Maritime Law

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Litigation

We have litigated maritime disputes in state and federal courts in Louisiana, with a proven history of success. Our experience includes the representation of various types of maritime businesses in litigation including:

  • Crew Boat Owners and Operators

  • Off-shore Supply Vessel Owners and Operators

  • Liftboat Owners and Operators

  • Underwriters

  • Shipyards

  • Marine Construction Companies

In order to provide maximum value to clients, an effective litigation strategy requires an honest assessment. To achieve this end, we thoroughly investigate each incident, identify the key issues as well as the legitimacy of the claim and aggressively and efficiently litigate on our client’s behalf.

Underlying the success of any of any strategy is prompt and effective communication, and by working alongside our clients at every step of a dispute we are able to adapt and tailor the course of action to meet our client’s immediate and long-term needs. Some areas of experience in which our firm represents maritime entities include:

  • Jones Act Defense

  • Defense of Maritime Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Actions

  • Marine Insurance

  • Maritime Property Damage

  • Maritime Construction and Repair

  • Maritime Contractual Disputes

  • Limitation of Liability Actions


consulting

In addition to our litigation practice, we regularly counsel vessel owners, vessel operators, shipyards, and marine construction companies in a wide range of maritime transactions including:

  • Charter Parties

  • Master Service Agreements

  • Ship Repair Contracts

  • Indemnity Agreements

  • Vessel Boarding Agreements 

In drafting agreements, the firm’s technical expertise and in-depth knowledge of our clients’ operations allow us to understand and address each client’s specific concerns, risks and objectives. Consequently, we engage in a collaborative drafting process, which enables us to efficiently craft each agreement with a specific focus on allocating the risk of the parties and managing our client’s risk in an effort to minimize the possibility of the need for judicial intervention.