Matthew Valcourt is a Partner at MG+M’s Miami office and practices all aspects of maritime law including commercial disputes, insurance defense liens and vessel seizures, cargo damage, collisions, and salvage and wreck removal. From his service with the U.S. Merchant Marine and educational background, Matthew understands the shipping business and is able to skillfully resolve transportation-related disputes.
Matthew has handled major collisions, groundings, oil spills, maritime worker injuries and deaths, P&I matters, pilot and captain licensing issues, limitation of liability, and vessel arrests.
In addition, he has significant experience with the defense of personal injury and wrongful death claims filed by passengers, crew members, and offshore workers. Matthew has a very active litigation and transactional practice for commercial vessels, shipping lines and recreational vessels.
On the transactional side, Matthew is involved with negotiation and drafting of contracts related to the construction, purchase, sale and vessel financing including ship mortgages and UCC secured transactions. He frequently drafts bills of lading, contracts of carriage for passengers, service contracts, terminal agreements, and general commercial agreements.
Matthew is Board Certified in Admiralty and Maritime, holds a degree in Marine Transportation, and is the Past Chair for both the Florida Bar Admiralty Committee and the Florida Bar Board Certification Committee for Admiralty and Maritime Law.
Matthew’s background is unique in which he has a first-hand perspective of the maritime industry, having sailed as master or mate on cargo vessels, mega-yachts, tugs, barges, dredges, container vessels, cruise ships, passenger excursion vessels, commercial fishing vessels, charter fishing vessels, and oil and chemical tankers. He currently holds a USCG Unlimited Chief Mate's License and a 1600 Ton Masters License Any Oceans.