About Our Practice
Hi, I’m Dennis O’Bryan, I’m the founding member of O’Bryan Baun Karamanian. We’ve been in existence since 1983 and we practice and specialize in maritime law and railroad law. My firm has a footprint – we practice in every major port city of the United States; from New York to Los Angeles to Seattle to New Orleans, and all ports in between.
Our Areas of Practice
We’re pretty much a multifaceted law firm. We practice a type of law that applies to maritime workers — whether on shore or on a vessel. We practice with regard to railroad workers who are injured on the job and we also do Defense Base Act work, which has to do with civilian translators and such on military bases throughout the world, to which the Longshore Act is applied.
Jones Act Seamen
Jones Act seamen take in all manner and walks of professional activities on-board a ship. You could be a barber or a singer, or a waiter on a cruise ship. You can be a construction worker involved in a dredging project. You can even be a crew member on a racing yacht. You could be a musician on a cruise ship, you can be a server on a cruise ship, you can be a surgeon on a transport ship. All of these things are taken in under the umbrella of a Jones Act Seaman. The most important thing is a substantial connection to a vessel or a fleet of vessels in duration and in your responsibilities to do the vessel’s work.
Admiralty law, or general maritime law, is basically the oldest body of law still in practice in the world today. It’s applied in the United States in many contexts for anything that happens on the water; whether it be the oceans, whether it be a navigable river, such as the Mississippi or Columbia or Ohio River, or a navigable lake like the Great Lakes. Admiralty law is a specialized area of law and we practice it and we know all the rules.
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