ANDREW J. HIGH
My career began with a focus primarily in transactions and litigation related to the yachting industry. As time passed and the needs of my clients evolved, my practice has evolved to meet those needs and to include matters related to custom automobiles. I also serve as general counsel to several small businesses and new ventures. Above all, I love doing deals all the way from inception and negotiation through closing and occasional disputes resulting in litigation. The deal will always be at the core of my practice; helping people buy and sell all types of luxury assets.
I have worked on a full range of transactional matters, including contract negotiation, ownership planning, drafting purchase and construction contracts, tax planning, managing yacht, and automobile closings, charter and/or lease agreements, employment agreements, and financing packages.
Unfortunately sometimes a deal goes bad and when disputes arise, I’m also available to my clients. I frequently represent clients in litigation, mediation and arbitration proceedings involving a range of claims, including brokerage commission disputes, crew employment disputes, breach of contract, insurance coverage disputes, and vessel arrests.
Equal to my passion for the law is my passion for helping kids. I currently serve as President of the Board of Directors for AMIKids Greater Ft. Lauderdale, dedicated to transforming lives of troubled youths resulting in productive and contributing members of our local community. To find out more, visit www.amikidsgreaterftlauderdale.org or www.amikids.org, or simply ask me.
Throughout my career I have had the privilege of associating myself with several industry organizations and national publications, some of whom have graciously given me the opportunity to speak or write to their audiences. You will find several of them listed below. To the extent that any of my articles may seem interesting, we are happy to provide you with copies upon request.
Present and Past Professional Associations and Memberships:
President, Board of Directors, AMIKids Greater Ft. Lauderdale
General Counsel, Young Professionals in Yachting
Florida Yacht Broker’s Association
Marine Industries Association of South Florida
National Marine Bankers Association
International Superyacht Society
The Florida Bar
District of Columbia Bar Association
Broward County Bar Association
Speaker, Vessel Transactions and the Law Seminar, June 2010
Panelist, FYBA Charter Seminar, October 2011
Panelist, “Growing Your Business in the Superyacht Industry”, YachtInfo Seminar, October 2013
Author, “How to (Legally) Mix Business with Pleasure”, Southern Boating, August 2013
Author, “The Importance of the Business Side of Boating”, Multihulls Magazine, Sept./Oct. 2013
Author, “Things You Need to Know Before Contracting to Build a Motor Yacht”, Onboard Online, Feb. 2013
Author, “Clearing Up the Mystery Surrounding Boat Show Bonds”, Florida Yacht Broker’s Association, March 2010
Author, “It’s Not Over Till It’s Over: Finalizing the Deal”, Florida Yacht Broker’s Association, November/December 2008
Author, “How To Offer Yachts For Sale or Charter at the South Florida Boat Shows”, Florida Yacht Broker’s Association, October 2008
Author, “When the Repo Man Calls”, Florida Yacht Broker’s Association, August/September 2008
Author, “Keeping Offshore Transactions on Course”, Florida Yacht Broker’s Association, April 2008
Author, “Yachting Post 9/11”, Florida Yacht Broker’s Association, March, 2008
Author, “To Charter or Not to Charter: That is the Question”, Florida Yacht Broker’s Association, November 2007
Author, “Florida’s Legal Definition of Breach of Contract”, Florida Yacht Broker’s Association, March 2007
Author, “The Framework for A Yacht Closing”, Florida Yacht Broker’s Association, February 2007
High Law is founded on the core principles of concierge service and a great client experience. We strive to provide leadership to our clients in all of their luxury matters while maintaining a positive experience. Our top notch team delivers high quality work, but more importantly we want to provide an experience where you feel comfortable calling your lawyer again. When you have a problem or a question related to any luxury purchase or dispute, we want to be the first person you call. We look forward to showing you what makes us an innovative leader in the legal profession.