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Maritime and Admiralty Law

Paul D. Galea

Paul Galea joined Gallagher Sharp as a Partner in August of 2014.  His practice primarily involves defending commercial shipping companies, marinas and private pleasure boat owners and operators in all forms of maritime matters including, personal injury under the Jones Act, Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA), Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA), as well as injuries to passengers, longshoremen, seamen, wharehousemen, and marina employees.

Thomas E. Dover

A partner since 1987, Tom Dover is the Manager of the firm’s Transportation Practice Group.  He served  as Managing Partner from 2009 to March of 2015.  Tom is a trial attorney with considerable experience in the transportation industry and personal injury litigation.  He concentrates his practice defending railway carriers in claims involving grade crossings, condemnation, eminent domain, occupational exposure, property damage, personal injury and wrongful death.  Tom also represents trucking, bus, and insurance companies, freight haulers and airlines, throughout Ohio, in all types of liti

Kevin C. Alexandersen

A Partner at Gallagher Sharp for over 15 years, Mr. Kevin Alexandersen is the Mass Tort Practice Group Manager.  He concentrates his practice on Mass Tort litigation, representing refractories, insulators, foundries, steel companies, talc manufacturers, safety equipment manufacturers, safety equipment suppliers, electric companies, and railroads in toxic tort, intentional tort, personal injury and wrongful death claims alleging occupational exposure to asbestos, silica, and welding fumes.

Markus E. Apelis

Since joining Gallagher Sharp as an associate in 2008, Markus Apelis focuses his practice on matters involving general liability, transportation, and insurance coverage issues. He has defended public and private companies, individuals, and insurance carriers facing litigation involving personal injury and wrongful death, premises liability, employer intentional tort, business disputes, and a wide variety of other civil litigation. He has also represented members of major transportation industries, including railroads, motor carriers, airlines and maritime companies.