Areas of Practice
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., 1953, Order of the Coif; Omicron Delta Kappa; Board of Editors, Tulane Law Review, 1952–1953
  • Tulane University, College of Commerce and Business Administration (now the A. B. Freeman School of Business), B.B.A., 1951; Delta Sigma Pi
Bar Admissions
  • Louisiana, 1953
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1967
  • 5th Cir., 1955
  • 7th Cir., 1976
  • 11th Cir., 1981
  • E.D. La., 1953
  • M.D. La., 1953
  • W.D. La., 1989
Robert Acomb, Jr.
201 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70170-5100
504.582.8112 tel
504.582.8010 fax

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Bob Acomb handles maritime and litigation matters as well as attorney malpractice litigation. Mr. Acomb is a decorated Knight Grand Cross Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and was named Lieutenant of the Southeastern Lieutenancy by His Eminence Cardinal Carlo Furno, Grand Master. He was named Knight of St. Gregory the Great by Pope John Paul II; elected Distinguished Maritime Lawyer for 1996 by the New Orleans Bar Association; and was awarded Order of St. Louis by the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Mr. Acomb also received the 2002 New Orleans Bar Association Presidents' Award and the 2002 Louisiana Bar Foundation Award.


  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019 (Copyright 2018 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC) in the areas of Admiralty and Maritime Law, Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, and Railroad Law (listed annually since 1983)
  • Listed in the 2018 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers in the area of Transportation/Maritime (listed annually since 2007)
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, 2009
  • Boisfontaine Trial Advocacy Award (Louisiana State Bar Association, 1992)
  • Recognized as a 2013 Top Lawyer by New Orleans Magazine
  • Selected as one of the top 50 attorneys in New Orleans by New Orleans CityBusiness (2005)
  • Who's Who in America (Marquis Who's Who, 1980 to date)
  • Who's Who in American Education (Marquis Who's Who, 1985 to date)
  • Who's Who in American Law (Marquis Who's Who, 1985 to date)
  • Who's Who in the World (Marquis Who's Who, 1990 to date)





  • "Admiralty and Maritime Law"
    Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts, 3rd ed., Chapter 77, Section of Litigation, American Bar Association, January 2012
  • Case Book Admiralty: Personal Injury and Death
    Tulane Press, 4th ed., 2007
  • "Transportation Contracts, Charter Parties, Towing Contracts, and Affreightment Contracts"
  • Moore’s Federal Practice
    Vol. 29, 3rd ed., Chapter 707, 1999
  • "Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts"
    Admiralty and Maritime Law, West Group, Vol. 4, Chapter 67, 1998
  • Case Book: Collision and Limitation of Liability


  • American Bar Association (Chairman, Standing Committee on Admiralty and Maritime Law, 1979–1983; Chairman, Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee, 1982; Chairman, Section of Tort Trial and Insurance Practice, 1982)
  • American Bar Foundation (Fellow)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers (Fellow; State Chairman, 1978–1980)
  • Archbishop's Community Appeal (Chairman, 1992)
  • Association of Average Adjusters of the United States (Chairman, 1992–1993)
  • Attorneys Liability Assurance Society Ltd., Hamilton Bermuda (Board of Directors; Chairman, Underwriting Committee; Member, Claims Committee, 1979–2001)
  • Benedict's Maritime Bulletin (Editorial Board, 2003 to date)
  • Bethlehem University Foundation (Member, Board of Directors, 2003 to date)
  • Christian Brothers Foundation, Inc. (President, Board of Directors, 1976–1978; Director, 1975 to date)
  • Christian Brother Retirement Trust (Chairman, Board of Trustees, 1988 to date)
  • Federal and American Bar Associations (Member)
  • Fifth Circuit Lawyers Advisory Committee (Member, 1984–1986)
  • Louisiana State Bar Association (Member, Committee of Bar Admissions, 1962–1978)
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States (Proctor Member and Member, Executive Committee, 1981–1984)
  • Military Order of Foreign Wars (Comdr. Louisiana Commandery, 2005–2007)
  • Navy League of the United States (State President, 1992–1995)
  • Navy League of the United States, New Orleans Council (President, 1987–1989; State President, 1990–1994; Board of Directors, 1987 to date)
  • Tulane Admiralty Law Institute (Permanent Member, 1965 to date; Chairman, 1991; Advisory Board)
  • Tulane Educational Fund (Member, Board of Administrators, 1996–2000) 
  • Tulane Maritime Law Center (Chairman; Advisory Board;  1987 to date)
  • Tulane Maritime Law Journal (Chairman; Advisory Editors; 1972 to date)
  • Tulane University (Adjunct Professor of Law, Maritime Personal Injury & Death,1969 to date)
  • Tulane University Alumni Association (President, 1989–1990)
  • Tulane University Associates Board (President, 1990–1992)
  • Tulane University Emeritus Clus (Chairman, 2006–2007)