Jim Hohenstein is an attorney in Holland & Knight's New York office and serves as the National Practice Group Leader of the firm's Maritime Group, which has earned Holland & Knight recognition as the nation's "Law Firm of the Year" in Admiralty & Maritime Law by U.S. News – Best Lawyers in its 2020 listing of the "Best Law Firms." This is the fourth time Holland & Knight's Maritime Group has received the top honor in Admiralty & Maritime Law, having previously earned the recognition in 2014, 2016 and 2018, all while under Mr. Hohenstein's leadership. 

Mr. Hohenstein focuses his practice in the Litigation Section and focuses primarily in the areas of international and domestic commercial litigation, including charter party and freight, demurrage and defense (FD&D) issues, cargo damage actions, maritime liens, maritime bankruptcies and workouts, as well as marine casualty and insurance issues. He participates in a wide variety of arbitrations and litigations involving such matters, both in the U.S. and abroad, and has appeared in numerous actions in New York, as well as other maritime jurisdictions in the United States. He has extensive trial experience in commercial and maritime cases, including bankruptcy actions as well as litigations involving submerged utility assets.

Mr. Hohenstein has also had a distinguished naval career, commencing his service as a surface line officer, during which time he qualified as an officer of the deck as well as an engineering officer of the watch. He subsequently was selected for the Navy's law school education program while on active duty and then commenced a period of service as a member of the Navy's Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps. During his service as a member of the active duty JAG Corps, Mr. Hohenstein was assigned to the Navy's Admiralty Division at its headquarters in Washington, D.C., where his ultimate assignment was as Assistant Admiralty Counsel of the Navy. While serving in the naval reserve, Mr. Hohenstein was the Commanding Officer of the Navy's Admiralty Law Unit. In May 2007, Mr. Hohenstein retired from the Navy, having achieved the rank of captain.

During law school, Mr. Hohenstein was a member of the University of Chicago Law Review.


  • The University of Chicago Law School, J.D.
  • The University of Chicago, B.A., with honors
Bar Admissions/Licenses
  • New York
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • All State Courts in New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • New York County Lawyers' Association, Chair, Committee on Admiralty and Maritime Law, 1999-2000
Honors & Awards
  • Holland & Knight Pro Bono All-Star, 2020
  • Guide to the World’s Leading Shipping and Maritime Lawyers, Legal Media Group's Expert Guides, 2019
  • The Best of the Best, Shipping and Maritime, Legal Media Group's Expert Guides, 2019
  • The Best of the Best USA, Shipping and Maritime, Legal Media Group's Expert Guides, 2019
  • Who's Who Legal: Transport, Shipping, 2015-2018, 2020, 2021
  • The Best Lawyers in America guide, Admiralty & Maritime Law, 2007-2021
  • Chambers USA – America's Leading Business Lawyers guide, Transportation: Shipping: Litigation (New York), 2009-2020
  • New York Super Lawyers magazine, 2006-2009, 2011-2020
  • Lloyd's List, April 17, 2007, The Last Word (Article in Honor of Retirement from the U.S. Navy)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated  
  • Phi Beta Kappa


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