Amir is a Senior Partner at S. Friedman & Co. with more than 30 years’ experience in practicing maritime law. He is widely respected in the industry for representing ship-owners, charterers and all of the major P&I clubs and foreign insurers in admiralty litigation before the Israeli courts, as well as through international arbitration held abroad.
In 2019, Amir was lauded by international legal directory Chambers Global as “the highest authority in Israel for marine matters” describing him as “very down-to-earth and always proactive” and “a business-minded lawyer with a lot of knowledge in the field”.
His practice includes maritime claims, arbitration and litigation. He represented local shipping companies and time charterers (such as Zim and Dead Sea Works) in a number of matters including arbitrations with vessel owners at the London Maritime Arbitrators Association. Amir’s extensive client roster also includes longstanding clients for whom Amir acts as general legal advisor, such as the Israeli Chamber of Shipping, which represents most of the Israeli shipping agencies and companies operating in the Israeli ports, and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Haifa and the North, which brings together manufacturers, industry and service providers to spearhead the economic development for northern Israel. As part of these roles, he advises the industry bodies and their members, including domestic and foreign shipping companies, on a variety of regulatory issues before the legislature bodies, the Ministry of Transport and the Israel Antitrust Authority.
Amir’s comprehensive expertise in all areas of maritime law (wet and dry), includes claims relating to cargo damage, insurance, collision, pilotage, salvage, general average, as well as civil and criminal lawsuits with respect to marine pollution. He also handles disputes relating to the enforcement of creditors’ liens before the Admiralty Courts, mortgage enforcements being regularly appointed as court receiver of vessels to be auctioned by the court, and advises on litigation and arbitration in Israel and abroad. Amir regularly advises on the drafting of charter parties, joint ventures, vessel sharing agreements, slot charter parties and overall shipping agreements, maritime liens, and much more.
Among numerous industry positions, Amir was appointed Vice President of the Israeli Association for Maritime Law affiliated to the International Maritime Committee (CMI) and is the secretary of the Israeli Carriers Conference, covering the carriage by marine carriers members of the Conference of US military cargoes to Israel, being supervised by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC).
Amir regularly lectures on shipping and marine insurance topics before Israeli academic institutions, local banks, national Chamber of Commerce, The Export Institution and others, and is the author of several professional articles published in international shipping law publications. With a vast wealth of experience and a strong global network of relationships with leading shipping law firms worldwide, Amir continues to provide the most best-rounded, professional and prompt advice to domestic and foreign clients in need of maritime law advice.