Frank L. McNiff, Jr., Section Chairman
...Attorney Frank L. McNiff, Jr.
...Frank L. McNiff, Jr., a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, a former commanding officer in the U.S. Coast Guard and a recent retiree of 20 years in the U. S. Coast Guard Reserve, brings unique nautical experience to the practice of law in the firm's Maritime section.
The Selma, Alabama, native is a Proctor in the Admiralty, a rare distinction bestowed on attorneys by the Maritime Law Association of the United States
, and has been designated a Master of the Bench in the American Inns of Court.His
path toward a career in maritime law began in high school when he
received an award and was questioned about his
future.He answered that he planned to enter the military and later become a maritime attorney, and that's exactly what happened.
time in the Coast Guard, Frank
nautical experience would prove helpful in maritime law.His
most difficult professional challenge came in shifting his
mindset from "military" to "civilian," a shift he
accomplished by realizing that both systems work and then using the best of each.He
represents ship owners, agents, charterers, maritime employers and contractors in all areas of maritime torts, seamen's injuries, contracts, oil and chemical releases and other regulatory violations.He
also handles cases involving stowaways, charter disputes, cargo claims, investigations, property damage, and other matters involving maritime commerce, and represents insurance companies in cases involving personal injury and other non-maritime torts.Frank
has represented clients before federal and state courts and administrative agencies, including the United States Coast Guard, United States Department of Immigration
, and Texas General Land Office.He
believes in resolving the problem as quickly and as cost-effectively as possible while maintaining the highest ethical standards.His
interpersonal skills and maritime knowledge have earned him a reputation as a "closer" who resolves issues rather than stringing them out.Frank joined the Kleberg Law Firm in 1990 because of its long history in the maritime practice at one of the nation's largest ports.
That and the people who work at the firm keep him there.He
is married to Frances "Trav" Collins McNiff and has three sons and one daughter.Frank's hobbies include golf, fishing, and attending his
children's piano recitals, soccer matches and baseball games.
...Mr. McNiff - Not certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.