Stacey & Jacobsen, LLP

Seattle, Washington Maritime Lawyers

Stacey & Jacobsen, LLP

4039 21st Avenue West
Suite 401

Seattle, Washington 98199

Phone(206) 282-3100 or(877) 332-5529
Fax (206) 282-1149

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Law Firm Overview

Stacey & Jacobsen, LLP is a law firm based in Seattle, Washington which specializes in maritime law. Our attorneys are licensed to practice law in Alaska, Washington and Oregon as we serve clients nationwide seeking experienced maritime lawyers.
Stacey & Jacobsen focuses exclusively on maritime law and we have represented thousands of injured workers including seamen, fishermen, deckhands, tugboat workers and ferry workers. We are the most experienced maritime law firm in the Pacific Northwest and our firm is recognized as the preeminent maritime law firm in the United States.

By exclusively specializing in maritime law Stacey & Jacobsen has gained a unique understanding of the industry and an extensive knowledge of maritime law. Our firm has delivered millions of dollars in compensation to our clients, including a long list of settlements and verdicts resulting in several million dollars of compensation. If you have been involved in an accident at sea, the maritime law experts at Stacey & Jacobsen can help you recover from your injuries and obtain significant financial compensation.

Areas of Law

Additional Areas of Law: Commercial Fishing Accidents; Bristol Bay Gillnetters; Brusco Tug & Barge Injury Claims; Crab Boat Injuries; Factory Trawlers; Foss Maritime Injury Claims; Kodiak Maritime Injury Claims; Trident Seafood Claims; Unseaworthiness; Deckhand Injury Claims; Ferry Worker Accidents; Maritime Workplace Discrimination; Medical Negligence Aboard Ships; Federal Maritime; Offshore/Nearshore Accidents; Crane & Winch Accidents; Offshore Oil Rigs - Oil Supply; Passenger & Recreational Boating; Personal Watercraft; Recreational Boat Accidents.

Areas of Law Description

- Jones Act and Maritime Injury Claims

Our attorneys have successfully handled thousands of Jones Act claims for our clients. We have recovered millions of dollars in compensatory damages for injured seamen.


Joseph S. Stacey Mr. Joseph S. Stacey
Admiralty and Maritime



  • Alaska Fishermen's Union
  • Inland-Boatmen's Union of the Pacific
  • Alaska State Bar
  • Oregon State Bar

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Articles Published by Stacey & Jacobsen, LLP

 Deep Water Horizon Oil Rig Disaster Focuses Need to Repeal Limitation of Liability Act

The owners of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig, Transocean Ltd, have filed a Petition For Limitation of Liability in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

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 Deadly Charter Boat Accidents Mark Oregon and Washington Maritime History

Commercial fishing is certainly dangerous, but many of Washington and Oregon’s worst maritime disasters have involved salmon charter boat fishing accidents.

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 Why the Maritime Primary Duty Doctrine Should Be Beached and Buried in Jones Act Seaman Cases

Given the Supreme Court of the United States’ holding in Miles v. Apex Marine, 498 U.S. 19 (1990), the time has come for the Primary Duty defense to be beached and buried.

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 Negligence Claims under the Jones Act

It is no secret that working aboard vessels at sea involves the risk of serious physical injury and even death. Traditional maritime law did not allow sailors and their families to pursue negligence claims against employers in the event of injury. Claims for injured seaman were historically limited to medical expenses, nursing services, and wages until the end of the vessel's voyage.

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 Punitive Damages May Be Available in Maintenance and Cure Cases

This past June, the US Supreme Court issued its opinion in Atlantic Sounding Co. v. Townsend, a maritime law case that required the Court to decide whether injured seamen are entitled to punitive damages when their employers willfully fail to provide them with maintenance and cure. In a 5-4 decision, the majority ruled that punitive damages may be awarded when the vessel's owner willfully withholds the required payments for maintenance and cure.

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 Who is Covered by the Jones Act?

The Jones Act provides coverage to seamen who work aboard vessels. Most employees aboard ships, tugs, fishing boats, barges, and dredges will be Jones Act seamen. To be a seaman, you must be more or less permanently connected to the vessel that is in navigation, and your work must contribute to the mission of the vessel.

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 What Vessels Are Covered by the Jones Act?

The Jones Act applies to almost all vessels in navigation or capable of navigation. The Supreme Court of the United States has issued an opinion defining vessels.

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 What is the Jones Act?

The Jones Act provides benefits to seamen who are injured or killed through the negligence of their employers. To be covered by the Jones Act a worker must be in the services of the vessel, and his employer’s negligence must cause the injury or death.

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 What Benefits Are Available Under the Jones Act?

Federal maritime law governs benefits to injured seamen. The Jones Act together with the General Maritime Law, provides compensation coverage for injured seamen.

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 I was Injured at Sea, What are my Rights?

If you have been injured at sea, you have different rights than someone who suffered a shoreside personal injury. That's one reason why it's important to be represented by an attorney who is familiar with the Jones Act and maritime law and will advocate for you to get the maximum amount of financial compensation you are entitled to receive.

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 How Can I Help My Loved One that Was Injured at Sea?

A Seaman's Injuries Affect the Whole Family

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