David Lawton practices in the area of admiralty and tort. He has extensive trial and... more
David Lawton practices in the area of admiralty and tort. He has extensive trial and appellate experience in various aspects of maritime law, including personal injury/death, maritime pollution, contract disputes, offshore rigs and vessels, and major casualties. Prior to joining Phelps Dunbar, he was with the Terriberry, Carroll, & Yancey, L.L.P. law firm in New Orleans.
I am a lawyer based in New Orleans, Louisiana. My practice focuses on marine and... more
I am a lawyer based in New Orleans, Louisiana. My practice focuses on marine and energy cases involving property damage, personal injury, cargo, pollution, contract disputes, and regulatory issues. My practice includes post-casualty investigations, and representing my clients' interests during the resulting government investigation and/or litigation, trial, and any subsequent appeal.
Admiralty law concerns the navigation and shipping rules and procedures for commercial and recreational boating. If you are on a boat or own a boat that crashes into another boat, or a dock, pier or wharf, admiralty law (also called maritime law) applies. If someone is injured in the crash, if cargo is damaged, or if the boat sinks and causes a gas spill, admiralty law assigns responsibility and determines who has to pay. Admiralty laws are complex and can be confusing. If you or your business engage in water-based activities, an admiralty or maritime lawyer can be very helpful.