Alexander T Gruft

Contact Details


1515 Palisades Drive, Suite I-1 Pacific Palisades, CA 90272


Alex grew up in Los Angeles, California. In 2002, he moved to San Diego, California to attend law school at the University of San Diego, School of Law.

In 2003, he joined the law firm of Wright & L’Estrange in San Diego where he represented corporate and individual clients in a wide range of state and federal cases involving unfair competition, trade secrets, products liability, antitrust, corporate, banking, real estate, trust and estate, and employment law.

While practicing in San Diego, Alex gained extensive experience in maritime matters involving recreational vessels, including lien disputes, foreclosures, purchases and sales of yachts, yacht insurance, repair of yachts, property and sales and use taxes assessed on yachts, business and entity formation, manning and crewing of yachts, documenting and flagging of yachts, financing of yachts and various environmental issues involving yachts.

In 2015, Alex joined the maritime and transportation firm of Cox Wootton Lerner Griffin & Hansen, LLP where he continued to develop his maritime transactional practice while also focusing on litigation for maritime and transportation clients.

Alex opened his own firm in October 2017 to focus on his clients’ transaction, commercial and general business needs. In his maritime practice, he represents vessel owners in partition actions, marine employers in Jones Act/Longshore Act personal injury and employment-related disputes, charter companies in passenger injury disputes, recreational boaters in collision cases and marine repair shops in personal injury and contract disputes. In his transportation practice, he represents drayage and interstate trucking companies in employment disputes before the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, Employment Development Department and in state court. In his real estate practice, Alex represents marinas, yacht clubs and residential and commercial landlords in lease negotiations, unlawful detainer actions and premises liability matters.

Alex received his Juris Doctor in 2002 from the University of San Diego School of Law, where he served as Associate Editor of the San Diego Law Review, and was a member of the National Moot Court team. He completed his undergraduate education at Sonoma State University and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in history in 1997.



Yachting and Maritime Law

Law Firm

Law Office of Alexander T Gruft

Area of Practice

Business Law, Maritime Law, Real Estate, Transportation Law, Yachting Law



Professional Affiliations

State Bar of California, Marine Underwriters of Southern California, California Yacht Brokers Association, California Yacht Club


University of San Diego School of Law, J.D. 2002; Sonoma State University, B.A 1997


Pacific Palisades