Areas of Practice
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., 2008, summa cum laude; Notes and Comments Editor, Tulane Law Review; Order of the Coif; Phi Delta Phi
  • McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia, B.S. in Commerce with a concentration in Finance, 2005; Dean's List
Bar Admissions
  • Louisiana, 2008
Court Admissions
  • 5th Cir.
  • 11th Cir.
  • E.D. La.
  • M.D. La.
  • W.D. La.
William Baldwin
201 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70170-5100
504.582.8315 tel
504.589.8315 fax

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Will Baldwin is a partner in the firm's Admiralty & Maritime Practice Group. Mr. Baldwin's practice focuses on maritime transactions and litigation. He regularly advises and represents clients on a wide range maritime law topics, including ship mortgages, marine financing, purchase and sale of marine assets, enforcement of ship mortgages, vessel seizures and attachments, maritime lien disputes, charterparty and master service agreement negotiation and drafting, contractual and indemnity disputes, arbitration, vessel construction and flagging, Jones Act compliance, collisions/allisions, property damage, pollution, piracy, mass tort claims, multi-district litigation, NTSB, USCG and onboard investigations, personal injury, stevedoring accidents, and cargo disputes.

Mr. Baldwin joined the firm in 2008, after receiving his Juris Doctor degree, summa cum laude, from Tulane University Law School. He received his bachelor's degree in 2005 from the McIntire School of Commerce at the University of Virginia.


  • Named a "Rising Star" in the area of Transportation/Maritime in the 2018 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers (listed annually since 2016)
  • Recommended by Legal 500 US in the area of Transport: Shipping - Finance (2018)

Representative Matters

Representative Transactional Matters

  • Counsel for borrower in connection with $350,000,000 indenture secured by ship mortgages on offshore supply vessels flagged in United States, Vanuatu, Mexico, and Isle of Man
  • Special maritime counsel in connection with $100,000,000 indenture secured by ship mortgage on gaming vessel
  • Counsel for lender in connection with $12,000,000 financing of new build US flagged vessel
  • Counsel for lender in connection with $12,000,000 refinancing secured by ship mortgages on two US flagged vessels

Representative Litigation Matters

  • Trial and appellate counsel for vessel owner in vessel arrest proceeding arising out of maritime lien claims related to the financial collapse of the OW Bunker conglomerate; obtained judgment following bench trial in favor of vessel owner against fuel supplier for supplier’s maritime lien claim.  Trial court judgment was affirmed by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.  Barcliff, LLC d/b/a Radcliff/Economy Marine Services v. M/V DEEP BLUE, 876 F.3d 1063 (11th Cir. 2017); Barcliff, LLC d/b/a Radcliff/Economy Marine Services v. M/V DEEP BLUE, 2016 WL 5660934 (S.D. Al. Sept. 28, 2016).
  • Defend vessel owner before USCG and NTSB in collision in inland waters.
  • Represent client in numerous actions involving the enforcement of ship mortgages, purchase of vessel on credit bid at US Marshal's sale, and sale to third party. 
  • Represent maritime lien claimants in vessel seizure actions, sale of seized vessels and enforcement of lien claims.
  • Co-counsel for Weatherford International, Inc. in the Multidistrict Litigation arising out of the Deepwater Horizon blowout, In Re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, on April 20, 2010, MDL No. 2179. Weatherford was dismissed with prejudice on summary judgment at the conclusion of discovery.
  • Trial counsel for fleeting company in vessel allision case; obtained dismissal of fleeting company following close of plaintiff vessel owner's case at trial.
  • Ruiz, et al. v. Waterman Steamship Corporation and Maersk Line Limited – 2011 WL 4089416 (Tex. App. - Houston [1st Dist.] 2011); ATM Reza, et al. Waterman Steamship Corporation and Maersk Line Limited – Case No.:  02-CV-2012-900746-MAY in the Circuit Court of Mobile County, Alabama – counsel for the owner and the bareboat charterer of the M/V MAERSK ALABAMA in defense of civil claims arising out of the hijacking of the M/V MAERSK ALABAMA by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Somalia in April 2009.





  • "Breach of Warranty and Misrepresentation—USA"
    Tulane Law Review, June 2013
  • Comment, "Land versus Sea: Carmack versus COGSA: Why the Carmack Amendment Should Not Apply to Inland Portions of Multimodal Shipments"
    82 Tulane Law Review 731, 2007


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