Practice Description
I handle the litigation and arbitration of cases involving admiralty jurisdiction, and shoreside matters.
I represent commercial mariners (ocean and inland), recreational boaters, cruise ship passengers,
shipyard workers, and other maritime industry, government agency, and contract defense industry
persons injured on navigable waters and ashore.

Law School - St. John’s University School of Law 1993
Undergrad - SUNY Maritime College - Marine Engineering 1981, Cadet Jr Boiler Rate 3/c Training
Cruise, Cadet Diesel Rate 2/c Training Cruise; Distinguished Service Citation - Thumbnail Below

Tim Akpinar Contact Information:





(718) 224-9824

250-02 Northern Blvd
Little Neck, New York 11363

P.O. Box 620766
Little Neck, New York 11362
Academic - Attorney Akpinar
teaches law in an adjunct capacity
at SUNY Maritime College.
Professor Akpinar's Courses:

TMGT 8440 - Maritime Law -
Graduate  Level Course - A
comprehensive survey of the
principles of admiralty law. This
includes admiralty jurisdiction
and procedure, bills of lading,
charter parties, salvage, general
average, maritime liens, rights of
seamen, Jones Act, maritime tort
law, collisions, towage contracts,
pilotage, limitation of liability and
marine pollution.

GBLW 431 - Business Law -
Undergraduate Level Course -
U.S. civil procedure, federal
jurisdiction, tort law, criminal law,
elements of contracts, contract
law and breach of contract,
negotiable instruments, and

Legal - Twenty years litigation and
arbitration experience including
injury, medical, property, cargo,
and marine casualty claims

Engineering - Eleven years
experience in steam turbine
power plant operations and
engineering, including power
plant watch supervisor,
maintenance engineer, and
environmental engineer

Training - U.S. Military Sealift
Command Firefighting School.
Trained power plant
personnel in hazardous waste
management. Trained N.Y.C.
firefighters in electric generating
station hazards in an orientation
program for emergency response
workers, hazards including
138,000 volt equipment, chemical
storage, fuel oil storage

Affiliations - Gulf Coast Mariner's  
Association, Association of Trial
Lawyers of America, Maritime Law
Association of the United States,
Society of Naval Architects and
Marine Engineers
Professor Anthony
DiLernia and maritime
lawyer Tim Akpinar at
Community College.

Professor DiLernia
is Program Director
for the Maritime
Program at KCC
and holds U.S.CG.
master's license.
In the May 2006 issue of
Workboat, Tim covers the
new USCG incident
reporting regs. Significant
harm to environment is a
new category of incident
that needs to be reported
as a marine casualty. See
article on the Maritime Law
Maritime law is very
complex... have you
heard that before? Well,
certain parts of admiralty
and maritime law could
seem confusing at times.
But if someone can make
it through a Coast Guard
licensing exam...or
properly operate a
pleasure boat, there's no
reason why he or she
can't understand the laws
that affect legal rights
involving commercial or
recreational vessels.
Some elements of
maritime law might
appear complex because
of their unusual nature,
and because of certain
jurisdictional issues.
These issues relate to
the Jones Act,
commercial fishing,
marine salvage,
recreational boating
accidents and Coast
Guard regs. Sometimes,
things can be further
complicated, as in the
case of employees or
contractors being injured
overseas or in service at
a combat area where the
War Hazards Act and
Defense Base Act can
also have an impact in
the prosecution of an
injury case.  I tried to
take make some of these
issues clearer by
outlining them articles
that appear in marine
industry magazines.
These are posted
throughout the site, and
on the "Law Links" page.
Ship Empire State V. Last that I heard, the training
ship, formerly the U.S.N.S. Barrett, was mothballed
with other vessels as part of the James River Fleet.
The Barrett had originally been intended as the
President Jackson. There were three sister ships,
Barrett, Upshur and Geiger, all named after
American generals. They were designed by George
Sharpe, designer of the first nuclear merchant ship,
U.S.N.S. Savannah. The sisters to the Empire
State V served as training ships for Massachusetts
Maritime Academy and California Maritime
Academy. The ships were single screw turned by
double reduction gear steam turbine fed by oil fired
superheated boilers. The turbines were General
Electric and the boilers were Babcock & Wilcox.
The Barrett served as a troop transport during
Vietnam and Korea.
The program offers an associate degree to students
interested in seagoing and shoreside positions in
the maritime industry. Tim Akpinar practices
maritime law on Long Island and on March 16,
2006, he addressed the maritime technology class
on legal issues that face mariners today. These
included legal responsibilities of officers and ship's
crews, criminal liability, legal rights of commercial
mariners, the Jones Act, limitation of liability,
salvage law, recent developments in Coast Guard
regulations with marine casualty reporting and
alcohol testing, marine pollution, and other
maritime law topics.
See The Law of
Maritime Collision, by
Tim Akpinar; reprinted
with the permission of
Workboat Magazine.
Use the menu bar to
the left to go to the
page Commercial
Vessels. There is a
link to the article there
Maritime Attorney Profile
Maritime Attorney - Maritime Lawyer - Admiralty Law - Marine Law - Inland, Offshore, International, Navigable Waters
International piracy incidents have become
more prevalent in recent years. Following
the Maersk Alabama incident, the crew
filed a federal lawsuit involving a number of
maritime law causes of action. Read
August 2012 Workboat article about recent
Maritime Lawsuit by members of ship's
crew against Maersk Line and Waterman
In the July 2006 issue of
Workboat, Tim covers the
new USCG  alcohol
testing regs. As of June
20, 2006, alcohol testing
will have to be conducted
within 2 hours of serious
marine incident. See
article in Maritime Law
Tel:      (718)224-9824