Attorney Aksana Moshaiv Coone’s personal injury and admiralty and maritime practice focuses on the representation of cruise ship passengers and crew members in claims involving shipboard and shore excursion injuries, wrongful deaths, sexual assaults and seamen’s employment claims.  Ms. Coone also represents individuals seriously injured in a wide array of land-based accidents, including auto accidents, slip/trip and falls and product defects.  Drawing from her years of prior experience representing insurance companies, major cruise lines and other ship owners and tour operators, Ms. Coone has the unique advantage of viewing the law from both sides to expertly advocate for the rights of injured individuals, passengers and crew members. 

Prior to founding her own personal injury law firm, Ms. Coone has gained over 17 years of litigation experience defending various businesses, corporations and shipowners.  She has successfully resolved numerous personal injury claims, including cruise ship injuries, premises liability, automobile accidents, products liability, toxic exposure and wrongful death, as well as commercial disputes, Americans with Disabilities (“ADA”) claims and employee wage and hour, discrimination and termination claims.

For nearly 14 years, Ms. Coone has represented all the major U.S. based cruise lines and various vessel owners and tour operators, handling passenger injury, wrongful death, sexual assault, and shipboard illness claims, as well as, crew member injuries and toxic exposure claims under the Jones Act and the general maritime law and individual and class action suits involving penalty wages, maintenance and cure an unearned wages claims.  Ms. Coone has also gained substantial experience with motion practice and appellate briefing in state and federal courts, including drafting Amicus petition and merit briefs for the United States Supreme Court.

Apart from her extensive maritime litigation experience, Ms. Coone had gained widespread experience in advising cruise lines and tour operators on various legal and regulatory issues and the application of international maritime conventions.  She has also assisted in establishing policies and procedures relating to crew employment and the drafting of employment agreements, as well as the carriage of passengers, including regularly drafting and amending provisions in tour operator and cruise line Passage Contracts to conform to changes in the law and international conventions.  Between 2004 and 2012, Ms. Coone also co-authored Chapter II, “Cruise Ship Governmental Regulations,” in Benedict on Admiralty, the authoritative American treatise covering all aspects of maritime law.

EDUCATION AND HONORS

  • UCLA (B.A. 1993, cum laude)
  • Southwestern University School of Law (J.D. 1997, magna cum laude)
  • Member, Southwestern University Law Review; Dean’s List 1994-1997
  • American Jurisprudence Book Award – Civil Procedure
  • American Jurisprudence Book Award –Constitutional Law
  • Exceptional Achievement Award – Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Award – Community Property.

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

  • The State Bar of California
    • Judge Pro Tem for Los Angeles County Superior Court
  • American Association of Justice (“AAJ”)
    • Admiralty Law Section
  • Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (“CAALA”)

COURT ADMISSIONS

  • California Supreme Court and all California State Courts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals – Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California

LANGUAGES

  • Conversational in Russian and Hebrew

PUBLICATIONS

  • Benedict on Admiralty, Chapter II Cruise Ship Governmental Regulation -Co-authored 2004 to 2012

PRESENTATIONS

  • CLIA Legal & Insurance Seminar – Enforceability of Arbitration and Class Action Waiver Provisions in Passenger Contracts (2007)

PUBLISHED CASES

  • Yuzwa v. M/V OOSTERDAM, 2013 A.M.C. 1132, 2012 WL 6675171 (C.D. Cal. 2012)
  • Fritsch v. Princess Cruise Lines, Ltd., 2010 A.M.C. 1655, 2010 WL 2090315 (Cal. App. 2d Dist. 2010)
  • Javier v. Carnival Corp., 2010 WL 3633173 (S.D. Cal. 2010)
  • Princess Cruise Lines, Ltd. v. Superior Court (Wang), 179 Cal. App. 4th 36, 101 Cal. Rptr. 3d 323, 2009 Cal. App. LEXIS 1809 (Cal. App. 2d Dist. 2009)
  • Ward v. Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, Ltd., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 10383, 2009 WL 151490 (C.D. Cal. 2009)
  • Priyanto v. M/S Amsterdam, 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 40873, 2009 A.M.C. 239, 2009 WL 1160229 (C.D. Cal. 2009)
  • Priyanto v. M/S Amsterdam, 2009 WL 650734 (C.D. Cal. 2009)
  • Priyanto v. M/S Amsterdam, 2007 A.M.C. 2720, 2007 WL 4811854 (C.D. Cal. 2007)
  • Edwards v. Princess Cruise Lines, Ltd., 471 F. Supp 2nd 1032, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 32404 (N.D. Cal. 2007)
  • Edwards v. Princess Cruise Lines, Ltd., 240 F.R.D. 546, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 95104, 2007 A.M.C. 406 (N.D. Cal. 2006)
  • Leep v. American Ship Management, 126 Cal. App. 4th 1028 (Cal. App. 2nd Dist. 2005)
  • Schlessinger v. Holland America, N.V., 2003 A.M.C. 892, 2003 WL 21371851 (Cal. Sup. Ct. 2003)
  • Richard Travis Bryant v. William Diller, 36 Fed. Appx. 641, 2002 U.S. App. 2002 WL 1316492 (9th Cir. 2002)
  • Watanabe v. Royal Caribbean Cruises, 2001 WL 1511268 (Cal. App. 2nd Dist. 2001)