James H. Hohenstein is the national practice group leader of the firm's Maritime Group. He practices in the Litigation Section and focuses primarily in the areas of international and domestic commercial litigation, including charter parties, cargo damage actions, maritime liens, maritime bankruptcies and workouts, as well as marine casualty and insurance issues. He has participated in a wide variety of arbitrations and litigations involving such matters, both in the U.S. and abroad, and has appeared in numerous actions in New York, as well as other maritime jurisdictions in the United States. He has extensive trial experience in commercial and maritime cases, including bankruptcy actions as well as litigations involving submerged utility assets.
Mr. Hohenstein has also had a distinguished naval career, commencing his service as a surface line officer, during which time he qualified as an officer of the deck as well as an engineering officer of the watch. He subsequently was selected for the Navy's law school education program while on active duty and then commenced a period of service as a member of the Navy's Judge Advocate General's Corps. During his service as a member of the active duty JAG Corps, Mr. Hohenstein was assigned to the Navy's Admiralty Division at its headquarters in Washington, where his ultimate assignment was as Assistant Admiralty Counsel of the Navy. While serving in the naval reserve, Mr. Hohenstein was the Commanding Officer of the Navy's Admiralty Law Unit. In May 2007, Mr. Hohenstein retired from the Navy, having achieved the rank of Captain.
During law school, Mr. Hohenstein was a member of the law review.