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Experienced Trial Lawyers For Major
Personal Injury And Maritime Cases

maritime worker working on ship

Longshoring and shipyard work are very dangerous occupations. Workers in these fields, along with marine construction workers, are covered by the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, a very generous no-fault workers’ compensation system. It covers medical expenses, temporary disability, permanent disability and vocational rehabilitation…

sea vessel docked at US shore

A seaman is a member of the crew of a vessel or group of vessels under common ownership or control. The vessel can be anything from a raft to a cargo ship. We represent seamen who work aboard recreational vessels, tugboats, dredges, barges, skiffs, workboats and cargo ships. We also represent seamen who are marine construction workers…

We represent people who have been injured in SCUBA diving accidents and Commercial diving accidents. We also handle diving boat accidents. Diving can be very dangerous. We successfully represented a commercial diver who was seriously injured while cleaning the propeller of a U.S. Navy ship at Pearl Harbor…

accident at construction site and hard hat on floor

Construction and industrial sites can be very dangerous. Although you generally cannot sue your own employer for a construction site or industrial accident (generally workers’ compensation is your exclusive remedy against your employer) there are many circumstances in which you can file a third party lawsuit against an entity other than your employer for an unsafe condition at a work site which causes you to be injured…

person injured at fork lift accident

The Easley firm has extensive experience with crane and forklift accidents and workplace accidents involving dangerous equipment and machinery. These accidents can be caused by operator error and they can be caused by the unsafe and defective condition of the equipment…

auto accident involving two cars on a city street

Motor vehicle accidents can result in serious injury and death. These kinds of accidents can involve automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, pedestrians and unsafe road design and unsafe road conditions…

Catamaran sailing

Passenger accidents are common on recreational vessels, catamarans, tour boats and cruise ships.  They are frequently caused by rough sea conditions and unsafe conditions aboard the vessels.  The Easley firm has extensive experience in the field of maritime law.  We have made new law in the field of maritime law with numerous precedent setting decisions in the State Appellate Courts, the Ninth Circuit Federal Court…

defence personnel

The Defense Base Act is an extension of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act which covers civilian employees of U.S. defense contractors injured overseas, including war zones. The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensations Act as extended by the Defense Base Act is a very generous no­fault workers’ compensation system…

Preston Easley, Hawaii and California Maritime Accident Attorney

PRESTON EASLEY – Top Rated Attorney, California & Hawaii

“If you have been in an accident, and it wasn’t
your fault, let’s talk.”

Preston Easley is a graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. He served five years of active duty as a Naval officer — three years as a deck officer on a fast frigate and two years as a patrol boat skipper. Mr. Easley also served aboard a tank landing ship in the reserves.

During law school, Mr. Easley longshored and worked as a marine machinist at Todd shipyard. In over 30 years of practice as a personal injury lawyer California, he has won landmark decisions at the U.S. Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (Federal) and the California Court of Appeals which redefined seaman status, expanded vessel owner duties to longshoremen and ship repairmen, expanded Longshore Act jurisdiction, and expanded the rights of injured people, including construction workers and refinery workers.

As an attorney, Mr. Easley has personally handled numerous catastrophic accidents involving cranes, forklifts, dredges, barges, tugboats, and defective products and equipment.

At the appellate level, he has been a pioneer in expanding the rights of injured people, frequently reversing lower court decisions and making new law. [Published Decisions]

Attorney Easley practices primarily in California and Hawaii. His clients include construction workers, longshoremen, shipyard workers, tugboat crewmen, dredge crewmen, pile drivers, marine construction workers, merchant seaman and tour boat/recreational boat crews and passengers. His background in the Navy, and hands-on experience working in the maritime industry gives him a unique perspective on accidents. For a free consultation, email or call  (310) 832-5315 (Los Angeles); (619) 699-4884 (San Diego); (808) 922-2383 (Hawaii).

Let Us Get You the Compensation You Deserve

Preston Easley is an experienced lawyer with considerable expertise in handling federal and state personal injury cases. He will aggressively seek the maximum amount of compensation you are entitled to receive. Attorney Easley represents victims of serious and fatal accidents involving cars, trucks, construction projects and maritime work.

Construction Workers We Can Help
  • Crane and forklift operators
  • Pile drivers
  • Scaffold workers
  • Truck accidents
  • Operating engineers
  • Carpenters
  • Iron workers
  • Boilermakers
  • Machinists
  • Electricians
  • Welders
  • Oil refinery workers
  • Painters
  • Machine operators
  • Railroad Workers
  • Marine Tank Cleaners
  • Scaffold Accidents
  • Offshore oil platform accidents
  • Shell Pipeline
Maritime Workers We Help
  • National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) Shipyard Workers
  • Manson Construction Company Workers
  • Manson Dredging Workers
  • Dutra Dredging Workers
  • Commercial Divers
  • Scuba Divers
  • Commercial Fisherman
  • Government Maritime Claims Against the Navy, Army Corps of Engineers, or the US Coast Guard, etc.
  • Marine Construction Workers
  • Offshore Oil and Gas Workers
  • Seamen
  • Shipyard Workers
  • YYK Enterprises, Inc.
  • Pacific Tugboat Service
  • Tugboat, Dredge, Longshoremen, and Ferry Workers
  • Barge Crews and Barge Workers
  • Marisco Limited
  • HL Welding
  • SSA Marine
  • Catalina Express
  • R.E. Staite Engineering
  • Shimick Contruction
  • Nova Group
  • American Scaffolding
  • Safeway Scaffolding
  • General Construction
  • Connolly Pacific Co.
  • John S. Meek Co.
  • Post of Seattle
  • BAE Systems Ship Repair
  • Continental Maritime
  • Huntington Ingalls
  • Pacific Ship Repair
  • Young Brothers, Limited
  • Foss Maritime
  • Sause Bros. Inc.
  • Crowley Marine
  • American Marine Corp.
  • P&R Water Taxi
  • Pasha Hawaii
  • Matson Terminals
  • Matson Navigation
  • American President Lines
  • Kirby Corporation
  • P&M Marine Services, LLC
  • Hawaiian Dredging Construction Co.
  • Sea Engineering, Inc.
  • IMIA
  • Ameri-Force
  • Tradesmen International
  • Pacific Shipyards International
  • Venture Dynamics
  • Aerotek
  • General Dynamics
  • Miller Marine
  • Mare Island Dry Dock
  • Camenzind Dredging
  • Seaward Marine
Cruise Ship, Commercial, and Recreational Boating Accidents
  • Catamaran Accidents
  • Charter and Tour Boats
  • Cruise Ship Accidents
  • Passenger Accidents
  • Jet Ski and Personal Watercraft
  • Motorboat Accidents
  • Recreational Accidents
  • Scuba Diving Accidents
  • Speed Boat Accidents
  • Yachts and Sail Boat Accidents
  • Repair Accidents
  • Crew Accidents

Areas Where We Practice

We practice throughout California and Hawaii, including the following locations:
  • Los Angeles
  • Long Beach
  • San Pedro
  • Wilmington
  • San Bernardino County
  • San Diego
  • Chula Vista
  • National City
  • Imperial Beach
  • Riverside County
  • Ventura
  • Oxnard
  • Santa Barbara
  • Port Hueneme
  • Orange County
  • Oakland
  • San Francisco
  • Stockton
  • Sacramento 
  • Honolulu
  • Barbers Point
  • Nawiliwili
  • Pearl Harbor
  • Maui
  • Hilo
  • Kona
  • Lahaina
  • Sand Island
  • Kauai
  • Kahului
  • Kawaihae
  • Kikiaola
  • Kailua
  • Oahu
  • Lihue
  • Port Allen
  • Na Pali Coast
  • Kaneohe
  • Big Island