Representative Cases

Admiralty & Maritime

  • Representing marine interests in Jones Act defense, collisions, cargo disputes and marine casualties

Commercial Litigation

  • Representing one of the United States' largest helicopter operators in all phases of its operations including financing, charters, air medical operations, and aircraft casualties

Oil & Gas

  • Represented numerous national oil companies and contractors in litigation matters determining the parameters of tort liability in Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) operations
  • Representing oil companies and oil service companies in a wide range of litigation, including construction disputes, contract disputes, class actions, casualties, environmental contamination and product liability
  • Represented national oil company in multi-million dollar recovery of platform damages caused by vessel allision during tropical storm, defeating Act of God defense
  • Represented national oil companies and contractors in litigation emanating from oil and gas well blow out

Employment

  • Andrepont v. Murphy, Successful in winning US. 5th Circuit Court appeal, circumscribing claimant's ability to force an employer to pay attorney's fees.

Insurance Coverage & Defense

  • Representing national insurer in third party Chinese Drywall litigation initiated in Louisiana against insurer
  • Representing national insurer in every coverage lawsuit filed in Louisiana against the insurer by its insureds a result of Hurricane Gustav, including bad faith claims
  • Negotiated and created a framework for the first mass settlement of over 700 Hurricane Katrina insurance claims pending in the Eastern District for national insurer
  • Defending national insurer in mass joinder litigation pending in the Eastern District and involving hundreds of Hurricane Katrina bad faith claims for coverage under homeowners policies
  • Obtained zero verdict for self-insured commercial entity in serious personal injury case involving plaintiff who underwent three separate surgeries following the accident and affirmation of the verdict on appeal to the Louisiana First Circuit

Product Liability
  • Representing a large automobile manufacturer in all of its product liability, warranty and commercial matters in Louisiana