Thank you and welcome to John K. Fulweiler, Esq., a sailor, author and maritime lawyer in Newport, Rhode Island and now a sponsor for

John possesses a deep appreciation for coastal waters, oceans and the adventures that unfold when plying either. A licensed captain who worked in the commercial marine sector before going to law school, John has practiced maritime law for the last twenty years. His litigation skills have garnered the attention of publications such as Soundings Magazine, Trade Only Today and Trade Winds.

“Writing and the salty topics I encounter in my practice,” he’ll tell you, is what keeps him interested. And it’s not all legal writing, John has built a long list of publications and authorships. After many years in Manhattan NY, John now sails out of Newport, Rhode Island. He spent 14 years in Manhattan as a partner at a maritime law firm, and, for the last 6 years, has represented only claimants in claims against marine insurance companies and claims for death and injuries on the high seas.

In a letter to, John remarked, “I really like your Boat Watch concept.  As a licensed mariner with a prior life working commercially on the water, I see it as a valuable resource.”

John has an interesting blog called The Saltwater Law Blog, with such titles as Defective Boat – “The Floating Lemon”, RI Dem Announces Findings In Boating Collision/Sailor’s Death and Sailor’s Death Reported- New England 100 Regatta. Visit his website for these and many other articles at

John K. Fulweiler, Esq. is also a licensed Merchant Mariner and author of “A Swim – the Rhode Islander Who Refused to Drown” based on the true story of a Rhode Islander who fell off his boat without a lifejacket and treaded water for 11 hours before being rescued.

Fulweiler, LLC, maintains practices in Manhattan and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The firm handles all types of maritime claims, including boating accident litigation and arbitration services for clients along the East and Gulf Coasts. John can be contacted at 1-800-383-MAYDAY (629329) and on his website

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