Rhode Island’s Clear Choice for Maritime Law
For two decades, Olenn and Penza has represented dozens of fishing vessels, fishermen, and insurers in all aspects of civil maritime litigation, including insurance defense and litigation in all aspects of Jones Act, unseaworthiness, and maintenance and cure claims. Over the years, our admiralty practice has expanded into litigation and legal services involving maritime employment contracts, insurance coverage, and subrogation.
A Record of Success on the Water
Our attorneys have successfully tried both jury and non-jury trials in Rhode Island federal and state courts, as well as numerous appeals to the First Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2008, Olenn & Penza successfully represented two of the largest fishing vessels in New England in the first fishing agreement violation case under 46 U.S.C. §10601 and §11107 in the First Circuit. The verdict was subsequently affirmed in the First Circuit.
Changing Course Quickly
Over the last decade, the commercial fishing and maritime insurance industry have faced dramatic changes in Jones Act and general maritime personal injury case law, resulting in increasing business challenges to the industry, including increased costs of litigation, larger personal injury awards, and consistently increased regulatory restrictions. Olenn & Penza has, and continues to understand and meet these challenges for its clients by implementing practical and cost-effective methods in handling admiralty claims and disputes, including the resolution of dozens of claims through arbitration and mediation.