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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Grady Hurley has practiced primarily in the areas of maritime, oilfield, and energy litigation since 1979. His varied experience has included cargo, collision, allision, product liability, toxic tort, insurance, indemnity, death, personal injury, property damage, lease cancellation, right-of-way disputes, explosions, and multi-party complex and commercial litigation in state and federal courts. In his maritime practice, Mr. Hurley has engaged in both brown water, offshore, and blue water litigation, including briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court on Suits in Admiralty Act cases, indemnity, and amicus briefs to the Louisiana Supreme Court. Mr. Hurley is also a certified mediator focused on maritime, offshore industry, and energy disputes.

Mr. Hurley's oilfield practice has included the representation of pipeline companies, offshore platform operators, crewboats, drilling companies, exploration and production companies, seismic operators, catering companies, and other oilfield service concerns in transactional matters, torts, and commercial disputes. He has drafted complex maritime and energy service agreements involving vessels, pipelines, rigs, and platforms, 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.

Mr. Hurley has lectured extensively on risk management, discovery, ethics, indemnities, and admiralty and energy law, while remaining active in local and national bar associations. He has been recognized in various national and local 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. He previously served as the chairman of the Maritime Law Association (MLA) Offshore Industries Committee and is presently secretary of the MLA. Additionally, he participates in various civic organizations and is a past president of the Tulane Alumni Association; he currently serves on the advisory council of Tulane's Admiralty Law Institute and the Tulane Maritime Law Journal, as well as a Vice Chair of the American Bar Association Admiralty & Maritime Law Committee.


  • 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