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New Orleans
201 St. Charles Ave.
45th Floor
New Orleans, LA 70170
T: 504.569.1640
F: 504.582.1233

Education
  • Loyola University of New Orleans School of Law, J.D., 1977
  • Loyola University of New Orleans,  B.A., 1972
Bar and Court Admissions
  • U.S. District court in Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Middle & Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Seventh, and Federal Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court

“I stay on the front side of the wave. My clients appreciate that.”

Douglas P. Matthews

Doug Matthews has practiced law in New Orleans for 35 years and concentrates in maritime trial practice as defense counsel. Doug has defended numerous Jones Act and 905 (b) personal injury claims and also focuses on the Longshore Act practice, having presented the “employers” case to Administrative Law Judges, the Benefits Review Board and the U.S. Fifth and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeals. He has experience defending occupational illness claims under the Longshore Act, including audiological and pulmonary illnesses. In addition to Doug's practice in the Longshore and maritime fields, he has litigated state workman compensation claims, patent infringement claims, anti-trust claims, insurance coverage issues, claims of legal malpractice and product liability claims, both as individual suits and class actions.

Most notably, as a result of a request for the Maritime Law Association, he offered an amicus brief on behalf of the organization to the U.S. Supreme Court in the matter entitled Randall v. Chevron addressing status under the Longshore act. Doug has made frequent presentations on various maritime and Longshore Act issues at local and national seminars.

Beginning his career at Lemle Kelleher, Doug went on to be a founding partner of Frilot, LLC. In April 2008, Doug became a member of King, Krebs, & Jurgens. He’s a graduate of Loyola Law School and is “AV” rated by Martindale Hubbell.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS:

  • Successfully obtained a decision from Administrative Law Judge Larry Price denying an employee’s claim against his employer for benefits under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. The employee was involved in an incident on his employer’s dock where he was said to have been thrown six to eight feet by water escaping from a ruptured pump seal. The employee eventually had surgery on his right knee, which he claimed was injured in this incident. The Judge, however, denied the employee’s claim based upon a showing of the employee’s significant misstatements to his treating physicians of prior medical history including the omission of prior chronic pain and swelling in his right knee. (2013)
  • Andrepont v. Murphy, Successful in winning US. 5th Circuit Court appeal, circumscribing claimant's ability to force an employer to pay attorney's fees
  • Worked with major developer and producer of genetically modified organisms to resolve licensing issue. Guided enforcement of licensing agreement and stewardship of their patents

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Honors & Recognition

  • Louisiana Super Lawyers List, 2008-2014
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV-Preeminent Peer-Review Rated (5.0 out of 5)

News & Appearances

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Maritime Law Association of the U.S., Past Chair, Standing committee on Stevedore Maritime and Vessel Services
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, Past Port Director