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Alexander M. Giles

Alexander M. Giles

Principal


agiles@semmes.com

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Baltimore, MD Office
Suite 1400
25 S. Charles Street
Baltimore MD, 21201
410.576.4882
410.539.5223

Experience

Mr. Giles practices primarily in the areas of maritime law and business litigation. He has represented clients before various Federal and State courts, the Federal Maritime Commission, the Office of Administrative Hearings in Maryland, and before the U.S. Coast Guard.

He has experience handling virtually every kind of maritime dispute, including, but not limited to, cargo claims, arrest and attachment proceedings, limitation of liability proceedings, marine death and personal injury claims, collision and allision cases, claims involving toxic substances, salvage claims, marine insurance claims, suits involving breaches of maritime contracts and charter parties, marine products liability claims, license suspension and revocation proceedings, recreational boating claims, and vessel excise tax claims.

In addition to his maritime practice, Mr. Giles also has handled various business litigation matters including, but not limited to, contract disputes, fraud and fraudulent conveyance claims, representation of creditors in bankruptcy proceedings, and legal malpractice cases.

Admitted

  • 2008, United States Supreme Court
  • 2001, United States District Court, District of Columbia
  • 2000, United States Court of Appeals For Fourth Circuit
  • 2000, District of Columbia
  • 1998, United States District Court of Maryland
  • 1998, Maryland

Education

  • University of Baltimore Law School (J.D., 1997)
  • Frostburg State University (B.S., 1994)

Affiliations, Associations & Special Achievements

  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
    • Board of Directors (2011-present)
    • Proctor in Admiralty
    • Vice Chair, Marine Ecology and Criminal Law Committee (2008-2012)
    • Secretary, Marine Ecology and Criminal Law Committee (2004-2008)
    • Chair, Young Lawyers Committee (2009-2011)
    • Vice Chair, Young Lawyers Committee (2007-2009)
    • Secretary, Young Lawyers Committee (2005-2007)
    • Member of Uniformity Committee
    • Member of Stevedoring, Marine Terminals and Vessel Services Committee
    • Member of Planning and Arrangements Committee (2008-present)
  • Propeller Club of the United States, International
    • Treasurer (2011-2012)
    • U.S. Representative, European Association of Propellar Clubs (2011-2012)
    • Chair, Executive Vice President Search Committee (2010-2012)
    • Executive Committee (2008-present)
    • Third Vice President (2007-2008)
    • Convention Chairman, 2008 International Propeller Club Convention
  • Propeller Club of the United States, Baltimore Chapter
    • Trustee, Charitable Trust Board (2005-present)
    • President of Charitable Trust Board (2004-2005)
    • President (2003-2004)
    • Executive Vice President (2002-2003)
    • Board of Directors (2001-2002)
    • Member of Scholarship Committee (2001-2009)
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute (SEALI)
    • Board of Directors (2008-2010)
  • Baltimore Maritime Museum
    • Advisory Board Member (2001-2005)
  • Baltimore Port Alliance
  • Rule Day Law Club (2012-present)
  • Arthritis Foundation, Maryland Chapter
    • Board of Directors (2005-2008)
    • Public Policy Committee (2004-2008)
    • Lifetime Achievement Award Dinner Planning Committee (2002-2003)
  • Baltimore Junior Association of Commerce
    • Planning Committee for Port Person of the Year Luncheon (2002-2008)

Honors and Awards

  • Maryland Super Lawyers (2013 to present)
  • Maryland Super Lawyers Rising Stars (2009-2012)
  • President’s Citation for Outstanding Service, International Propeller Club (2008)
  • SmartCEO Legal Elite Top 100 Attorneys (2009)
  • Best Lawyers in America (Maritime Law) (2010-2017)
  • International Propeller Club “Member of the Year” (2011)
  • Who’s Who Legal Transport (Shipping) (2016)

Presentations

  • “The End of the Package Limitation As We Know It: What the Rotterdam Rules Would Mean for Carriers, Stevedores, and Terminal Operators”, Maritime Law Association Fall 2009 Meetings, Hilton Head, South Carolina (November 6, 2009)
  • Facilitator, “Practical Considerations In Maritime Arrest and Attachment Proceedings”, Maritime Law Association, Spring 2010 Meetings, New York, New York (May 6, 2010)
  • “What is a Vessel? Developments since Stewart v. Dutra and expectations in light of Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach.” Rule Day Law Club, Baltimore, Maryland (November 13, 2012)