“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 over 35 years and concentrates on a 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, 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 authored 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” peer-review rated by Martindale Hubbell.
- 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)
- Successful in winning U.S. 5th Circuit Court appeal in Andrepont v. Murphy, 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
- OWCP on Verge of Amending Regulations to Include Electronic Submissions
- Eleventh Circuit Refuses to Apply International Safety Management Code as Basis for Vessel Negligence
- A Beach Vacation from the Longshore Act
- A SPAR Is Not a Vessel, but Is a SPAR a Building?
- Fifth Circuit Recognizes Compensation Lien in Jones Act Case
- Employer's Notice of Controversion (LS-207) Does Not Eviscerate Holding of Andrepont
- Land-Based Jones Act Seaman Status, Emotional Damages, and the "Zone of Danger"
- The Further Adventures of the Fifth Circuit and the LHWCA Jurisdiction Test
- Fifth Circuit Narrows “Adjoining Area” Definition in LHWCA Jurisdiction Test
- Termination for Misconduct Does Not Reopen LHWCA Claim, Fifth Circuit Follows Fourth Circuit in Deciding
- Jones Act Status Remains Unavailable on SPARS
Honors & Recognition
- Louisiana Super Lawyers List, 2008-2015
- 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