Jones Walker has assisted clients in resolving a variety of blue water, brown water, and offshore litigation matters for over 75 years. With one of the largest groups of maritime attorneys in the United States, Jones Walker is consistently recognized as a leading law firm in maritime and transportation law by national and international publications.
Recognized in the 2020 edition of Chambers USA (Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Litigation (outside New York) practice) and the 2020 Legal 500 United States guide (Transport: Shipping – Litigation and Regulation practice).
Our Maritime Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team represents clients from every segment of the maritime industry both foreign and domestic. No client matter is too small or too large for our experienced and diverse team.
Drawing from our extensive experience, we work with clients to understand their objectives and to evaluate risks. Members of our maritime emergency & casualty response team are always on call to respond to and investigate any type of incident, including collisions, pollution and other marine casualties, and to assist clients with investigations by regulatory authorities, including potential civil and criminal exposure. We also represent maritime clients in non-maritime corporate and commercial disputes of all types.
Jones Walker represents shipowners, manufacturers, insurers, and other maritime industry clients in all facets of casualty litigation including matters involving collisions, allisions, and groundings. This includes pollution investigations and US Coast Guard proceedings, limitation of liability actions, property damage claims, attachment and seizures, fire, Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act incidents, administrative hearings, Suits in Admiralty Act, pilotage, toxic exposure, labor disputes, OSHA, and the representation of vessel owners, manufacturers, shipyard, and cruise lines facing products liability claims.
When any tort claim arises, a commercial transaction or regulatory dispute is often at issue. Our team not only drafts maritime commercial agreements, but we also regularly work with clients concerning contractual disputes including charter parties, indemnities, insurance, terminal agreements, tariffs, master service agreements, maritime liens, salvage, general average claims, and bills of lading. We also represent clients before various regulatory agencies such as the Federal Maritime Commission, the National Transportation Safety Board, the US Coast Guard, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, and other administrative tribunals.
Complex and multi-jurisdictional litigation and class actions often involve sensitive corporate issues and significant corporate exposures. We argue, advocate, and arbitrate, as well as litigate, before international tribunals, government agencies and in state and federal courts. Our firm is regularly involved in cases of major importance such as Deepwater Horizon and Hijacking of MAERSK ALABAMA.
Our maritime attorneys work collectively with our maritime regulatory and environmental litigation teams on issues resulting from vessel pollution incidents, pipeline spills, discharges, fishery claims, and wetland restoration, Subchapter M and regulatory disputes, OPA 90, and toxic tort exposure. Our experience includes investigating US Coast Guard incidents, Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, OSHA, maritime emergency and casualty response.
Jones Walker's maritime insurance practice includes issues such as broker's and agent's liability, subrogation, fraud, and insurance coverage analysis and resolution including cargo liability, charterer's legal liability, excess liability, freight, demurrage, hull and machinery insurance, pollution liability, protection and indemnity insurance, anti-indemnity disputes, towage, and wharfinger's liability.
We daily advise on matters involving employment-related injuries and death such as personal injury and wrongful death claims, claims of Jones Act seamen, Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, Louisiana Workers' Compensation Act, Jones Act sexual harassment, maintenance and cure, blue and brown water injuries, and offshore platform claims.
Our white collar defense & investigations attorneys have been recognized and honored in their representation of individuals and companies before grand juries and in federal and state courts at both the trial and appellate levels. We are a team of experienced trial attorneys who have conducted hundreds of jury trials and investigations in both government and private practice.
Collision & Marine Casualty
Represented the owner of a crane barge that was being pushed by a third-party tugboat. The third-party tugboat attempted to traverse under a lower span of the Sunshine Bridge in Convent, Louisiana, and, in doing so, became stuck, causing significant damage to the underside of the bridge and resulting in the bridge being shut down for approximately four months. The incident resulted in a class action lawsuit in state court and a Limitation proceeding filed in federal court by the third-party tugboat. In addition, we represented the client in connection with investigations by the US Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board, including representation at an eight-day public hearing.
Complex Litigation and Arbitration
Personal Injuries, Illness, and Death
White Collar Defense and Investigations