Charles D. Naylor, a Los Angeles cruise injury attorney, is now recognized by the State Bar of California as a Certified Legal Specialist in Admiralty and Maritime Law. Naylor is among an elite group of only 26 to be recognized as specialists in this practice area in California.
To be eligible for certification as a specialist, an attorney must prove that Admiralty and Maritime Law is, and has been, a substantial part of their practice for at least five years and must meet practice area specific continuing education requirements. Eligible attorneys must then meet criteria that demonstrates their experience and proficiency through prior case handling or pass a written examination. Additionally, they must also be favorably evaluated by other attorneys and judges familiar with their work.
“Specialization certification is significant because it will help direct people to the lawyers who are most qualified to handle their case,” says Charles D. Naylor of the Law Offices of Charles D. Naylor, a cruise injury attorney practicing maritime law for more than 35 years. “With Maritime Law in particular, there are many nuances that can easily be missed or misinterpreted by a lawyer unfamiliar with or new to the practice area, and the results can be devastating to the client.”
Maritime law is a federal law that governs most injuries that occur on the high seas; navigable waters of the United States including many lakes and rivers; or on piers, docks, wharves and beaches. A maritime personal injury lawyer is the best choice for injured and ill:
- Cruise ship passengers and crew members
- Jones Act seamen, including merchant sailors and commercial fisherman
- Longshore, harbor and shipyard workers
- Offshore oil and gas workers
- Recreational boat passengers, including sail boats, yachts and jet skis
The State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization certifies specialists in 11 areas of law. Charles D. Naylor served as commissioner of the consulting group charged with developing the standards and criteria for Admiralty and Maritime Law specialist certification in California.
“What we do is very different from state personal injury and state workers compensation. I felt strongly that there needed to be more awareness about maritime law to protect the rights of the injured,” said Naylor. “Injured cruise ship passengers are among the most in need of increased awareness. When an injured passenger hires their local personal injury lawyer rather than a cruise injury attorney, they run the risk of blowing the statute of limitations or improperly filing the claim.”
For more information about the legal specialization process, visit the State Bar of California’s Board of Legal Specialization website.
About Law Offices of Charles D. Naylor
Since 1974, the Law Offices of Charles D. Naylor has been compassionately and aggressively representing injured workers from the maritime trades. With more than 100 years combined experience, our attorneys specialize in Maritime Personal Injury, Jones Act, Longshore & Harbor Workers Compensation Act and Cruise Ship Injury.
In 2007, Charles D. Naylor obtained a $55.2 million jury verdict against the now bankrupt DaimlerChrysler for the wrongful death of a longshoreman (Los Angeles Superior Court, BC 332487, Mraz v. DaimlerChrysler Corporation).
Charles D. Naylor received California Lawyer magazine’s prestigious CLAY Award in 2008, has a 5 out of 5 AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized by Southern California Super Lawyers as one of the “top attorneys in Southern California” (2007- 2013).