25 S. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
James W. Bartlett III is the Vice Chairman of the Firm and
has been a litigator for over thirty years, with his areas of concentration
being civil litigation, maritime law, products liability, construction
litigation, professional (lawyers, architects and engineers) liability, premises
liability, insurance coverage, commercial litigation, asbestos litigation, and
appellate practice. He argued before the United States Supreme Court in 1995.
Mr. Bartlett was Secretary of The Maritime Law Association of
the United States from 2004 to 2008. He served on its Board of Directors from
1998 to 2001 and was the Chair of its Committee on Practice and Procedure from
2000 to 2004. He is a past Chair of the Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee of
the Section of Tort and Insurance Practice of the ABA, a past Chair of the
Admiralty and Maritime Litigation Committee of the Section of Litigation of the
ABA, and a member of the Federal District Court Liaison Committee of the
Maryland State Bar Association. He also is a member of the Bar Association of
Mr. Bartlett is a member of Maryland Defense Counsel and the
Defense Research Institute and is a permanent member of the Judicial Conference
of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He is an Associate
Editor of American Maritime Cases, a
subscriber of the Association of Average Adjusters (United Kingdom), a resident
associate of the Association of Average Adjusters of the United States, and a
past President and Director of the Propeller Club of Baltimore. He serves on the
Boards of Directors of the Baltimore Maritime Exchange, the Baltimore Propeller
Club Charitable Trust, and the Historical Society of the U.S. District Court for
the District of Maryland. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America
and Who’s Who in America and was selected
as a Maryland “Super Lawyer” by Baltimore Magazine and Maryland
Super Lawyers Magazine in 2007-2015.
Mr. Bartlett achieved an A/V® rating from Martindale
Hubbell®, the highest possible peer review rating for ethics and legal ability.
- 1995, U.S. Supreme Court
- 1992, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- 1992, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
- 1984, U.S. Court of Claims
- 1976, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- 1975, U.S. District Court of Maryland
- 1975, Maryland Court of Appeals
- Washington & Lee University, (B.A., 1968)
- Vanderbilt University (J.D., 1975)
Affiliations, Associations & Special Achievements
- Board of Directors, Historical Society of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, Inc.
- Delegate of The Maritime Law Association to the ABA House of Delegates (2010-2014)
- Editorial Board of the Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce (2010-present)
- American Bar Association
- Section of Litigation
- Chair, Admiralty and Maritime Litigation Committee (1997-1998)
- Section of Tort and Insurance Practice
- Chair, Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee (1989-1991)
- Maryland State Bar Association
- Section of Litigation, Federal District Court Committee
- Bar Association of Baltimore City
- Maritime Law Association of the United States, Proctor
- Secretary (2004-2008)
- Board of Directors (1998-2001)
- Chair, Committee on Practice and Procedure (2000-2004)
- Maryland Defense Counsel, Inc.
- Defense Research Institute (DRI)
- Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference, Permanent Member
- American Maritime Cases
- Associate Editor, 1997-present
- Association of Average Adjusters (United Kingdom)
- Propeller Club of Baltimore
- President, 1989-90
- Board of Directors, 1983-89, 1994-2003
- Director, Propeller Club Charitable Trust, 2003-present
- Baltimore Maritime Exchange
- Listed in Best Lawyers in America and Who’s Who in America
- "Admiralty Practice and Procedure," Chapter III,
8 Benedict on Admiralty (7th Ed. 2011).
- "Recreational Boats: The Evolution of Jurisdiction
and Choice-of-Law Issues from the Constitution Through the Calhoun Decision,"
75 Tulane Law Review 1247 (2001).
- "Supreme Court Applies ‘the Proportionate Share Rule’
to Marine Settlements," Lloyd’s List (London) (May 13, 1994).
- "Supreme Court Decision May Cause a Stir on London Market,"
Lloyd’s List (London) (April 15, 1994).
- "When Is a Boat Not a Vessel? – Recreational
Boats Navigate Through the Jurisdiction and Limitation Quagmire," Recreational Craft:
Jurisdiction Claims, and Coverage I (ABA Tort and Insurance Practice Section 1990).
- "In re Oil Spill by the AMOCO CADIZ –
Choice of Law and a Pierced Corporate Veil Defeat the 1969 Civil Liability Convention,"
X The Maritime Lawyer I (1985).
- 2014 ACI Admiralty & Maritime Claims and Litigation Conference
- 2001 Tulane Admiralty Law Institute
- 1997 Tulane Maritime Law Seminar
- 1996 Defense Research Institute Annual Meeting
- 1996 ABA Annual Meeting
- 1991 ABA Annual Meeting
- 1989 ABA Annual Meeting
- 1980 ABA Annual Meeting