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The International Maritime Group (IMG) offers state-of-the-art legal services to the international trade, fisheries, seafood, oil and gas, mining and maritime business communities of the Pacific Northwest.

The International Maritime Group is committed to ensure compliance with international standards, agreements, treaties and conventions under public and private international law.

As a leading law firm in the field, we have significant experience in preparing Member States of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations (UN), International Labour Organisation (ILO), UNHCR, and other conventions and regional agreements. The experienced legal team at IMG understands the intricate and often overwhelming requirements to bring all of the moving parts together from signature and accession to entry into force and ratification in national legislation.

Our team has helped governments and States join international organizations, lead relevant steering committees, advocate and pass resolutions, draft national legislation and standards to reflect accessions, develop national strategies, amend and revise national standards, and negotiate regional and international agreements.

International Reach

IMG is well-positioned to provide strategic support for your national, international, or multinational matters. IMG has offices and presence across the United States, with clients and matters across six continents. In addition, our network of multilingual and specialized attorneys is available to support you worldwide, no matter how remote.


R. Isaak Hurst, Esq.

Founder and Principal Attorney

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Practice Areas

We support governments and international organizations in a range of practice areas, including:

  • Accession to international conventions, treaties, codes, amendments, and ratification in national legislation;

  • Harmonization of legislation;

  • Compliance with national and international laws and standards, including International Maritime Organization (IMO) conventions, United Nations, International Labour Organization (ILO) and others;

  • Submissions and reports to treaty bodies;

  • Conformity with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (“Ruggie Principles”) and Corporate Social Responsibility;

  • Port State Control mechanisms and administration such as the Paris Memorandum of Understanding and the Tokyo Memorandum of Understanding;

  • Contracts and commercial transactions;

  • Public affairs and economic strategies;

  • Prepare for IMSAS Audit Scheme, compliance with the IMO White List, STCW Convention, SOLAS, MARPOL, Rotterdam Convention, and others.

Regulatory Disputes

Legal Services When It Matters Most

IMG is at the forefront of international trade and maritime services regulation. We have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the markets our clients operate in and the issues they face on a daily basis. Our established relationships with the regulators and insight into their concerns enables us to proactively advise clients on the regulatory horizon from a cross-jurisdictional perspective.

Advisory Positions

We help our clients on various regulatory and compliance aspects as a preventive measure. We are regularly asked to advise on highly complex and sensitive matters, due to our client-orientated approach, which provides commercial, practical and innovative solutions to the challenges faced. We provide a seamless and integrated legal service with our contentious regulatory team to develop solutions to complex regulatory issues.

Corporate Compliance

We frequently advise clients on handling regulatory problems, often at the earliest stages where questions of self-reporting or global co-ordination may arise. We have acted for high profile individuals facing insider dealing allegations, firms facing allegations of benchmark manipulation, and on contested enforcement proceedings relating to breaches of conduct rules.

State and Federal Investigations

In the unfortunate event that our clients are investigated by the relevant authorities or charged with offences, we will ensure that a team of lawyers, who have extensive experience in dealing with authorities, are immediately assigned to the case to ensure that they receive prompt and proper representation.

IMG proudly supports the International Maritime Organization (IMO)

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