Waits, Emmett, Popp & Teich, LLC has substantial expertise, and a winning track record in all areas of litigation with a particular emphasis on maritime matters. We proudly represent large and small vessel owners, operators, brokers, insurers, and other marine interests working on the inland waterways and in the offshore oilfield. We also achieve quality representation for our clients in commercial and general litigation matters and individuals faced with eminent domain issues. We strive to provide quality representation for our clients based upon our experience and meticulous preparation. Most of all, we value the longstanding relationships we are fortunate to maintain.



The offshore industry has long been regarded as one of the most dangerous industries in the world. It’s been that way for centuries. The practice of maritime law can involve any number of maritime-related activities. Our firm has developed a strong reputation for providing expert legal representation in insurance coverage claims, casualty claims, collisions and groundings, vessel arrests and seizures, oil spills, and complex time and bareboat charters.

Personal Injury
& Death

Our personal injury defense specialists collectively have more than a century of experience in handling a wide variety of injury and death claims both afloat and ashore. Through individualized attention and aggressive representation, our attorneys bring extensive expertise in defending claims involving the Jones Act, Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, and Death on the High Seas Act, and other general maritime law disputes.

Eminent Domain, Condemnation

The experts at Waits, Emmett, Popp and Teich provide specific expertise in the representation of landowners to recover losses experienced due to takings by the government and other condemning authorities. We understand the value of property, and our attention to detail, combined with our legal acumen, work ethic and commitment to our clients’ best interests are why we’re known for adding value to each and every condemnation case we handle.

Business & Commercial Litigation

With a thorough understanding of both the business issue and the industry, we represent our clients in a variety of business related disputes. When these types of disputes arise, they inevitably divert time and attention away from your business. Our goal is to help you get back to work, while we represent you as aggressively and efficiently as possible. We have built a reputation of dedicated client service due to our successful results.