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Maritime and Admiralty Law

Joseph Monroe-II

Joe Monroe joined Gallagher Sharp in March of 2017 after serving as a Staff Attorney to the Hon. Carolyn B. Friedland, Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas.  He defends public and private companies, individuals, and insurance carriers facing litigation involving property damage, personal injury and wrongful death, premises liability, auto accident liability, employer intentional tort, along with a wide variety of other civil litigation. Joe also investigates and defends commercial transportation accidents in the maritime industry.

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

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.