“What matters most is that clients receive appropriate attention and that their established goals are met.
And that’s how we conduct our practice.”
James D. Bercaw
Jim is a member in our New Orleans office whose practice focuses primarily on the offshore oil and gas and maritime industries. His knowledge on rising issues in the area produces efficient, strategic solutions for clients. Jim's primary practice fields include offshore and maritime casualty litigation, maritime lien enforcement and collection, as well as insurance coverage and commercial litigation.
Jim attended the University of Alabama where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1987 and his juris doctor in 1990. During law school, he served as an editor for The Journal of the Legal Profession, was selected as a member of the Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society, and received Best Paper honors in Products Liability. He was also selected to the Jasons Honor Society. Jim was born in Allentown, PA, and is the father of two sons. He is a director of the Christian Brothers Foundation.
- World Fuel Servs. Singapore Pte Ltd. v. Bulk Juliana M/V, U.S. 5th Circuit, Participated as amicus curiae in appeal that enforced maritime lien in the United States against vessel for non-payment of bunkers supplied in Singapore
- Alleman v. Omni Energy Services Corp., U.S. 5th Circuit, Successfully secured court ruling in issue of law that contract for helicopter services was non-maritime
- Pacorini USA Inc. v. ROSINA TOPIC M/V, U.S. 5th Circuit, Obtained successful dismissal of purported claim for maritime lien
- Guevara v. Maritime Overseas Corp., U.S. 5th Circuit, Participated as amicus curiae in reconsideration en banc that vessel owner was not liable to seaman for punitive damages arising out of provision of maintenance and cure
- Mooney v. W&T Offshore, Inc., E.D.La., Obtained ruling under recent Supreme Court precedent that a tension leg platform was not a vessel as a matter of law
- Stuart Consulting Group, Inc. v. Loyless, La. 5th Cir., Successfully overturned Board of Review decision and obtained judgment that former employee quit and thus was not entitled to unemployment compensation benefits
- Sciacca v. Ives, La. 4th Cir., Successfully reversed district court decision that co-tenant was liable for full rent upon rejection of other co-tenant’s tender of partial payment
OFFSHORE WINDS MARINE & ENERGY BLOG POSTS
- Is There a Coming Sea Change in the Analysis of whether Energy Services Contracts are Maritime?
- Fifth Circuit Affirms Use of Special Jury Interrogatory on Whether an Accident Occurred
- Forget the Invites, Use a Contract Instead
- Eighteen Percentage Spread between Pre- and Post-Judgment Interest Rates Affirmed
- When In Doubt, File the Limitation Complaint (Part III): The Test Is Reasonable Possibility
- UPDATE: Punitive Damages for Jones Act Seamen are not "Pining for the Fjords, they're Dead"!
- Enforcing Foreign Judgments in U.S. Admiralty Courts: Second Circuit Prefers Substance Over Form
- But I'm Not Dead Yet! Punitive Damages for Unseaworthiness Claims Live On
- File the Complaint for Limitation of Liability Part 2: Electric Boogaloo
- I’ll Take “Not a Vessel” for $600, Alex: What Is a Tension Leg Platform
- The Fifth Circuit Restates Three Duties Vessel Owners Owe Longshore Employees
- 11th Circuit Approves Pro Rata Apportionment to Plaintiff and Intervenors of Attachment Costs
- What’s Done Cannot Be Undone: The Perils of E-mail Confirmations of Payment for Vessel Necessaries
- If in Doubt, File the Complaint for Limitation of Liability
- When No Privity of Contract Qualifies as “Any Contractual Relationship” under OPA
- Supreme Court Extends the Scope of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act Landward
- Fifth Circuit Focuses on Manning Requirements and Charter Arrangements for Foreign Floating Rigs
- Coast Guard Proposes Changes to Inspection of Towing Vessels Regulations
- Enforcing Internet Terms and Conditions in Maritime Contracts
Honors & Recognition
- Served as advisory editor for The American Mariner
- Served as an editor for The Journal of the Legal Profession
- Selected as a member of the Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society
- Selected as a member of the Jasons Honor Society
- Received Best Paper honors in Products Liability