Bar Admissions

Puerto Rico

United States Court of Appeals for the First and Eleventh Circuits

Practice Areas
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law

  • Intermodal Cargo Claims

  • Personal Injury

  • Commercial Truck Accidents Defense

Tulane University, School of Law (Masters of Law)
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico School of Law (J.D.)
University of Puerto Rico (B.A.)

Military Service
United States Army

Gustavo Martinez

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200 S. Biscayne Boulevard
Suite 300
Miami, FL 33131

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GUSTAVO A. (“GUS”) MARTINEZ-TRISTANI is an associate in the Chartwell’s Miami, Florida office. Gus was born and raised in Puerto Rico and earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from the University of Puerto Rico. He earned his Juris Doctor Degree from the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, School of Law, where he was a member of the Law Review, the Dean’s List, and graduated in the top 20% of his class. Gus also has a Master of Laws Degree in Admiralty and Maritime Law from Tulane University, School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana, having also graduated in the top 20% of his class.


Gus served in the U.S. Army, both in active and reserve service, first as a non-commissioned officer and later as a commissioned officer after having graduated from the R.O.T.C. program and the U.S. Army Ordnance School in Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland. During his years in service Gus became a parachutist after completing Airborne School training with the 5th Special Forces Group in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. As an officer while in the U.S. Army Reserve, Gus commanded platoons in infantry and ordnance units and was in charge of organizing and implementing diverse military training and supervising enlisted personnel. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army Reserve in September 1998.


Gus has 25 years of litigation experience and is licensed to practice law in all State and Federal Courts in Florida and Puerto Rico, including the United States Court of Appeals for the First and Eleventh Circuits.  After graduating from law school, Gus practiced law in Puerto Rico’s state and federal courts where he mostly handled cases involving admiralty and maritime law, medical malpractice, labor law, and general personal injury. In September 2002 Gus relocated to Jacksonville, Florida where he focused his practice in admiralty and maritime law, intermodal cargo claims, and medical malpractice law. In August 2009, Gus relocated to Miami where he has continued his practice in admiralty and maritime law, intermodal cargo claims, and general personal injury. Gus is fully bilingual in Spanish and English and has extensive experience handling all aspects of litigation, including motion practice, discovery, trial practice, and appeals.  


As part of his admiralty and maritime law practice, Gus handles cases in all the following areas: Jones Act seaman claims; maintenance and cure; maritime workers’ and non-seafarers’ personal injuries in territorial waters and the high seas; vessels collisions in territorial waters and the high seas; towage and salvage claims; Shipowner’s Exoneration from and/or Limitation of Liability procedures; marine insurance disputes and coverage opinions; drafting of and disputes arising out of charter parties; cabotage regulatory issues, vessel documentation and finance and, intermodal cargo claims. Given the nature of his federal practice and unique exposure to Civil and Common law systems, Gus has gained extensive experience dealing with comparative law and conflicts of law issues. In addition, Gus has lectured on the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act (“COGSA”) and the Harter Act; the Carmack Amendment; the Longshoreman and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act, and Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Actions in Admiralty. 

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