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  • Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University, J.D., 1997, Order of the Coif; Senior Editor, Louisiana Law Review, Vol. 57; Chancellor's List; Recipient, J.Y. Sanders, Jr. Memorial Scholarship
  • University of New Orleans, B.A., 1994
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  • Louisiana, 1997
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  • 5th Cir., 1998
  • E.D. La., 1998
  • M.D. La., 1998
  • W.D. La., 1998
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L. Balart
Partner
201 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70170-5100
504.582.8584 tel
504.589.8584 fax

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Etienne Balart is a member of the firm’s Admiralty & Maritime, Construction, and Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Groups. Mr. Balart has practiced law since 1997, including one year of service as a law clerk to the Honorable W. Eugene Davis of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Balart has spent his entire private practice with Jones Walker, where he is AV-rated, the highest Peer Review rating available. He has appeared before numerous federal courts, state courts, and before arbitration panels.

Mr. Balart advises a variety of clients in the maritime and energy sectors from both a transactional and litigation perspective. His litigation experience spans commercial disputes, insurance coverage issues, vessel seizures, maritime personal injuries, multi- and single-claim limitation of liability actions, third party state and Outer Continental Shelf platform claims, vessel collisions and allisions, indemnity disputes and applications of anti-indemnity statutes, and cargo claims. Mr. Balart’s transactional practice includes drafting and reviewing contracts in the maritime and energy sectors, primarily master service contracts, drilling contracts, vessel charter parties, towage contracts, and vessel construction contracts. Mr. Balart also advises clients within the maritime and energy sectors of regulatory compliance issues, vessel documentation, and certification issues and related matters. 

In his construction practice, Mr. Balart has represented both owners, general contractors, and subcontractors in a variety of construction litigation and commercial disputes, including Louisiana Public Bid Law disputes. Mr. Balart has handled arbitrations and state and federal court cases for a variety of construction clients involving design errors, defective specifications, delay in construction claims, change orders, and payment disputes.

Noteworthy

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in the 2017 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers in the area of Transportation/Maritime (listed annually since 2015)

Representative Matters

  • In re Parker Drilling Offshore USA, LLC (Eastern District of Louisiana)
  • Grefer v. Travelers et al. (State of Louisiana, 24th Judicial District Court)
  • Hyundai (USA) Corp. v. Combined Transport et al. (S.D. Ohio, C-1-99-826)
  • TIG Insurance Company v. Eagle, Inc., 294 Fed. Appx. 920, 2008 WL 4422333, (5th Cir., Oct. 1, 2008)
  • Orr v. Otto Candies, Inc., 872 So.2d 1030 (La. App. 3rd Cir. 2004)
  • The Nippon Fire & Marine Ins. Co. v. M/V Spring Wave, 92 F.Supp.2d 574 (E.D. La. 2000)
  • Somerset Marine, Inc. v. Olympic Marine Co., et al., 2001 AMC 2806 (E.D. La. 2001)
  • The Nippon Fire & Marine Ins. Co. v. The M/V Coral Halo, 2004 AMC 273 (E.D. La. 2000)
  • Quinlan v. McDermott International, Inc. et al., 2010 WL 2836081 (E.D. La., July 16, 2010)
  • Dominion Exploration & Production, Inc. v. Delmar Systems, Inc., 2009 WL 701717 (E.D. La., March 13, 2009)
  • Catcor Services, Inc. v. Boyson, Inc. et al. (Eastern District of Louisiana)
  • Osario v. NATCO (State of Louisiana, 24th Judicial District Court)
  • J. Ray McDermott Engineering, LLC v. Fugro-McClelland Marine Geosciences, Inc. (Eastern District of Louisiana) 

News

Presentations

Publications

  • "Celestine v. Union Oil Co. of California: Repairmen and the Unreasonable Risk Determination in Louisiana Strict Liability Jurisprudence"
    57 Louisiana Law Review 267, 1996

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Energy Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute