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Samuel P. Blatchley

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Transportation & Maritime Attorney in Boston, MA

Eckland & Blando LLP
22 Boston Warf Road, 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02210
Phone: 401-330-7417
Selected to Rising Stars: 2013 - 2022
Licensed in Massachusetts Since: 2007
Practice Areas: Transportation/Maritime
Attorney Profile

Samuel P. Blatchley is a partner at Eckland & Blando located in Boston, Massachusetts. Representing clients in admiralty and maritime law matters, he has over 14 years of experience practicing law. Admitted to practice in the states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York and Maine, he is a proctor in admiralty, certified by the Maritime Law Association of the United States. 

With extensive experience and skill, Mr. Blatchley has represented vessel owners, charterers, bunker suppliers, marine trade providers and more. He provides dedicated and compassionate legal services, firmly committed to the needs of his clients and aggressively fighting for their rights. 

Mr. Blatchley received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history and political science, graduating with high honors and distinction, from the University of Wisconsin. He obtained his Juris Doctor from the Tulane Law School and received the Maritime Law Certificate. He also was the recipient of the CALI Award for Marine Insurance.

Mr. Blatchley is licensed to practice in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine, the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut, the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit. Esteemed for the remarkable legal work he has done, Mr. Blatchley received the Pro Bono Community Champion Award and was a Hilldale Award Winner for Honors.

Mr. Blatchley diligently engages with the legal community and has memberships in the Rhode Island Bar Association, the Maine State Bar Association and Mariners Club of Massachusetts. He serves as a corporate member of the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association and is the chairman of Practice & Procedure of the Maritime Law Association of the U.S.

Actively involved in giving back to those who need it most, Mr. Blatchley serves on the Panel Counsel of the United States Coast Guard Office of the Chief Administrative Law Judge. He also used to serve in the Kids in Need of Defense, helping out with immigration cases. Mr. Blatchley has spoken extensively and has delivered speeches in prominent legal associations.

Practice Areas
  • 100%Transportation/Maritime
Focus Areas

Admiralty & Maritime Law, Transportation Law

Selections

10 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2013 - 2022

About Samuel P. Blatchley

First Admitted: 2007, Massachusetts

Professional Webpage: https://www.ecklandblando.com/attorney/samuel-p-blatchley/

Verdicts/Settlements

  • RECENT REPORTED DECISIONS Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst. v. ATS Specialized, Inc., 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 158516 (D. Mass. Aug. 20, 2021) (holding that in a case which arose from substantial damage done to submarine during its transport, plaintiffs sued for breach of contract, and liability under Carmack Amendment, to extent defendants sought to limit entirety of potential liability of client, defendants’ motion was denied as there remained genuine issues of material fact as to total damages suffered by client) In re Victory Chimes, Inc., 2021 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 82660 (D. Me. Apr. 30, 2021) (holding that client was entitled to maintain limitation action under the Limitation Act of 1851 and entering a default against non-answering parties) Atlantic Specialty Insurance Co. v. Karl’s Boat Shop, Inc., 2020 WL 6067056 (D. Mass. Oct. 14, 2020) (confirming Court’s grant of Summary Judgment in Declaratory Judgment Action) Atlantic Specialty Insurance Co. v. Karl’s Boat Shop, Inc., ---F.Supp.3d---, 2020 WL 4904932 (D. Mass. Aug. 20, 2020) (granting Summary Judgement to client in Declaratory Judgment Action and holding marina policy was maritime contract and that the policy was void as a result of the maritime doctrine of uberrimae fidei) Cashman Equipment Corp. v. American Marine Corporation, ---F.Supp.3d---, 2020 WL 3840902 (D. Mass. July 7, 2020) (granting Summary Judgement to client and enforcing the “knock-for-knock” provision of BIMCO TOWHIRE exculpating client for claimed damages in excess of $1,000,000 during Winter Storm Grayson) Coastal Marine Management, LLC d/b/a Boston Harbor Shipyard & Marina v. Additional Return, LLC, 411 F.Supp.3d 118 (D. Mass. 2019) (granting order that client was entitled to seek unpaid custody costs from mortgagee, that mortgagee was responsible for its pro rata share of custody costs, and that client was entitled to an award of prejudgment interest) Global Companies, LLC & others v. HOP Energy, LLC & another, Civil Action No. 16-03347-E, Suffolk Superior Court, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, October 1, 2019 (denying opposing party’s Motion for Summary Judgment and granting client’s Cross - Motion for Summary resulting in Judgment for client in the amount of $650,598.07 plus interest) Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution v. ATS Specialized, Inc., 2019 WL 1276124 (D. Mass. Mar. 20, 2019) (sustaining client’s objection to Magistrate Judge’s Report & Recommendation and ordering that client’s claims for unfair and deceptive practices in connection with the destruction of the submersible Deep Sea Challenger were not preempted by federal law; allowing client’s claims against Australian government Museum for damage to the submersible Deep Sea Challenger; allowing client’s claims against freight forwarder for damage to the submersible Deep Sea Challenger) Coastal Marine Management, LLC d/b/a Boston Harbor Shipyard & Marina v. Additional Return, LLC, 2018 WL 6727056 (D. Mass. Dec. 20, 2018) (granting order that client was entitled to the proceeds of the sale of a seized vessel) Anderson Trucking Service, Inc. v. Eagle Underwriting Group, Inc., 2018 A.M.C. 2802 (D. Conn. 2018) (dismissing claims against clients under the Carriage of Goods By Sea Act for lack of personal jurisdiction) The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc. v. Raw Seafoods, Inc., 2017 A.M.C. 1950 (Mass. App. Ct. Apr. 26, 2017) (holding that damage to scallops at processing facility was a covered occurrence under the client’s insurance policy) In the matter of L&G Fisheries, LLC, 2015 A.M.C. 2179 (E.D.N.Y. 2015)(holding that client fishing vessel owner was entitled to proceed under the Shipowner’s Limitation of Liability Act and that liability under that Act would be decided before a Judge rather than a jury) Summitbridge Credit Investments, III, LLC v. Hunt Marine I, LLC, 2014 WL 55105 (D.R.I. 2014) (holding that client was entitled to a judgment entitling him to take control of a tug company and its assets) Barsom v. P/V Aquidneck Ferry, 2013 WL 5447551 (D.R.I. Sept. 30, 2013) (holding that Rule D of the Supplemental Admiralty Rules conferred admiralty jurisdiction where client sought to recover legal title to vessel that was wrongfully deprived)

Transactions

  • Representation of yacht dealers and buyers in vessel purchase and sale agreements; Representation of vessel owners and charterers in bareboat, time and voyage charter negotiations; Representation of vessel owners with respect to vessel documentation and flagging issues; Representation of banks and private lenders in the negotiation of Preferred Ship and Fleet Mortgages; Representation of various entities in marine services agreements; Representation of the purchaser of a preferred ship mortgage note on a vessel in the purchase of the mortgage note, the self help remedy of private repossession and sale of the vessel pursuant to state law, and the subsequent federal documentation of the vessel; Representation of restaurant in permitting and construction of floating barge for dining

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • The designation "Proctor in Admiralty" is of ancient origin and applied to lawyers entitled to handle maritime litigation. The word "Proctor" was derived from the Roman word "Procurator", which was translated into English as "Proctor" when the Admiralty Courts were set up in England in the 13th century with jurisdiction over disputes within the Royal Navy as well as purely commercial maritime matters. The designation was continued in the American colonies and, until recently, in our federal court system. "Proctor" was deemed appropriate for use in the Maritime Law Association of the United States to designate the most distinguished class of membership for practicing maritime attorneys.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Contributor to Benedict's Maritime Bulletin
  • Maritime Liens & Mortgages (Guest lecture), Suffolk University Law School, 2019
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Vessel/Permit Seizure, Maritime Law Association of the US, 2021
  • Substitute Security, In Rem Jurisdiction, Appellate Jurisdiction, and Lozman, Benedicts Maritime Bulletin, Vol. 11, No. 2, 2013

Educational Background

  • University of Wisconsin, Madison, B.A., in History and Political Science, 2004, With Honors & With Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa

Honors/Awards

  • Sam was qualified as a Proctor in Admiralty by the Maritime Law Association of the United States in 2015.  The Proctor designation is granted by the Maritime Law Association of the United States, "to designate the most distinguished class of membership for practicing maritime attorneys.", Proctor in Admiralty, Maritime Law Association of the United States, 2015
  • Pro Bono Community Champion
  • CALI Award – Marine Insurance, 2007
  • Hilldale Award Winner for Honors Thesis, 2004
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 2004
  • New England Super Lawyers Rising Star™, Transportation and Maritime Law

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Maritime Law Association of the United States: Chairman for the Maritime Practice and Procedure Committee, Point person for review of Local Admiralty Rules for all Federal Districts, Salvage Committee, Contributor to the Recent Developments in Salvage Law Marine Finance Committee, Civil Rule 82 Working Group;  Member of Ad-Hoc Subcommittee for District of Rhode Island Local Rules Review Committee which drafted the Local Admiralty Rules for the District of Rhode Island, effective as of January 15, 2013; Massachusetts Bar Association; Connecticut Maritime Association; Rhode Island Bar Association; New York State Bar Association, 2021
  • Massachusetts Lobsterman’s Association, Corporate Member, 2021 to Present
  • Mariners Club of Massachusetts, Member, 2017 to Present
  • Maine Bar Association, Member, 2017 to Present
  • Rhode Island Bar Association, Member, 2010 to Present
  • Maine
  • New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 1st Circuit
  • U.S. District Court District of Rhode Island
  • U.S. District Court District of Connecticut
  • Rhode Island
  • U.S. District Court District of Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court District of Maine
  • Massachusetts

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Panel Counsel United States Coast Guard Office of the Chief of Administrative Law Judge, 2015 to Present
  • Kids in Need of Defense Immigration Cases, 2015 to 2017

Representative Clients

  • Represent client, one of the largest scallop fleets in the world, in claims under the Jones Act and the general maritime law.
  • Represent client, one of the largest scallop fleets in the world, in claims under the Jones Act and the general maritime law.
  • Represent client, which is one of the largest scallop fleets in the world, in connection with claims under the Jones Act and general maritime law

Industry Groups

  • Shipping
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Office Location for Samuel P. Blatchley

22 Boston Warf Road
7th Floor
Boston, MA 02210

Phone: 401-330-7417

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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