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MSI » Mark Coberly

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Mark Coberly

MARK T. COBERLY is the Chair of the Maritime Practice Group of Vandeventer Black LLP, where he is part of a team of lawyers that concentrates on maritime and transportation law for international, national and local clients and insurers.

His federal court trial experience includes major casualties such as collisions, pollution, cargo damage, and serious personal injuries; as well as transactional disputes including charter parties, ship repair contracts, tariffs and towing agreements. He also litigates maritime matters in state court including personal injury defense and business transactional matters. Administrative law related to the marine industry such as Coast Guard, Customs, and NOAA/NMFS are also areas in which Mark specializes.

The range of Mark’s experience is reflected in his biography at the firm’s website: https://vanblacklaw.com/attorney/mark-t-coberly

He has been recognized as a Best Lawyer in America, Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year in Admiralty and Maritime Law 2017, Virginia Business Magazine Legal Elite, a Virginia Super Lawyer, and he is peer rated AV Preemminent in Martindale-Hubble.

Mark earned his BA in Foreign Affairs and German from the University of Virginia where he graduated with Distinction, and which included a year of study at Albert-Ludwigs University in Freiburg, Germany. He earned his JD from Washington and Lee University where he was a Law Review contributor and editor.

Practice Areas

  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Shipping and International Trade
  • Vessel Arrests
  • Transportation Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Customs Duties and Fines
  • International Business
  • Yacht Design and Repair
  • Marine Insurance


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  • German


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