Our attorneys share a broad range of knowledge and expertise, affording our clients full legal services in all phases of trial and appellate practice in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas, and in some of our practice areas, throughout the United States. Our concentrations of practice are briefly described here.
Admiralty and Maritime Law:
Our admiralty and maritime practice includes all aspects of “brown water” and offshore marine operations. We represent barge owners and operators, towboat companies, line haul operators, cargo interests, stevedores, fleets and terminals, as well as marine underwriters. Our offshore clients include natural resource exploration companies, vessel operators, divers, construction companies, dredge operators and the nation’s only deepwater port. We handle both property damage and personal injury claims, cargo claims and subrogation, vessel seizures and enforcement of maritime liens, as well as any other energy and offshore related litigation.
Longshore and Workers’ Compensation Litigation:
We have particular expertise in the field of defending workers’ compensation claims, both under state and federal statutory schemes. The firm has handled longshore compensation claims at all levels, including the representation of employers and carriers before the Office of Workers’ Compensation, the Office of Administrative Law Judges, the Benefits Review Board, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Our attorneys have handled longshore claims literally coast to coast, including the Ports of New Orleans; Houston, Texas; Mobile, Alabama; Jacksonville, Florida; Savannah, Georgia; Charleston, South Carolina; Wilmington, North Carolina; Birmingham, Alabama; Louisville, Kentucky; Baltimore, Maryland; and Honolulu, Hawaii. We handle Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Claims statewide at every level of the litigation process. This includes mediation and trial at the Office of Workers’ Compensation Administration and through all appellate levels, paying particular attention to involving both employers and their insurers in the defense process.
Defense Base Act and War Hazards Compensation Act:
Claims arising under the Defense Base Act and War Hazards Compensation Act have been of growing importance as a result of the war on terror being waged in Iraq and Afghanistan. The handling of Defense Base Act claims has been a natural fit for our firm, given our broad experience with longshore claims, as the Defense Base Act incorporates the longshore act’s remedies. We handle Defense Base Act claims worldwide, as well as handling reimbursement claims under the War Hazards Compensation Act.
Corporate and Commercial Law:
We provide complete corporate and commercial services to our clients, from consulting on all aspects of corporate formation, partnerships, limited liability companies and other legal entities, to assisting in the negotiation of contracts, employment and labor issues, and other corporate transactions. We handle all types of contract negotiation and enforcement matters and have particular expertise in the areas of vessel construction and financing, sales, chartering, crewing, management, service, fleeting, brokerage and affreightment agreements.
Our litigation practice includes representing corporate clients and individuals in business and claims, possessory actions, mortgage foreclosures, garnishments and attachments, restraining orders, injunctive relief and judgment debtor issues. Our business and commercial clients range from sole proprietors to Fortune 500 companies and include maritime, agricultural and energy-related companies.
Environmental and Toxic Tort Litigation:
The firm has handled a broad range of environmental matters and toxic tort litigation. We have partnered with criminal defense attorneys to provide response to environmental investigations and prosecutions and assisted in counseling our clients on developing preventive programs and statutory compliance to avoid environmental problems. We have successfully defended litigation arising out of pollution spills, hazardous waste and other environmental damage litigation, and have represented clients in oil pollution fund reimbursement claims. In toxic tort claims, we have represented corporate and insurance clients in asbestosis, silicosis and other occupational disease litigation.
General Casualty and Insurance Defense:
Our attorneys have extensive experience and expertise in handling general casualty litigation in both state and federal courts. We have defended corporate and insurance clients in a broad range of suits, from simple “slip and fall” cases to complex catastrophic injuries to class action toxic tort lawsuits. A substantial portion of our practice includes defense of insurance clients and their insureds in general casualty, maritime, commercial, automobile, trucking, product liability, medical malpractice, construction and environmental and toxic tort litigation. We have also counseled our insurance and non-insurance clients in complex coverage matters, including defense and indemnity, coverage opinions, denials of coverage, reservations of rights and co-insurance.
Transportation, Automobile Liability and Trucking Defense:
Our clientele includes transportation companies and automobile/trucking liability insurers. We have successfully litigated personal injury, death and property damage claims arising out of vehicular accidents, as well as shipping/cargo claims. In addition, we have successfully defended a substantial number of low impact collision claims. Where fraud and exaggeration of claims is suspected, we have aggressively defended automobile liability matters.