Alexander Giles is a Principal with the law firm of Semmes, Bowen & Semmes in its Baltimore, Maryland office, and he chairs Semmes' Maritime Practice Group. Mr Giles began his career with Semmes in 1996 as a second-year law clerk, and Semmes is the only law firm for which he has worked during his entire legal career. In April of 2021, he celebrated 25 years with Semmes.
Mr Giles handles a variety of maritime matters for clients relating to terminal claims, cargo claims, marine terminal tariff disputes, arrest and attachment proceedings, limitation of liability proceedings, marine death and personal injury claims, collision and allision cases, marine insurance claims, suits involving breaches of maritime contracts and charter parties, marine products liability claims, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) investigations and administrative claims, claims involving toxic substances, salvage claims, marina claims, recreational boating claims, and vessel excise tax claims.
Mr Giles also has an energy practice which is focused primarily on Offshore Wind and other renewable energy sources, including, but not limited to, issues pertaining to Jones Act and cabotage law issues, representation before US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) regarding interpretative rulings, Maryland Public Service Commission (PSC) regulations/oversight, and US Coast Guard navigation issues and regulations.
Mr Giles is very active with the Maritime Law Association of the United States (MLA), having previously served on the MLA Board of Directors (2011-2014) and as the Chair of the MLA's Stevedores, Marine Terminals, and Vessel Services Committee (2017-2020). Mr. Giles is also active with the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute (SEALI), the Propeller Club of Baltimore, the Business Network for Offshore Wind, and the Maryland Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Furthermore, Mr Giles was recently named the 2021 Best Lawyers in America Lawyer of the Year for Admiralty and Maritime in Baltimore, Maryland.
Mr Giles obtained his JD degree from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 1997, and his undergraduate degree from Frostburg State University in 1994.