"The shipping business can be worse than the Wild West, the normal rule of law just doesn't apply in some places and it takes a long time for things to change."
Max Hardberger and is team have a very unique job, they steal ships -- from pirates. When shipping companies lose their craft to pirates and don't want to pay the huge ransoms, they turn to Hardberger. He and his crew have rescued about 15 ships.
And, it's been done without killing a single pirate. Instead, they have a strict policy of catch and release. After all, if you get rid of the all the pirates, business will dry up. Better to keep them out there and operating, especially since you know they're the crappy pirates you can easily get ships back from.
Hardberger graduated from Northwestern California Law School in 1998 and has practiced maritime law. But, before you add anti-pirate to the list of careers having a law degree opens up to you, note that the rest of his crew are all former soldiers with combat experience.
Great! That law degree means you get to be captain of your anti-pirate operation!
Hardberger has also worked as a pilot, English teacher, insurance adjuster, and blues drummer.