- New Orleans
Will Baldwin is co-leader of the firm’s Maritime Industry Team, where he focuses on maritime transactions and litigation.
Will regularly advises and represents clients on a wide range maritime law topics, including marine finance, ship mortgages, 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 and coastwise 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.
- Louisiana Super Lawyers, "Rising Star," Transportation/Maritime (listed annually since 2016)
- The Legal 500 United States, Transport: Shipping – Finance (listed annually since 2018)
- Maritime counsel for a publicly traded OSV owner and operator in a $1.25 billion merger that will create the largest fleet in the offshore support vessel industry
- Counsel for a borrower in connection with a $1.024 billion exit financing secured by ship mortgages on seven Liberian-flagged drill ships
- Counsel for lenders in connection with a $350 million credit facility secured by ship mortgages on US flagged vessels
- Served as counsel for a borrower in connection with a $350 million indenture secured by ship mortgages on offshore supply vessels flagged in the United States, Vanuatu, Mexico, and Isle of Man
- Served as special maritime counsel in connection with a $100 million indenture secured by a ship mortgage on a gaming vessel
- Served as counsel for a lender in connection with the $12 million financing of a new build US-flagged vessel
- Served as counsel for a lender in connection with a $12 million refinancing secured by ship mortgages on two US flagged vessels
- Counsel for the seller of a US-flagged vessel for $24.75 million
- Counsel for the seller of two US-flagged vessels for $3.5 million
- Acted as trial and appellate counsel for a vessel owner in a 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 the vessel owner against the fuel supplier for the supplier’s maritime lien claim. The trial court judgment was affirmed by the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. 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 a vessel owner before the USCG and NTSB in a collision in inland waters.
- Represent clients in numerous actions involving the enforcement of ship mortgages, purchase of vessel on credit bid at a US Marshal's sale, and the sale to a third party. State Bank & Trust Co. v. C&G Liftboats, LLC , __ F.3d __, 2018 WL 4998233 (5th Cir. Oct. 16, 2018).
- Represent maritime lien claimants in vessel seizure actions, sale of seized vessels, and enforcement of lien claims. Gulf Marine Fabricators LP v. ATP INNOVATOR, 2018 WL 2427162 (S.D. Tex. May 30, 2018); Essex Crane Rental Corp. v. DB CROSSMAR 14 , 2016 WL 5869790 (E.D. La. Oct. 6, 2016).
- Served as 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.
- Acted as trial counsel for a fleeting company in a vessel allision case; obtained dismissal of the fleeting company following the close of the plaintiff vessel owner's case at trial.
- Served as 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. 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.
- "Circuit Split on Punitive Damages Begs the Question of When the Supreme Court Will Rule on the Issue," Jones Walker LLP Admiralty & Maritime Newsletter, June 21, 2018
- "Eleventh Circuit Affirms District Court’s Denial of Maritime Lien Claim to Physical Supplier in First OW Bunker Case Decided by Court of Appeals in United States," Jones Walker LLP Admiralty & Maritime Newsletter, December 2017
- "SOLAS VGM Regulations for Containers Set to Go into Effect July 1," Jones Walker LLP Maritime Client Alert, June 2016
- "Breach of Warranty and Misrepresentation — USA," Tulane Law Review, June 1, 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, January 1, 2007
- "Enforcing the Vessel’s Obligations," Admiralty Law Institute of Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, March 12, 2020
- "Investment Opportunities Across the Capital Structure," Houston Offshore Finance Forum, May 8, 2019
- "Maritime Liens and Bankruptcy," Lex Mundi Webinar, Key U.S. Maritime Law Issues Affecting International Companies, October 30, 2018
- "Jones Act Citizenship Issues in Recent Marine Restructurings," CMA Shipping, 2018
- "Stranded: Protecting Cargo Interests in the Face of Default or Bankruptcy by Charterers and Owners," Connecticut Maritime Association’s Shipping 2017, Samford, Connecticut, 2017
- "OW Bunker Fallout in the United States," CMA Shipping, 2016
- 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
- Tulane University Law School
JD, summa cum laude, 2008
Notes and Comments Editor, Tulane Law Review; Order of the Coif; Phi Delta Phi
- McIntire School of Commerce, University of Virginia
BS, Commerce, with a concentration in Finance, 2005
- US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
- US District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
- US District Court for the Western District of Louisiana