With 14 years experience in tort litigation and with a diversified background which includes marine construction, Tim Schweitzer, partner with the law firm of Hofmann & Schweitzer, has unique insight into the needs of his clients. Tim specializes in personal injury matters, with special emphasis on maritime (Jones Act and Longshore Harbor Workers), construction worker tort claims and railroad (F.E.L.A.) claims. He has successfully resolved hundreds of personal injury suits through settlement and by jury verdict.
A Dedicated Maritime Injury Lawyer
Tim is a father of five children who put himself through law school at night while working by day as a union dock builder in such capacities as a journeyman, a shop steward and also as foreman. In fact, Tim still is an active member of the Dock Builders Local Union No. 1456. Such invaluable experience provides Tim with a special knowledge of the ins and outs of construction sites and an intimate understanding of construction workers. Tim also is a lifelong recreational boater, served with the U.S. Coast Guard and is an avid fisherman.
Tim's experience as a marine construction worker, mariner and father provides him with a thorough understanding of the impact that devastating injuries have on his clients and their families. What Tim enjoys most about being a maritime injury lawyer is the relationships he has built with clients and their families, meeting witnesses and inspecting the accident sites. He always puts the needs of his client's first and is readily available to spend the time counseling them so that they understand the legal process and are adequately prepared to make informed decisions. His perseverance, hard work and dedication to his client's needs have earned him the respect of his clients, his peers and his adversaries.
Besides personal injury matters, Tim has handled cases involving seaman's wage claims, maintenance and cure, premises liability, asbestos exposure, homeowner liability, motor vehicle accidents, marine collisions and has also been involved in may legal decisions of interest, including:
Calcaterra v. City of New York, 45 A.D.3d 270 (1st Dept. 2007)
Rivera v. Horizon Offshore Contrs., Inc., 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 10., 2005)
Areas of Practice
- Construction Accidents in NYC
- New York
- New Jersey
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
- U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
- U.S. District Court Western District of New York
- U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
- Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center, Huntington, New York
- J.D. - 1999
- Hofstra University
- BA Finance - 1986
- Calcaterra v. City of New York, 45 A.D.3d 270 (1st Dept. 2007)
- Rivera v. Horizon Offshore Contrs., Inc., 2005 U.S. Dist. LEXIS (S.D.N.Y. Nov. 10., 2005).
- "Claims Arising on Government Vessels", 2009 ATLA Summer Convention Lecture and Paper
- "Uniformity of Maritime Law", 2008 New York County Law Association Lecture
Professional Associations and Memberships
- American Association for Justice, Section Vice-Chairman, 2009 - 2010
- American Association for Justice, Section Secretary, 2008 - 2009
- American Association for Justice, Member, Admiralty
- New Jersey Bar Association
- New York State Trial Lawyers Association
- New Jersey Association for Justice
- Maritime Law Association of the United States