- Business & Commercial Litigation
- Commercial Lending & Finance
- Corporate Compliance & White Collar Defense
- Environmental & Toxic Torts
- Insurance & Litigation
- Labor & Employment
Jones Walker's Admiralty & Maritime Practice Group represents clients engaged in domestic and international shipping and offshore drilling, transport, and production activities. Our clients are also engaged in onshore and port-related activities. We act as principal counsel for inland barge lines; towboat companies; ocean-going shipping lines; terminal operators; stevedores; major oil and gas exploration, production, transmission, and service companies; offshore construction companies; builders of inland and ocean vessels; offshore platforms; barges, rigs, and pipelines; and hull, cargo, P&I, and general liability insurers. Because our clients' issues may arise at any time, members of our group are always on call.
Our diverse experience with all aspects of the maritime industry enables us to represent clients in transactional matters and related business operations issues, as well as in regulatory or government relations issues and in complex, multi-district litigation, arbitration, and mediation, as described below.
With respect to marine contracts, we have extensive experience in the negotiation and drafting of charter parties, contracts of affreightment, transportation agreements, terminal tariffs, berth applications, letters of credit, shipyard construction and repair contracts, naval architect contracts, and international sales contracts.
In the maritime finance area, we are frequently called on to counsel clients in complex ocean and inland domestic and international vessel acquisitions, financings, and flagging of vessels. We are very experienced in maritime lien enforcement, foreclosures, ship seizures, and maritime bankruptcies. In addition, we have handled billions of dollars in financing and refinancing for maritime industry clients.
Regulatory and Government Relations Experience
In addition to U.S. Coast Guard proceedings, we engage in regulatory and administrative matters involving, among other things, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers permit applications, U.S. Customs seizures and classification disputes, and analysis of conventions and treaties.
Members of our maritime practice have particular experience handling manning issues offshore, including matters of immigration, citizenship, and outer continental shelf exemptions.
Jones Walker's government relations practice addresses the many legislative and regulatory issues of regional, national, and international scope that affect maritime industry clients. Our highly-experienced staff assists clients by monitoring federal legislative and executive activities; participating in regulatory agency administrative proceedings; and preparing, supporting, or opposing legislative initiatives on behalf of our clients.
To accomplish these objectives, Jones Walker meets regularly with the most active policymakers in the White House, on Capitol Hill, and throughout the federal government. For example, Jones Walker's experience in coalition-building led to the development of an integrated coalition of 250 inland ports, waterways companies, shippers, and advocacy groups. The firm now advises this coalition on everything from organizational matters to strategic communications to lobbying.
Personal Injury, Death & Property Litigation
We have extensive litigation experience in matters involving personal injury, death claims, property damage claims, aviation casualties, claims of Jones Act seamen, general maritime law claims, indemnity and contribution actions, Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, Louisiana Workers' Compensation Act, offshore drilling rig activities, offshore derrick barge activities, offshore production platform activities, and products liability litigation.
Collisions & Environmental Matters
Our attorneys routinely handle vessel collisions, including investigations and U.S. Coast Guard proceedings, limitation of liability actions, oil pollution response and liability, environmental damage claims, and salvage and wreck removal.
Additionally, we counsel clients concerning bills of lading and matters arising therefrom, including cargo damage claims, dispatch and demurrage, hazardous cargo, stevedoring operations, and terminal operations.
Jones Walker's Admiralty & Maritime Insurance practice includes broker's and agent's liability, cargo liability, charterer's legal liability, employer's liability, excess liability, insurance fraud, hull and machinery insurance, pollution liability, protection and indemnity insurance, tower's legal liability, and wharfinger's liability, among other insurance coverages.
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- "Emerging Issues in Offshore Energy," November 2013, Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants Oil & Gas Industry Workshop
- "Regulating the Oil Patch - Who is BSEE", 7th Annual Offshore Marine Service Association ("OMSA")/Loyola University New Orleans College of Law Industry Seminar"
- "What To Do If Your Client Is Misbehaving, Part III"
- "Unseaworthiness and Punitive Damages; McBride v. Estis Well Service", Presentation to the Board of the Offshore Marine Service Association ("OMSA")
- "Fifth Circuit: Seaman Can Recover Punitive Damanges for Breach of the Warranty of Seaworthiness"LSU Journal of Energy Law and Resources, October 30, 2013
- "Breach of Warranty and Misrepresentation—USA"Tulane Law Review, June 2013
- "Sub-Chapter M From a Defense Lawyer's Perspective: How Your Liability and Litigation May Change in an Inspected World"Greater New Orleans Barge Fleeting Association 30th Annual River and Marine Industry Seminar, InterContinental New Orleans, April 26, 2012
- "Admiralty and Maritime Law"Robert B. Acomb, Jr. and John J. Broders
Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts, 3rd ed., Chapter 77, Section of Litigation, American Bar Association, January 2012