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M. Hamilton Whitman Jr.

Senior Counsel

M. Hamilton "Tony" Whitman is senior counsel in Baker Donelson's Baltimore office.

Professional Biography


Mr. Whitman provides business advice and dispute resolution services in admiralty and maritime matters, construction law and civil litigation. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Mr. Whitman represents admiralty clients in casualty matters such as collisions, allisions, groundings, capsizings, mechanical breakdowns and pollution incidents, as well as in commercial matters such as shipbuilding and repair, vessel financings, charter party disputes, maritime lien claims and ship mortgage foreclosures. He handles personal injury and cargo damage cases and is experienced in maritime insurance coverage disputes. Early in his career, he was seconded by the Firm to the London office of the managers of a major P&I Club, where he worked in claims handling and dealt with club members and correspondents worldwide.

In construction law, Mr. Whitman handles a broad scope of matters that include contract negotiation, counseling and drafting, litigation, arbitration and alternative dispute resolution efforts. His areas of experience include power generation and cogeneration facilities; power transmission and distribution facilities; hospitals and related health care facilities; industrial and commercial buildings; hotels and related hospitality facilities; shipbuilding and repair; marine terminal facilities; dredging projects; and land-based and submarine telecommunications projects.

Mr. Whitman's general civil litigation practice encompasses business litigation and creditors' rights matters, as well as insurance defense and coverage cases. He represents banks and other financial institutions on creditors' rights and lender liability issues and is experienced in the enforcement of loan and lease documents, collection on troubled loans and defense of borrowers' counterclaims. He has experience in multidistrict litigation and in overseeing matters pending in foreign countries.

Mr. Whitman's experience also includes arbitrations under the rules of the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), JAMS, the Society of Maritime Arbitrators (SMA) and the Maritime Arbitration Association of the United States (MAA). He has successfully represented clients in other alternative dispute resolution forums, such as mediation and mini-trials, and he has served as a mediator and as an arbitrator in cases under the AAA, SMA and MAA rules. He is a member of the MAA's National Advisory Board.

Mr. Whitman's experience includes many years of 24-hour response to vessel casualties, as correspondent for members of the International Group of P&I Clubs. In addition, Mr. Whitman is a member of the Firm's 24 Hour Motor Carrier Emergency Response Team, a group of attorneys dedicated to providing rapid post-accident intervention and investigation throughout the Firm's footprint and beyond, whenever and wherever you need us.

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  • Listed since 1989 in The Best Lawyers in America® for Admiralty & Maritime Law, Arbitration, Construction Law, International Arbitration - Commercial, International Arbitration - Governmental, and Mediation Categories
  • Listed in Maryland Super Lawyers, Top 100 Maryland Lawyers (2015); Transportation/Maritime (2007 – 2010, 2014); General Litigation (2007 – 2008, 2011 – 2019); Construction Litigation (2010)
  • Listed in Expert Guides to the Leading Lawyers – Best of the Best USA, Shipping Category (2007, 2011 and 2013 – 2014)
  • Named as one of Maryland's Top 50 Super Lawyers  (2008 and 2010)
  • Listed in The International Who's Who of Shipping & Maritime Lawyers(2009)
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Professional Background
  • Former Chair, Ober|Kaler Admiralty and Maritime Group
  • Lieutenant, U.S.N.R., Qualified in Submarines


  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1976
  • Princeton University, A.B., with honors, 1969


  • Maryland
  • Court of Appeals of Maryland
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland
  • U.S. Supreme Court

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