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Foster Swift Expands Transportation Practice with Addition of Maritime Law Attorneys Richard Dietz and Michael Liddane

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August 3, 2016

Attorneys Richard Dietz and Michael Liddane join Foster Swift’s growing transportation practice this month, and in doing so bring a combined 65 plus years of experience in the specialized field of maritime law.  The move, effective immediately, adds depth to Foster Swift's existing transportation service offerings.

Maritime law, also known as admiralty law, is a distinct legal practice that governs commerce on navigable and international waterways.

Dietz and Liddane have years of experience in cases involving the Port of Detroit and Ports in the Great Lakes. They have handled numerous cases including: injury, death and property damage lawsuits arising from marine and railroad accidents.

Practicing in the transportation industry for more than 35 years, Dietz handles railroad defense matters, defends death and serious injury railroad claims, insurance litigation and major maritime and railroad property damage claims. He is a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States of America, the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel and the State Bars of Michigan and Ohio. He is a current member and past president of the Propeller Club of the United States, Port of Detroit.

Liddane also specializes in accidents arising from railroad and merchant vessels. His litigation experience ranges from cargo transit property losses to liability for toxic tort asbestos and amusement park injuries. He has handled numerous cases relating to automobile negligence and no-fault coverage cases. Liddane is a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel and the Association for Transportation Law.

Dietz and Liddane join Foster Swift transportation attorneys Dirk Beckwith and Paul Millenbach. Dirk Beckwith is a member and past president of the Transportation Lawyers Association and the Association of Transportation Law Professionals and Paul Millenbach is a member of the Michigan Movers Association and the Transportation Club of Detroit.