Boat Tax and Transactions is a division of Baylaw, LLC, a law firm located in Annapolis, Maryland. The firm’s principal, J. Dirk Schwenk is an experienced maritime, contract and litigation attorney with hands-on knowledge of vessel purchase, sale and transfer matters.  We regularly provide our clients with advice about boat tax in all states of the United States, as well as reviewing purchase/sale contracts and providing settlement, vessel documentation and international flagging services.  We can guide you through the process of purchasing or selling a vessel from the original brokerage agreements through vessel documentation or flagging through tax analysis and negotiation. 

“I had the pleasure of working as co-counsel with Mr. Schwenk on a complex civil matter. During a lengthy trial, I found Dirk to be extremely well-prepared and unflappable. He has an easy-going manner, which I think both judges and juries appreciate, but don’t let that fool you: Dirk is spot-on with knowing the law and is an excellent advocate for his clients, being suitably aggressive or charming as needed.”

– T.G., Attorney

Thank you for the way in which you handled the defense of my recent case. Having to deal with this from overseas I had to place my entire trust in you to deal with this case on my behalf..thank you most sincerely for doing a great job and getting the best result for myself. To say I am 100% satisfied would be putting it mildly!

– R, Client, 2016

“Thank you for your most professional handling of our recent defense case. Having you on the case eased our minds considerably, and the out come was even better than hoped for!  Should we ever need assistance again, you will be our first choice.”

-W, Client, 2016

“Dirk was able to quickly settle an insurance claim on my boat when the insurance company had been unwilling to pay.  His quick action and knowledge of marine situations helped me gain a five figure settlement which allowed me to get back on the water again.”

– Doug T   Dec. 2013