My primary practice areas include maritime law, appeals, construction law, and insurance defense. I have also been actively involved in property rights disputes, corporate formations and dissolutions, and plaintiff-based personal injury claims.
I am admitted to practice in all courts in the State of Louisiana, the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.
My prior successes include, but are not limited to, reversing a damage award of $140,000 on appeal to the Louisiana Fifth Circuit, obtaining a $75,000 additur on appeal for a personal injury plaintiff, the dismissal by the Louisiana Supreme Court of case filed in an inconvenient forum, the reduction by the U.S. Fifth Circuit of general damages awarded to a maritime personal injury plaintiff, and the determination by the Middle District of Louisiana that a dredge pontoon constituted a vessel for purposes of the Limitation of Liability Act. I have also participated in an arbitration resulting in a favorable determination that the Collision and Towers Liability provision of a Hull policy did not provide coverage for a sunken barge tied up to the insured tug. In addition, I have engaged in successful settlement negotiations in advance of trial.
|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||2015||07/18/2019|
|LA||Eligible to practice law||2010||11/02/2019|
|Attorney||Staines & Eppling, APLC||2010 - Present|
|Attorney||Donovan & Lawler||2009 - 2010|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Mariners Club, Port of New Orleans||Member||2010 - Present|
|Federal Bar Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|Louisiana State Bar Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|New Orleans Bar Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|Loyola Maritime Law Journal||The Wreck Act: A Vast Sea of Jurisprudence and Statutory Language||2009|
|Loyola University New Orleans College of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2009|
|Louisiana State University||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2005|
|Bayou Fleet v. Clulee||Clients obtained right of way, defeated damage claim.|
|Delahoussaye v. Performance Energy Services||Clients reduced Plaintiff's award by nearly 60% on appeal.|
|Ezzell v. Miranne||Client obtained additional $75,000 on appeal.|
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