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
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Commercial Fishing and Maritime Law, Employment Law

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S. Department of Agriculture

If the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) alleges violations through the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) or the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) or National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) alleges violations under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), Lacey Act or any international, federal, state statute or regulation; then it is important to act quickly to protect your interests. There is a limited time period to respond to various notices of violations assessments (NOVA). Failure to timely respond to allegations, raise all of your defenses or follow proper administrative procedures may cause you to waive your rights. Failure to fight hard against APHIS, ESA. CITES and other charges may result in significant monetary fines, suspensions, revocation of permits, and even a possible jail sentence. The Law Office of Patrick Flanigan is a law practice focused on protecting your rights and interests. Attorney Patrick Flanigan is an experienced attorney and believes strongly in asserting the rights of clients.

Complaints of Violations - Attorney Flanigan Protects Your Interests

The USDA, FWS, and the NMFS focus on protection of marine, wildlife, and plant species and their conservation. These federal agencies and their state counterparts are charged with enforcement actions involving:

  • Unauthorized harvest, purchase, or sale of listed endangered or threatened species
  • Importing and exporting listed threatened and endangered species
  • Record keeping and reporting
  • Numerous other regulatory violations

These federal statutes and regulations cover all areas of the United States; including rivers, lakes, oceans, and land across the 50 states. Whatever the charges Patrick Flanigan will fight to protect your interests in all administrative, civil, and criminal actions.

Guiding Clients Through the Legal Process

There are strict regulatory requirements within each federal and state agency, which can be complex if you are unfamiliar with administrative procedures. The overlap between the multitudes of international, federal, and state regulations adds to the complexity of the legal process. Attorney Flanigan is experienced in navigating these complex procedures and aggressively fighting for your interests.

Patrick Flanigan understands that a monetary fine or a permit sanction can cause serious financial problems - putting your ability to earn a living on hold and jeopardizing your business. Criminal sentencing and jail sentences have lifelong consequences. The Law Office of Patrick Flanigan represents clients nationwide. Contact the firm online or call us toll free at 877-275-5191 to schedule your free and confidential initial consultation.


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.