Our Firm

Our Firm


The attorneys of Keller & Mesa, LLP are dedicated to zealously representing our clients’ interests.  With 50 plus years combined experience achieved by the firm’s two partners over the past four decades, our attorneys are devoted to acting on behalf of both individual and corporate clients.  The wide ranges of experience and skills possessed by our attorneys enable our team approach to create workable solutions for clients in the context of commercial ventures and transactional projects, as well as dispute resolutions.  As a boutique, our firm is often associated by other law firms on major projects and litigations to provide expertise on admiralty and maritime subjects (from time to time in the context of bankruptcy proceedings and class actions), insurance coverage, environmental issues, commercial litigation, and payment mechanism matters.


When circumstances require, the interests of our clients are protected in the course of administrative proceedings, arbitrations, and lawsuits arising by reason of commercial disputes, contract breaches, a broad range of complex insurance issues, environmental insults, wrongful deaths and personal injuries, collisions, salvages, and groundings. 


Included in our practice are implementation and legal review of Safety Management Systems, vessel financing programs, systems providing commercial payment mechanisms (letters of credit), insurance premium financing programs, Homeland Security Compliance (including customs and immigration), shipyard and marina management, and marine regulatory (including environmental) compliance.  We also provide individualized custom advices in areas such as, vessel purchases, sales and charters, vessel financing, marine contracts, crew management (policies, contracts and compensation), products liability, products and services warranties, salvage, carriage of passengers and cargoes, and, concessionaire/shipowner relationships.  A significant portion of our practice is dedicated to counseling clients with regard to insurance coverages and the scope of different insurance products.  The depth of experience and knowledge of our attorneys extends broadly across first and third-party lines of insurance, with emphasis on general liability, property loss and damage, marine liability (protection and indemnity), hull and machinery, and professional liability (errors and omissions) policies, as well as insurance agent and broker liabilities, and bad faith.


Our firm was founded in 2002 and is rated by Martindale-Hubbell at its highest rating of “AV Preeminent”® and by “The Best Lawyers in America” as Regional Tier 1 and National Tier 3 for Admiralty & Maritime Law.  John Keller is Board Certified in Admiralty and Maritime Law by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education, and, recognized by “The Best Lawyers in America” in the area of Admiralty & Maritime Law.  Individually, John Keller received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest rating of “AV Preeminent”® and is also recognized by “Florida Super Lawyers” and by the South Florida Legal Guide “Top Lawyers.”


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