Bar Admissions
United States Supreme Court

Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts

United States Courts of Appeals for the First and Second Circuits

United States District Courts for the Districts of Massachusetts and Vermont

District of Columbia Superior Court

Practice Areas
  • Admiralty & Maritime

  • Appellate

  • Catastrophic Personal Injury

  • Complex Civil & Business Litigation

  • Insurance & Reinsurance Coverage

  • Premises Liability

University of Virginia School of Law (J.D., 1986)
University of Chicago (B.A., 1970)

Military Service
Captain, U.S. Coast Guard Reserve (retired)(1970-2000)
Active Duty 1970-1975
Commander Naval Forces and Harbor Defense Commander
-Operation Uphold Democracy- Haiti 1994

Reported Cases
-MT “Baltic Commander” Schiffahrtsgesellschaft MbH & Co. KG v. Massachusetts Port Authority, 918 F.Supp.2d 105 (U.S.D.C. Mass. 2013)
-Northern Ins. Co. of New York v. Point Judith Marina, LLC 579 F.3d 61 (1st Cir. 2009)
-Jain v. Cape Ann Whale Watch, Inc., No. 05-11267 (U.S.D.C. Mass. 2007);
-Fortis Bank (Nederland) N.V. v. M/V Shamrock, 2005 WL 763265 (D.Me. 2005)
-Citrus Marketing Bd. Of Israel v. M/V Ecuadorian Reefer, 754 F. Supp. 229 (D.Mass. 1990)

Michael J. Rauworth

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Phone Number : (617) 420-8052
Fax Number : (617) 395-2627
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170 Worcester Street
Suite 200
Wellesley, MA 02481-5508

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MICHAEL J. RAUWORTH is a partner in the Boston location of The Chartwell Law Offices, LLP, where he concentrates his practice in maritime and admiralty matters- lawsuits, business transactions, and regulatory matters. He also handles construction and surety bonding suits and other business litigation.  He is admitted to practice in Massachusetts and before the United States Supreme Court.  He is a 1970 graduate of the University of Chicago and a 1986 graduate of the University Of Virginia School Of Law.  
Mr. Rauworth's maritime practice reaches to nearly every sort of maritime claim, and business matters ranging from maritime film contracts to the purchase and sale of commercial vessels to maritime festival events. He developed arguments that made their way to the United States Supreme Court in the Sky Reefer case and made a nationwide change in the law of cargo disputes. His clients include pilot organizations, ship-owners, port authorities, marine insurers, yards, marinas, and other maritime businesses and individuals.
Mr. Rauworth's practice builds on a life-long association with seagoing pursuits, including some 200,000 nautical miles as a professional; deck officer and master of twenty plus commercial and military vessels. He maintains a U.S. Coast Guard license to command vessels of any tonnage, from supertankers to sailing ships. In nearly 30 years of service with the Coast Guard and Coast Guard reserve, he rose to the rank of Captain and served in command of one Navy unit and five Coast Guard units, involving deployments to protect overseas ports of supply for U.S. forces.  He taught Marine Insurance in the International Maritime Business Program at Massachusetts Maritime Academy for many years.
He is board chair of Tall Ships America, and active in civic affairs and historic preservation in Nahant, Massachusetts, where he lives with his wife Nancy, whom he met while working as a chief mate of a four-mast square rigger.  He enjoys sailing, but strictly confines it to other people’s boats.

Professional Associations

Maritime Association of the United States
American Bar Association