Patrick M. Brogan

    Of Counsel
    Office: Norfolk, Raleigh
    Admissions: North Carolina, Virginia


    Patrick brings over 30 years of experience handling maritime cases in courts around the country. Upon graduating from the United States Merchant Marine Academy, Patrick sailed as a Marine Engineer on merchant ships for seven years. And after graduating from law school, he served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps. Patrick is devoted to serving owners and operators of vessels and those who work in the maritime industry. He is AV Preeminent® rated by Martindale-Hubbell, has been recognized as Best Lawyer’s “Lawyer of the Year,” and has received numerous other awards in his long career.

    Representative Matters

    • Obtained multiple summary judgments in personal injury matters under 905(b) of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA)
    • Obtained favorable resolutions in numerous maritime deaths and injury cases after filing motions for summary judgment
    • Counseled foreign construction companies on the Jones Act, Passenger Vessels Act and Dredging Act in the use of marine equipment in coastwise trade
    • Represented local companies in insurance coverage issues
    • Represented many vessel owners in collision and allisions with other ships, overhead power lines, bridge fender systems, docks and underwater cables
    • Arrest and attachment of ships and to secure pending lawsuits or foreign arbitration to secure in rem claims
    • Defended ship operators and crew members in matters brought by U.S. under OPA 90, MARPOL and APPS (including oil spills and by passing of oily water separator cases)
    • Represented salvors, including treasure salvors, in admiralty proceedings to establish title to items found or salvaged in both territorial waters and the high seas

    Recognition & Honors

    • Virginia Super Lawyers; Law & Politics, 2024
    • AV Preeminent® Rated; Martindale-Hubbell
    • Top Lawyers; CoVaBIZ Magazine, 2024
    • Best Lawyers in America, 2008-2024
    • Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year, 2020
    • Outstanding Professional Achievement, USMMA Alumni Association, 2019


    • Virginia Maritime Association
    • Southeast Admiralty Law Institute
    • Kings Point Alumni Association
    • William & Mary Alumni Board


    • U.S. Merchant Marine Academy; B.S., 1979
    • William & Mary Law School; J.D., 1985