Areas of Practice
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D. and Admiralty/Maritime Law Program Certificate, 2005, magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Order of the Barristers; National Trial Team Member, Moot Court, Associate Justice of Moot Court
  • Northwestern University, B.A. in Drama, 1997
Bar Admissions
  • Louisiana, 2005
Court Admissions
  • 5th Cir., 2005
  • E.D. La., 2005
  • M.D. La., 2005
  • W.D. La., 2005
  • E.D. Tex., 2010
  • S.D. Tex., 2013
Barrett Rice
201 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70170-5100
504.582.8238 tel
504.589.8238 fax

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Barrett Rice is a partner in the firm's Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Group and practices closely with the Admiralty & Maritime Practice Group. She represents clients primarily in the maritime, oil and gas, transportation and insurance industries.

Ms. Rice's experience includes personal injury litigation, collision/allision litigation, OPA litigation, property damage claims, contract disputes, AAA and ICC arbitration, cargo and charter party disputes, claims for and against limitation of liability, vessel seizures, riparian rights, right-of-way disputes, marine insurance, marine pollution matters, reservoir damage, and other environmental litigation.


  • Participated in the 2013 Lex Mundi Cross-Border Dispute Resolution Program

Representative Matters

  • Successfully obtained an injunction against neighboring property owner in the Port of Lake Charles; negotiated agreement between parties for future use of Calcasieu ship channel in front of properties.
  • Successfully defeated shipowner's limitation action for client/oil company whose well was destroyed, resulting in oil pollution, loss of reservoir and economic claims under OPA '90.
  • Successfully defended clients in Jones Act jury trials in Corpus Christi, Texas and Cameron, Louisiana.
  • Successfully defended various clients in numerous Jones Act bench and jury trials in the Eastern District of Louisiana.




  • "Likely Legal Implications of SubChapter M", October 27, 2016, Maritime Law Association, Committee on Inland Waters and Towing
  • "Recent Developments in Maritime Law", April 27, 2016, GNOBFA River and Marine Industry Seminar
  • "Recent Developments in the Law - Its Effect on the Marine Industry", April 9, 2014, GNOBFA River and Marine Industry Seminar
  • "Breach of Warranty & Misrepresentation - United States", March 13, 2013, Tulane Admiralty Law Institute


  • "The New Frontier: The Practical Implications and Future of General Maritime Law After the 5th Circuit Decision in McBride"
    McBride v. Estis Well Service, LLC, 872 F.Supp.2d 511 (W.D. La. 2002) (and on appeal to the Fifth Circuit No. 12-30714) 731 F.3d 505 (5th Cir. 2013) Submariner, The Newsletter of LIIBA's Marine Claims Sub-Committee, February 6, 2014
  • "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


  • American Bar Association
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States 
  • New Orleans Bar Association  
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
  • Women in International Shipping and Trade Association