Great Lakes Maritime Attorneys

Representing Seamen, Harbor Workers & Longshoremen

The Great Lakes, a vast expanse of lakes at the Canada-U.S. border, represent the largest group of freshwater lakes in the world by surface area and hold 21% of the Earth's surface freshwater. The states bordering these lakes—Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York—are home to a vibrant maritime industry. 

Our role as Great Lakes maritime attorneys is to represent those who have suffered injuries or illnesses in this unique maritime environment. Given the significant cargo and vessel traffic on the Great Lakes, governed by the Jones Act, maritime workers injured in these waters may be entitled to specific benefits under this and other maritime laws. Our team is dedicated to helping you navigate these laws and secure the compensation you deserve.

Key Ports in the Great Lakes Region

The Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system includes 15 international ports and about 50 smaller ports. We represent maritime workers in key ports such as:

  • Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor: Located near Lake Michigan, this port is crucial for cargo near Chicago.
  • Port of Detroit: Operated by the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority, this is a hub of maritime activity in Michigan.
  • Port of Duluth-Superior: The top-volume Great Lakes port, it plays a key role in domestic and international cargo.
  • Port of Lorain: An important shipping center on Lake Erie, Ohio, known for its cargo of limestone, coal, and iron ore.
  • Port of Milwaukee: Situated on Lake Michigan, it is recognized for its capability in handling heavy lift cargo.
  • Port of Ogdensburg: The only U.S. port on the St. Lawrence Seaway, located on the northwest border of New York.
  • Port of Oswego: A vital port in New York on Lake Ontario, handling over half a million tons of cargo annually.
  • Port of Toledo: The largest port on the Great Lakes shores, located on Lake Erie in Ohio.

Protecting the Rights of Maritime Workers in the Great Lakes

At Arnold & Itkin, we represent injured maritime workers not only in the Great Lakes region but across the United States, encompassing all navigable territorial and international waters. As Great Lakes maritime attorneys, we understand the complexities of maritime claims in this unique region. Our experience in handling countless maritime cases has led to the successful recovery of more than $20 billion in life-changing verdicts and settlements for our clients.

To explore your rights as a seaman, longshoreman, or harbor worker, contact a Great Lakes maritime attorney at Arnold & Itkin by calling (888) 346-5024.

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