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The law firm of Perry & Neblett will host Triton Networking on the first Wednesday in March, March 1. Come join us from 6-8 p.m. as we welcome them to the Ft. Lauderdale neighborhood with their first office outside of Miami.

Partner Jim Perry is an accomplished trial attorney and is hands-on with his clients and business. Bring a legal question and enjoy in some springtime camaraderie on the first Wednesday of March.

Until then, let Perry explain a little more about Perry & Neblett.

  1. Tell us about your firm. What do you specialize in?

Perry & Neblett is a full-service admiralty and maritime law firm with offices in Ft. Lauderdale and Miami. The firm has experience and expertise on maritime legal matters including, but not limited to, personal injury and wrongful death claims, crew wage claims, chartering, vessel documentation, marine insurance, liens, salvage and repatriation.

  1. What sorts of things can you do for yacht captains and crew?

My firm has represented a number of captains and crew in claims for unpaid wages, repatriation, personal injury and other crew-related issues.

  • What sorts of things should captains and crew do to help you do your job better?

My golden rule for captains and crew is not to sign anything important without a quick legal review. I can’t tell you how many captains and crew have signed a document without really understanding that they were signing away all of their legal rights. I am happy to help a crew member review a proposed employment agreement, or any other important document, at no charge. It’s my way of saying thank you to the marine industry.

  • A lot of times, mariners are hesitant to call an attorney. When should they?

There is an old adage about an ounce of prevention being worth a pound of cure. And it still holds true today. Most of the big problems facing a captain and crew can be avoided with a little bit of prevention. Employment issues involving wages, repatriation and health care can easily be addressed in an employment agreement at the beginning of a new job. Most big problems start as little problems. That’s when a mariner should call a maritime attorney. Don’t let things escalate out of control.

  • Americans are often criticized for being litigious. What do you think about that stereotype?

I don’t think Americans are overly litigious. I think that Americans are not afraid to stand up for their legal rights. Fortunately, our legal system is one of the few in the world that affords the “little guy” an opportunity to have his day in court.

  • Tell us about your staff.

I am fortunate to have a great team in our Ft. Lauderdale office. Gino Butto is a terrific maritime attorney, and can be found at most Triton networking events. Tracy is our marine documentation specialist and her southern “twang” can be heard up and down 17th Street. Judy Richardson is our litigation paralegal, and probably the first person someone calling in will talk to. Everyone in the firm is an avid boater and loves working in the marine industry.

  • And what’s this new thing you are planning called Open Bar?

We are working on a monthly get-together where captains and crew can stop in at our office on 17th Street and ask any type of legal question they may have. We are going to host the question-and-answer session out on our patio and serve cold beverages, hence the name Open Bar.

 

All captains, crew and yacht industry professionals are welcome to join us on March 1 from 6-8 p.m. at 1650 S.E. 17th St., Suite 200 (33316). This is the Art Institute building, not the bank building just to the west. No RSVP required. Just bring a smile and some business cards. You never know who you might meet at Triton Networking.

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