist shipping clients with all manner of maritime emergencies, such as oil and hazardous materials spills, vessel collisions and groundings, cargo damage, towing incidents, and injuries to employees and other personnel. In the course of his career, Mr. Hines has boarded hundreds of ships, tugs, barges, and other craft to investigate marine incidents. He carries a “TWIC” card and is ready to provide on-scene casualty assistance around the clock, both in Charleston and in other ports, especially those many ports in the U.S. and abroad where the firm has a presence.
Mr. Hines also handles a variety of marine-related litigation and arbitration matters, including charter party disputes, vessel seizures, limitation of liability proceedings, maritime liens, cargo damage claims, salvage claims, marine insurance disputes, ship construction and repair disputes, and death or injury claims. Hines is himself an avid boater, so his practice extends to recreational boating matters including contracts to build or sell yachts and other recreational vessels, vessel documentation and registration, warranty disputes, product liability claims and operator negligence claims.
In the transactional arena, Mr. Hines represents lenders, vessel owners, and other interested parties with respect to maritime transactions, including vessel sales, mortgages, and charters. As with his litigation practice, Mr. Hines’ transactional interest extends both to commercial and recreational vessels.
Beyond maritime work, Mr. Hines has a broad trial and appellate litigation practice. Many of his cases are tied to domestic or international trade and have involved sales and other contracts, Incoterms, letters of credit, customs, trucking, and warehousing. As a litigator and advisor with strong shipping and trade-related interests, Hines is a local point of contact for the firm’s global international trade practice.
In addition to ship construction and repair, Hines handles other matters involving engineering and construction, such as commercial and industrial construction disputes.
Mr. Hines serves as an adjunct professor at the Charleston School of Law, where he teaches maritime and international trade law. In August of 2017, Mr. Hines traveled as a Fulbright Specialist to the University of KwaZulu Natal in Durban, South Africa, where he lectured on maritime law.