Alexander M. Giles

One of the premier maritime law attorneys in the nation, Alex Giles has almost three decades of extensive and diverse experience handling the unique business, regulatory, and claims-related issues that arise in this distinct and complex area of the law. He has advised clients on almost every type of matter that intersects with the laws and regulations governing navigable waterways, vessels, ports, terminals, cargo, marinas, and recreational boats. His deep insights and sophisticated counsel have earned Alex repeated recognition from his peers, including being named by Best Lawyers as Baltimore's "Lawyer of the Year for Admiralty & Maritime Law" in 2021.

Alex has assisted clients with maritime matters of virtually every description, including terminal claims, cargo claims, marine terminal tariff disputes, arrest and attachment proceedings, limitation of liability proceedings, marine death and personal injury claims, collision and allision cases, marine insurance claims, suits involving breaches of maritime contracts and charter parties, marine products liability claims, U.S. Customs and Border Protection investigations and administrative claims, claims involving toxic substances, salvage claims, license suspension and revocation proceedings, marina claims, recreational boating claims, and vessel excise tax claims.

A seasoned and effective advocate, Alex leverages his vast knowledge of maritime law to protect and advance clients' interests in maritime and commercial litigation matters in a wide range of judicial and administrative forums. He has appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, various United States District Courts around the country, the Maryland Court of Appeals, the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, the Federal Maritime Commission, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Office of Administrative Hearings in Maryland, and numerous state courts in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

As the offshore wind industry has scaled and matured, clients have sought Alex's guidance as to how maritime law implicates their interests, operations, and strategic planning, including advising clients on matters relating to the Jones Act and cabotage law issues, representation before U.S. Customs and Border Protection regarding interpretative rulings, Maryland Public Service Commission regulations/oversight, and U.S. Coast Guard navigation issues and regulations.

Attorney Profile
  • University of Baltimore School of Law (J.D., 1997)
  • Frostburg State University (B.S.,1994)
Bar Admissions
  • Maryland
  • District of Columbia
Court Admissions
  • U.S. District Court, District of Maryland
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court