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Morgan & Morgan

Work Department

Shipping Admiralty and Litigation


Associate at Morgan & Morgan and currently serves in the Shipping and Admiralty Litigation Department of the firm.  Mr. Abadia specializes in all aspects of maritime dispute resolution and claims including collision, cargo, oil spill pollution, charter party disputes, and ship mortgage executions, among others.


Prior to joining Morgan & Morgan, Mr. Abadia gained experience as a lawyer in the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), where he had the opportunity to handle legal matters within the areas of contracts and maritime law.  In the ACP, Mr. Abadia had the opportunity to participate in hearings related to marine accident investigations, negotiations to finalize maritime claims, answer inquiries on the interpretation and application of the internal regulations of the company, among other important aspects.

Mr. Abadia is also involved in the pro bono activities of the firm regularly assisting to Legal Open Houses organized by the firm in low-income communities to provide free legal orientation.


Spanish and English.


Maritime Law Association of Panama.


Mr. Abadia graduated with honors from the Law and Political Science faculty at Universidad Santa Maria La Antigua in Panama. He went on to obtain a Masters in Law (LLM) at Duke University, Durham, NC, United States and after that a Masters in Maritime Law at the School of Law at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA, United States.  

Lawyer Rankings

Panama > Transport: Shipping

One of the first ports of call in Panama for shipping matters, Morgan & Morgan fields a broad practice that spans ship registration, finance and litigation, and which has successfully ‘maintained its strong position in the market‘ over the years. The team, whose ‘extensive experience and expertise’ in the shipping space is highlighted by clients, handles collision, cargo, pollution, personal injury and marine insurance disputes, and is particularly noted for its focus on claims against the Panama Canal Authority. Clients range from domestic and international financial institutions to ship owners, P&I clubs and port operators. Jazmina Rovi leads the ship finance and registration group, while Juan David Morgan Jr oversees the shipping and admiralty litigation department. Maritime disputes are also a core area of focus for Francisco Linares, Luis Raven and associate Diego AbadíaSince publication, Abadía has left the firm.