Greenberg Traurig Shareholder Kerri L. Barsh to Appear before the United States Supreme Court on Behalf of Petitioner in Pivotal Admiralty Jurisdiction Case

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Fane Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach, FL

Kerri L. Barsh, co-chair of national environmental practice group at international law firm Greenberg Traurig LLP will appear before the United States Supreme Court this fall on behalf of the petitioner in the case of Fane Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach, FL, No. 11-626. The Lozman case is one of a very select number of cases accepted for review by the Court.

The question presented for the Supreme Court’s consideration is “whether a floating structure that is indefinitely moored receives power and other utilities from shore and is not intended to be used in maritime transportation or commerce constitutes a ‘vessel’ under 1 U.S.C. § 3, thus triggering federal maritime jurisdiction.”

This case illustrates the significance of whether a floating residential structure is a "vessel," not only as a trigger for federal maritime jurisdiction but also as a substantive matter with respect to the local and state regulation of floating residences. In light of the consequences of being determined as a "vessel" for purposes of federal tort, employment and maritime safety laws, the Court’s decision will be of great import to floating casinos, restaurants, and hotels.

Amicus briefs in support of Lozman are due on May 14, 2012. Oral argument is expected to occur in October of this year but no firm date has been set. Barsh’s co-counsel include Supreme Court practitioner Mr. Jeffrey L. Fisher, co-director of Stanford’s Law School Supreme Court Litigation Clinic; Mr. Rob Bowling of Cobb & Cole; and Mr. Ed Mullins and Ms. Annette Escobar of Astigarraga Davis.

Barsh has represented public and private clients on an array of environmental regulatory and litigation matters including due diligence, environmental assessment and liability matters, energy and infrastructure projects, wetlands and coastal permitting, complex land use matters, hazardous materials contamination, and other compliance and enforcement cases.

Greenberg Traurig’s environmental practice is one of the firm’s oldest practice groups and consists of an integrated network of more than 60 lawyers and five environmental professionals in the United States and abroad. The firm’s results-oriented approach to problem solving has led national companies and other organizations to turn to the environmental team with their most challenging environmental issues.
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