Areas of Practice
Practice-Specific Experience
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1979, with honors
  • University of Delaware, B.A., 1976, magna cum laude; Distinction in History
Bar Admissions
  • Louisiana, 1984
  • Pennsylvania, 1979
  • Texas, 1982
Curtis Hearn
201 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70170-5100
504.582.8308 tel
504.589.8308 fax

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Corporate & Securities Practice

Curt Hearn is the practice group leader of the firm's Corporate & Securities Practice Group, and has handled numerous mergers, acquisitions, and divestitures, as well as capital raising transactions, for a variety of publicly traded and privately held companies, as well as representing private equity and venture capital firms. He has particular experience in the energy, energy service, transportation, logistics, and manufacturing sectors. Mr. Hearn is ranked in the first band (top tier) in the area of Corporate/M&A in the 2009 edition of "Chambers USA – America's Leading Lawyers for Business."

Mr. Hearn also provides corporate and boardroom advice to a variety of public and private companies in the energy sector, including advising them on compliance with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) disclosure laws and Sarbanes-Oxley; preparing proxy materials and rendering advice in proxy contests; implementing anti-takeover defenses, including stockholder rights plans; drafting contracts; and advising clients on corporate governance matters.

Representative Clients and Transactions

  • Cal Dive International, Inc.
    Secondary offering of 23,194,964 shares of common stock
    Secondary offering of 22,600,000 shares of common stock 
  • McMoRan Exploration Co.
    Public offering of 15,547,000 shares of common stock
    Public offering of 86,250 shares of convertible perpetual preferred stock
    Conversion of 6% senior notes
    Redemption of 5% convertible preferred stock
    Public offering 11.875% senior notes due 2014
    Public offering of 16,887,500 shares of common stock
    Public offering of 2,587,500 shares of 6.75% mandatory convertible preferred stock
    Formed K-MC Venture I LLC, a joint venture with k1 USA Energy Production Corporation, a subsidiary of K1 Ventures Limited Singapore
  • Tidewater, Inc.
    Acquisition of eight offshore vessels from Sanko Steamship Co., Ltd.


  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019 (Copyright 2018 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC) in the areas of Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Securities/Capital Markets Law, and Venture Capital Law (listed annually since 1995)
  • Named the Best Lawyers'® 2015 and 2019 Corporate Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Named the Best Lawyers'® 2013 New Orleans Venture Capital Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Recognized in "Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business" in the area of Corporate/M&A (listed annually since 2004; top band since 2009)
  • Listed in the 2018 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers in the area of Mergers & Acquisitions (also listed 2007–2009, 2011 to present)
  • Recognized as a 2013 Top Lawyer by New Orleans Magazine
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell





  • American Bar Association (Member, Section on Business Law, ABA Task Force on Public Company Mergers)
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Tulane University Law School, Mergers and Acquisitions (Adjunct Professor)