• Stetson University College of Law
      J.D., 1984
    • University of Maine
      B.A., 1974
    • Florida
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida

Timothy P. Shusta

Tim Shusta practices in the area of commercial litigation. He practices primarily in admiralty and maritime law, insurance, business and finance, environmental law and tort litigation. His practice includes a range of maritime cases, including Jones Act and LHWCA personal injury claims, commercial and recreational diving cases, collision cases, cargo claims, pollution, contract, charter party disputes, limitation of liability, maritime liens, FD&D, general liability claims and salvage, including treasure salvage cases. In litigation matters his practice includes both commercial and recreational maritime cases representing clients in insurance, commercial and tort litigation at the trial and appellate level. Mr. Shusta is also experienced in maritime-related transactions, including shipyard contracts, vessel purchases, vessel foreclosure and other maritime contracts. His non-maritime litigation practice includes defense of significant personal injury claims, commercial matters, insurance coverage matters and products liability claims.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • The Florida Bar, Admiralty Law Committee
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States, Cruise Line Committee
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
  • Propeller Club of the Port of Tampa (Past President, 2001-2002)
  • International Propeller Club, Southeast Region (Past Vice President); Executive Committee (current member)
  • Port of Port Manatee Propeller Club (Director, 2005-2007)
  • Tampa Bay Mariners Club (Past President, 1989-1990)
  • Tampa Foreign Trade Zone #79 (President and Chairman of the Board, 2000-present) 
  • Port of Tampa Maritime Industries Association (Founding Director, 2003; Secretary/Treasurer, 2003-2008; President, 2009-present) 


  • Propeller Club of the Port of Tampa - Leadership Award (2011)
  • Propeller Club of the Port of Tampa - President's Award (2009)
  • Propeller Club of the Port of Tampa - Maritime Person of the Year (2007)
  • International Propeller Club, Southeast Region  - Member of the Year (2005, 2008)
  • Propeller Club of the Port of Tampa - Member of the Year (2005)
  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America© - Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Florida Super Lawyers