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Welcome to Tradewind Maritime Services, the maritime consulting business of attorney Andrew Norris, Captain, U.S. Coast Guard (retired).


  • 22 years service as a U.S. Coast Guard attorney

  • Retired from the service in 2016 with the rank of Captain

  • Appointed as a court-martial trial court judge

  • Appointed as a judge on the Coast Guard Court of Criminal Appeals

  • Qualified marine casualty investigator

  • Conducted and served as legal advisor to formal Coast Guard casualty investigations

  • Maritime trial attorney, U.S. Coast Guard Office of Investigations and Analysis, 2017-2018

  • Adjunct professor, Roger Williams Law School (2010-2015) and University of Rhode Island (2015-2016)

  • Military professor, U.S. Naval  War College, U.S. National Defense University, and U.S. Coast Guard Academy

  • Prolific speaker and author


  • Licensed attorney  (Maryland)

  • Senior regulatory consultant, Independent Maritime Consulting LLC

  • Consultant and expert witness, National Forensic Consulting

  • Registered consultant, International Maritime Organization

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“I will raise a glass and toast the best operational lawyer I ever ran into. You educated me on the value a good lawyer can bring to operational issues and I will always be thankful for that education.”

Comments of senior U.S. Coast Guard admiral, the former Chief of Staff for the Fourteenth Coast Guard District from 2006-2008 (my direct supervisor) on the occasion of my retirement in summer 2016

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