Maritime Law

A Specialty Practice in Maritime and Related Law

Marler & Associates is equipped and specifically designed to render service at the specialist level in every category included within the discipline, including: claims in respect of bills of lading and charterparties, disputes arising from charterparties, arbitration, collisions and related casualties, oil spills and environmental disasters, personal injury, salvage, towage, freight forwarding and customs broking; contracts relative to cargo shipments, charterparties, documentary letters of credit, agency, shipbuilding, ship repairing, towage, terminals and warehousing.

David Marler

David Marler, outside the Supreme Court of Canada having successfully pleaded the landmark decision in the "BUENOS AIRES MARU" 1986

The firm is proud to serve ship owners, charterers, underwriters, P&I Clubs, ship-brokers, managers and agents, stevedores, terminal operators and warehousemen, ship suppliers, shipbuilders and ship repairers, customs brokers and freight forwarders, importers and exporters. In addition, it numbers amongst its friends referring law firms from around the world.

David Marler is perhaps best known within Canadian juridical circles as the lawyer who pleaded successfully before the Supreme Court of Canada the three cases – the “Buenos Aires Maru”, 1986; “Chartwell”, 1989; “Monk”, 1991 (known informally as “the trilogy”) – that define the constitutional and legal parameters of Canadian maritime law, the degree to which that law is federal or provincial, the jurisdiction of the Federal Court of Canada in maritime matters, and the validity of non-responsibility and restrictive liability clauses in contracts pertaining to the carriage of goods by sea.

David Marler has served on a number of Commissions of Inquiry into marine matters upon the appointment of the Canadian Minister of Transport. He has published a variety of articles to maritime industry journals and has served as a guest lecturer in maritime law at the Faculty of Law, McGill University, to the Toronto Marine Loss Group of the Canadian Board of Marine Underwriters, to the Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association, the Insurance Institute of Canada, the Shipping Federation of Canada and Concordia University (Montreal, Quebec), the Canadian Maritime Law Association and a past president of the Association of Average Adjusters of Canada.


Mr. Marler also provides a service to his clients in commercial, corporate and civil law.