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Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

Philip Lempriere

Philip Lempriere



  • Environmental Compliance and Safety
  • Business and Corporate
  • Labor
  • Employment Litigation

WSG Practice Industries


Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
Washington, U.S.A.


Philip Lempriere’s legal experience coupled with his time serving as both a deck cadet and third officer aboard U.S. ships uniquely positions him to understand clients’ admiralty and maritime legal issues.

From litigation of all traditional maritime claims—including vessel arrests and attachments, cargo loss and damage, personal injury claims and vessel casualties—to employment disputes on behalf of employers, Philip has experience in virtually every aspect of maritime law.

With more than 28 years of litigation experience, Philip integrates his knowledge of vessel management and operation with mastery of legal issues to create exceptional strategies to solve complex problems. 

Bar Admissions

  • Alaska State Courts
  • California State Courts
  • Oregon State Courts
  • Washington State Courts


  • United States Merchant Marine Academy, Bachelor of Science, Nautical Science and Marine Transportation (1984)
  • University of San Francisco School of Law, Juris Doctor (1989)
Areas of Practice

Business and Corporate | Employment Litigation | Environmental Compliance and Safety | Labor | Securities and Finance

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

  • Serve as lead defense counsel in marine pollution (MARPOL) criminal investigations, prosecutions and probation proceedings, and in implementing environmental compliance plans.
  • Serve as lead trial counsel in federal and state court jury and bench trials involving personal injury, cargo claims, limitation of liability arising from embarrassment of navigation, insurance coverage and asset tracing, among others.
  • Successfully represented client in $80 million cargo damage claim involving a pure car carrier; prevailed at Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on novel forum selection clause issue.
  • Serve as primary on-scene counsel for vessel interests in marine casualties, including groundings, dock damage, oil spills, vessel fires, serious injuries and deaths, collapsed cargo stow and various other vessel mishaps.
  • Represented clients in all manners of employment litigation and disputes on behalf of employers, including discrimination, sexual harassment, and wage and hour claims.
  • Regularly presents to clients and industry groups on pertinent environmental issues, personal injury claims, cargo claims, salvage, and maritime procedural issues such as vessel arrest and attachment.


  • Overview of Maintenance, Cure and Unearned Wages
  • Tax Reform: What Does the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Mean for the Transportation, Ports and Maritime Industry?

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