Areas of Practice
Practice-Specific Experience
  • American Arbitration Association Panel Member, 2017
  • Certified Mediator, The Mediation Institute, 2016
  • Tulane University Law School, LL.M., 1981
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., 1979; Representative, University Senate; Vice Justice, Phi Alpha Delta
  • Tulane University, B.A., 1976; President, Associated Student Body; Omicron Delta Kappa; Kappa Delta Phi; Phi Alpha Theta
Bar Admissions
  • Louisiana, 1979
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1986
  • 5th Cir., 1980
  • 11th Cir., 1980
  • E.D. La., 1979
  • M.D. La., 1980
  • W.D. La., 1980
Grady Hurley
201 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70170-5100
504.582.8224 tel
504.589.8224 fax

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Energy Practice

Grady Hurley has practiced primarily in the areas of oilfield, energy and maritime litigation since 1979. His varied energy experience has included OCS issues, product liability, toxic tort, insurance, indemnity, death, personal injury, property damage, lease cancellation, right-of-way disputes, explosions, wetland issues, legacy issues, and multi-party complex and commercial litigation in state and federal courts. In his energy practice, Mr. Hurley has engaged in both offshore and onshore litigation.

Mr. Hurley's oilfield practice has included the representation of pipeline companies, offshore platform operators, vessel operations, drilling companies, exploration and production companies, seismic operators, and oilfield service companies. He has drafted Master Service Agreements, Drilling Contracts, Charter Parties and was actively involved in the initial litigation defining the Louisiana Oilfield Indemnity Act. Mr. Hurley has represented oil companies in fishery laws and lobbying, including oyster restoration cases, wherein amicus briefs were provided to the Louisiana Supreme Court, which changed the law on remedies available to oyster fishermen. He served as Chairman of the Offshore Industries Committee for the Maritime Law Association.

Representative clients in the pipeline industry have included Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, Southern Natural Gas Company, El Paso Energy, Texas Gas Transmission Company, TransCanada, Quanta Services, and ANR. Typical matters have included right of way litigation and drafting, explosions and damages, trespass and wetlands, toxic exposure, oyster reefs, expropriation, salt dome collapse, commercial disputes, transport and sale of liquid natural gas from pipeline to ship, gas gathering and metering disputes, review of  NGA and jurisdictional issues. Offshore companies have included Sun Exploration, Gulf Oil, Texaco, Encana, Bayou Bend Petroleum, Devon Energy, Enterprise, Conoco, Ascent Energy, Rowan Companies, Noble Drilling, Hornbeck Offshore, Acteon, Tetra Technologies, Sodexo Remote Sites, Fugro, Tesla Offshore, Anadarko, and others.  Offshore experience includes transactions, commercial litigation, and BSEE regulatory advices.

Since 1980, Mr. Hurley has represented interests with an extensive pipeline systems in Louisiana. During that time, Mr. Hurley handled several explosions, including offshore pipeline explosions involving rupture and fire causing property damage, indemnity demands, and personal injury claims. He defended interstate transmission lines struck by a dredge, erupting in flames in Tiger Pass, raising questions of pipeline marking maintenance and regulatory issues, and a natural gas pipeline struck by a tug wheel washing in the wetlands of South Louisiana. Once again, the issues of burial, marking, and operations were at issue in the litigation; a vessel dropped anchor on an offshore transmission line. No explosion occurred, but the economic issues involved abandonment. We represented a pipeline interest's rupture case on the OCS following Hurricane Ike. All cases involved metallurgists, regulatory experts, operation experts and engineers. Other related cases have involved pipeline ruptures from water scouring, oyster dredging and right‑of‑way issues. The right‑of‑way cases involved building on top of or adjacent to pipelines and the Call One and other notice requirements. Facility pipelines cases have also been handled involving migration of natural gas into enclosed spaces where there has been an ignition source. He is currently working on the Jones Walker team defending coastal restoration claims. 

In the energy upstream section, Mr. Hurley has represented exploration companies and services companies in insurance, indemnity, and breach of contract claims. He has tried mineral lease, royalty, and abandonment lawsuits, as well as oilfield toxic tort litigation. 

Mr. Hurley has lectured extensively on risk management, discovery, ethics, and energy law, while remaining active in local and national bar associations. He has been recognized in various national and local energy publications.

Mr. Hurley is Past President of the New Orleans Bar Association and Inn of Court. He has served as a district representative for the Louisiana State Bar Association and was a member of the House of Delegates for the American Bar Association. Additionally, he participates in various civic organizations and is a past president of the Tulane Alumni Association, on the advisory council of Tulane's Admiralty Law Institute, as well as on the board of East Jefferson General Hospital.


  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019 (Copyright 2018 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC) in the areas of Admiralty and Maritime Law, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Construction, and Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (listed annually since 2005)
  • Listed in the 2018 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers in the area of Transportation/Maritime (listed annually since 2007)
  • Recognized as a Top Lawyer by Litigation 2007 and 2012– A Supplement to The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel (Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources Law)
  • Recognized as a "2013 Top Rated Lawyer" in the area of Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources by Corporate Counsel and The American Lawyer Magazines
  • Listed in the 2013 edition of New Orleans's Best Lawyers
  • Recognized as a 2013 Top Lawyer by New Orleans Magazine
  • New Orleans CityBusiness Leadership in Law Award (2006)
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell







  • American Bar Association (Vice-Chair, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee, 2012, 2014, 2015; House Delegate, 2004–2006; Former Chairman, Subcommittee on Wrongful Death and Workman's Compensation, 1990–1992; Member, TIPS, Maritime Law Committee, Subcommittee on Collision Law; 2006 Mid-Year Planning Committee)
  • American Heart Association, Heart Walk Executive Leadership Team 2016
  • Associated Catholic Charities
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit (Member, Delegate to Fifth Circuit Judicial Conference, 2002 and 2005)
  • Camp Challenge/Volunteer
  • East Jefferson General Hospital Board of Directors (Treasurer, 2012-2013; Member, 2011 to 2013)
  • East Jefferson General Hospital Foundation (Executive Committee, Chair Elect; Board of Directors, 2007 to 2015; Executive & Finance Committee, 2009 to 2015)
  • Energy Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Institute for Energy Law (Advisory Council)
  • Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition (Brief Judge, 2014 and 2015)
  • Louisiana Bar Foundation (Fellow, 2001 to present; Member Gala Committee 2008; YLS Representative to the Board; Member, Judicial Liaison Committee, 2005–2006; Fellows Gala Committee, 2008)
  • Louisiana State Bar Association (First Board District; Representative, Young Lawyers Section, 1986–1987; Member, Executive Committee, National Mock Trial Championship, 1991; Assistant Tort Examiner, Committee on Bar Admissions, 1986 to date)
  • Mariners' Club of New Orleans
  • Maritime Law Association (Officer, Membership Secretary, 2016; Member, Board of Directors, 2005–2009; Proctor, Chairman of Offshore Industries Committee, 2004–2008; Member, Committee on Maritime Personnel, 1989 to date; Member, Young Lawyers Committee, 1989–1995; Proctor Member, 2001)
  • New Orleans Bar Association (President, 2002; Vice President, 2000; Treasurer, 1998; Secretary, 1997; Member, Executive Board of Directors, 1994–1999; Chairman, Maritime Law Committee, 1990–1992; Editor, Briefly Speaking, 1993; Member, It's The Law Committee, 1994–2001; Chairman, Bench/Bar Conference, 2005)
  • The New Orleans Bar Association American Inn of Court (President, 2003–2005)
  • New Orleans Bar Foundation (President, 2007–2009; Board of Directors, 2001 to present; Vice President, 2006)
  • The New Orleans Claims Association
  • New Orleans Lympho-Maniac Cancer Fund Inc., Advisory Board
  • Offshore Marine Services Association
  • The Pro Bono Project (Member, Board of Directors, 2001–2002; Volunteer, 2006 to date)
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute
  • Southeast Admiralty Law Institute (Member, Board of Directors/Port Captain, 2003–2006)
  • St. Thomas More Society
  • Tulane Admiralty Law Institute (National Advisory Board, Planning and Program Committee, 2004 to date)
  • Tulane Law School: Member, Dean's Advisory Committee on Law Journals, 2016
  • Tulane Maritime Law Journal Board of Advisory Editors, 2013 to date 
  • Tulane University, Alumni Association (President, 1996), Associated Student Body President (1975)
  • World Trade Center, Plimsoll Club