Law Office of Patrick Flanigan - Commercial Fishing Law

Law Office of
Patrick Flanigan
P.O. Box 42
Swarthmore, PA 19081-0042
Toll-free: 877-275-5191
Phone: 610-628-0539
E-mail Us

Commercial Fishing and Maritime Law, Employment Law

The Lacey Act

The Lacey Act seeks to protect certain species of fish, wildlife and plants. Not only does it protect species on U.S. soil, it also applies to certain species of fish and marine mammals.

If you have received a notice of violation from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Fish and Wildlife (FWS) or the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), you may be facing civil, criminal and administrative penalties. At the Law Office of Patrick Flanigan, attorney Patrick Flanigan helps clients nationwide with these issues and have experience protecting his clients from civil, criminal and administrative actions.

To schedule your free initial consultation, contact the law firm online or call toll free at 877-275-5191.

NOAA, NMFS, FWS and the Lacey Act

Attorney Patrick Flanigan represents clients facing violations of the Lacey Act by NOAA, including violations involving:

  • Trafficking of illegal quantities or species of fish, wildlife, and plants whether marine or non-marine resources
  • Foreign vessels harvesting or shipping marine resources
  • Mislabeling, seafood fraud and seafood safety issues
  • Illegal, unregulated and unreported (IUU) listed vessels and products
  • Fraudulent documentation and markings

Experienced Counsel for Sale, Trade and Transportation of Wildlife, Fish and Plants

Attorney Patrick Flanigan understands the impact a violation can have on your livelihood and your earnings. He is a former commercial scallop fisherman, deck hand, cook, engineer, first mate, boat captain and vessel owner. This perspective allows him, to provide straightforward advice and guidance to clients facing violations under the Lacey Act, CITES, and various other laws whether international, federal, or state regulations.

Contact lawyer Patrick Flanigan online or call us toll free at 877-275-5191 to schedule your free and confidential initial consultation. For your convenience, he offers evening and weekend consultations. Contingent, hourly and other negotiated fee structures are available and may be customized to your needs.


The Law Office of Patrick Flanigan is a maritime law firm that represents clients nationwide. It serves clients in states along the eastern seaboard including Maryland, Massachusetts (including New Bedford, MA), New York and New Jersey (including Cape May, NJ), as well as Maine (including Portland, ME), Vermont, New Hampshire, Delaware, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Connecticut and Rhode Island; and the states of Alaska (including Kodiak Island and Dutch Harbor, AK), Louisiana, Alabama and California.