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James Levantino

Office Location: Norfolk, VA

  • B.S., United States Merchant Marine Academy
  • J.D., Tulane University School of Law
Courts & Administrative Bodies
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
Professional & Community Activities
  • Maritime Law Association
  • Transportation Lawyer Association
  • Virginia Maritime Association
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
  • Virginia Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

James is an associate within the Litigation practice group at the firm. He joined the firm in 2021 after completing the firm’s summer associate program in 2019 and 2020. As a member of the Maritime practice group James’ practice focuses primarily on maritime issues including cargo disputes, general average, collisions and allisions, regulatory compliance, marine insurance, pollution, international disputes, pollution, marine insurance, personal injuries, and Jones Act matters.

James earned his Juris Doctor from Tulane University School of Law (’21) where he was a member of the Tulane Maritime Law Society. James graduated with a Certificate in Maritime Law.

Prior to attending law school, James earned his B.S. from the United States Merchant Marine Academy (’13), where he majored in Logistics and Intermodal Transportation.

James sailed under the authority of his Coast Guard license in various capacities aboard a broad spectrum of vessels across the maritime industry and still holds his Merchant Mariner Credential – Master (1600 ton) and Chief Mate (Unlimited). James has extensive experience as chief mate aboard container ships, and other relevant experience aboard tankers, ro-ro car carriers, and offshore supply vessels.

As an experienced litigator equipped with expert knowledge of maritime operations and law, James helps his clients find solutions and solve problems.

Former Vandeventer Black Summer Associate James Levantino Officially Joins The Firm
/ Firm News
Vandeventer Black LLP is pleased to announce the addition of attorney James Levantino to the firm’s Norfolk office. Levantino’s practice will focus primarily on maritime-related issues, including experience with international disputes, pollution, marine insurance, personal injuries, and regulatory compliance matters. “Levantino is a great addition to our firm’s legal team,” ...
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Marine Salvage and the Sinking of M/V Felicity Ace
/ Maritime & Admiralty
The news of the sinking of roll-on roll-off car carrier M/V Felicity Ace provides a unique opportunity to illustrate and distinguish the two major types of marine salvage – pure salvage and contract salvage – and the effect of a “no cure, no pay” provision as included in the Lloyd’s ...
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The burning question – the fire aboard the M/V Felicity Ace
/ Maritime & Admiralty
Last week the roll on-roll off car carrier M/V Felicity Ace, transporting luxury vehicles from Germany to Rhode Island, caught fire with an estimated $334,500,000 worth of cargo onboard. The fire spread, requiring the crew to abandon ship. The vessel is currently adrift approximately 90 nautical miles from the Azores ...
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U.S. Virgin Islands Open Registry – Ultra Vires and Unconstitutional
/ Maritime & Admiralty
This month, the Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands (“U.S.V.I.”), Albert Bryan Jr., signed an agreement with the Northeast Maritime Institute, a “Private Maritime College,” to establish the first open vessel registry in the United States. (Proposal ). This registry is, however, likely going to be challenged as unconstitutional. Here ...
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