Joanne Mantis is an admiralty and maritime attorney focused on maritime business disputes and financial transactions. Her experience includes charter party disputes, cargo claims, vessel finance and documentation, collisions, marine casualties, and explosions.
Joanne represents a variety of clients within the marine industry: vessel owners, operators, managers, brokers, and charterers; logistics providers, towing companies, and offshore companies; shipyards, stevedores, terminal facilities, and port authorities; and financial services and private equity investors and underwriters. She also represents manufacturers, insurers, and offshore oil and gas interests.
She advises clients concerning special laws and regulations that affect maritime business and financial transactions, and provides legal counsel in
- negotiating, structuring, and documenting complex maritime financial and business transactions,
- addressing related tax, regulatory and insurance issues, including Capital Construction Fund, citizenship requirements and cabotage laws,
- Maritime Administration Title XI financing requirements, and
- restructurings and workouts involving marine assets.
She works both domestically and internationally for clients, and has been involved with matters in state courts, in arbitration, and before international tribunals. She also represents clients before state and federal regulatory agencies, such as the Department of Labor, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, and the U.S. Coast Guard.
Joanne also represents municipal and government entities in contracts and claims, has significant experience in international law, is licensed to practice law in Greece, and has been involved with mediation and arbitration in London, Greece, and the U.S. A multilingual attorney, in addition to English, Joanne speaks, reads, and writes Greek and is fluent in French. She returned to the firm’s New Orleans office in October of 2011 after working in Athens, Greece, in an affiliate office of King, Krebs & Jurgens.
Joanne was admitted to the Louisiana Bar in 1995 and the Greek Bar in 1999. She graduated from Tulane University Law School in 1994 where she received a certificate of specialty in admiralty law. While in law school, she was a member of the Maritime Law Society, and she served as vice president of her senior class. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Tulane University in 1991.
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Professional & Community Affiliations
- American Bar Association
- Louisiana State Bar Association
- New Orleans Bar Association
- Athens Bar Association, Greece