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Maritime Personal Injury in Louisiana

Maritime personal injury laws are constantly evolving – have your practices evolved with them? When your maritime personal injury case begins to resemble a ship taking on water, you need to know how to work the pumps. Admiralty is a unique area of law with many special rules and procedures. These reference materials will navigate the non-maritime practitioner and others involved in maritime personal injury claims in recognizing issues that are important to your case. Learn the ins and outs of claims, recent developments in case law, and e-discovery rules . You will gain useful information regarding claims brought by crewmembers, longshore workers and passengers. You won’t want to miss the insightful information on ethical considerations in maritime cases. Benefits for You •Get strategies for handling unrepresented seaman, punitive damages, and mass casualties •Learn how to address the concerns for the victims and their families and the help that can be afforded to them immediately •Avoid spoliation of evidence – get tips on analyzing initial evidence and expert retention to pinpoint liabilities •Review the legal process and procedures – The Limitation of Liability Act v. the Savings to Suitors Clause •Effectively work with the USCG, Federal, and State regulatory agencies to address the extent of incident resulting in environmental pollution, loss of life, personal injury, and property damage and to immediately set a plan in place to prevent future •Discuss developments in e-discovery •Find out when punitive damages are allowable
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Recent Developments in Indemnity, Deepwater Horizon and Choice of Law
— L. Etienne Balart and Michael A. Golemi
Unrepresented Seaman
— Norman E. Anseman III and Kristi A. Post
  • A Seaman Is the Ward of the Court
  • Unrepresented Seaman's Claim Can Be Settled and How That Settlement Could Be Broken
  • Representing Seaman With Executed Release
  • Balancing Dispute Resolution With Seaman's Rights
  • Examining the Release
  • Burden of Proof
Maintenance and Cure and Punitive Damages
— William Pitard Wynne and Neil F. Nazareth
  • The General Maritime Law of Punitive Damages Before Baker and Townsend
  • Exxon Shipping Co. v. Baker
  • Atlantic Sounding Co., Inc., et al. v. Townsend
  • Constitutional and Jurisprudential Limits on Punitive Damages
  • Perspectives on the Future of Punitive Damages Under the General Maritime Law and Punitive Damages Litigation Issues
Professionalism in Maritime Mediation:  Lessons Learned From Deepwater Horizon
— Daniel J. Balhoff
  • The Importance of Honesty With Your Client: Fairly Evaluating Your Chances
  • The Importance of Honesty With the Mediator: Preserving Your Credibility
  • The Importance of Honesty With Your Opponent: Candor and Fair Dealing
7 Years Since the E-Discovery Rules Amendments: Is This Relationship Working?
— Megan E. Donohue, Andrew R. Lee and Douglas I.D. McLean
  • Recent Developments in E-Discovery
  • Using E-Discovery Vendors for the Most Efficient and Professional Results
  • How Has TransCanada Addressed E-Discovery Obligations
Ethical Ways to Respond to Mass Casualty
— Norman E. Anseman III, Angel Flood and James Parkerson Roy
  • Employee Safety
  • Medical Care, Investigation, Salvage, Clean-Up, etc.
  • Reporting/Coordinating with Federal and/or State Agencies
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Norman Anseman – Moderator

Jones Walker LLP

Norman E. Anseman III

  • Partner with Jones Walker L.L.P.
  • Extensive practice and trial experience in both Louisiana state and federal courts
  • Advises clients on energy and offshore contract matters, including master service agreements for oilfield contractors
  • Counsel in several mass marine casualty claims for a drilling companies, pipeline companies and off-shore service contractors
  • Routinely represents clients in the offshore industry, such as offshore corporate entities, offshore catering companies, and offshore drilling companies
  • Served as trial counsel in cases involving maritime issues, contractual disputes, and various tort and personal injury claims
  • Wrote several appellate briefs, argued before appellate courts, and has written a successful certiorari denial brief before the United States Supreme Court

L. Etienne Balart

Jones Walker LLP

  • Partner with the Jones Walker L.L.P. and member of the admiralty and maritime, construction, and business and commercial litigation practice groups
  • Achieved the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • Advises a variety of clients in the maritime and energy sectors from both a transactional and litigation perspective
  • Concentrates in the areas of commercial disputes, insurance coverage issues, vessel seizures, maritime personal injuries, multi- and single-claim limitation of liability actions, third party state and Outer Continental Shelf platform claims, vessel collisions and allisions, indemnity disputes and applications of anti-indemnity statutes, and cargo claims
  • Drafts and reviews contracts in the maritime and energy sectors, primarily master service contracts, drilling contracts, vessel charter parties, towage contracts, and vessel construction contracts
  • Advises clients within the maritime and energy sectors of regulatory compliance issues, vessel documentation, and certification issues and related matters. 
  • J.D. degree, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University, B.A. degree, University of New Orleans
  • Can be contacted at 504-582-8584 or [email protected]

Daniel J. Balhoff

Perry, Atkinson, Balhoff, Mengis, Burns, L.L.C.

  • Attorney with Perry, Atkinson, Balhoff, Mengis, Burns, L.L.C.
  • More than 20 years of practice in federal and state trial and appellate litigation, including complex litigation, mass torts, and class actions
  • Appointed to serve as Multidistrict Litigation Special Master; appointed as Special Master by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Louisiana; Louisiana’s 18th, 19th, 21st, and 23rd Judicial District Courts; and the Civil District Court in New Orleans
  • Served as arbitrator and mediator (including as court-appointed mediator in three Multidistrict Litigation cases) in both federal and state cases
  • Served as attorney chair in well over 100 medical malpractice cases
  • J.D. degree and chemical engineering degree, LSU
  • Can be contacted at 225-767-8988 or [email protected]

Megan E. Donohue

Jones Walker LLP

  • Attorney in the Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Group of Jones Walker L.L.P.
  • Focuses in the areas of business and commercial litigation cases as well as environmental/legacy litigation
  • Represents clients in the insurance, oil, and telecommunications industries
  • Involved in many aspects of litigation, including traditional discovery and complex e-discovery, drafting substantive pleadings, taking and defending depositions, oral argument, and trial
  • J.D. degree, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University; B.S. degree in Accounting, cum laude, Louisiana State University

Angel Flood

US Coast Guard

  • Member of the U.S. Coast Guard and assigned to the district staff in New Orleans as an investigations specialist
  • Supports field investigators in managing violation investigations that are adjudicated by a hearing officer and managing personnel action investigations being prosecuted before an administrative law judge
  • Investigates marine casualties and specialized in suspension and revocation hearings
  • Enlisted in the Coast Guard in 1994 in Pennsylvania and focused in public affairs and was selected for assignment on a four person team of media specialists who managed the joint-information management of high-level maritime events
  • Coast Guard investigator that flew out and rode the Damon Bankston back, while talking and taking statements from all of the DWH survivors
  • Responses included the Egypt Airline crash, the Wild Turkey bourbon distillery fire and 9-11
  • Conducted investigations while assigned in Baltimore, with a follow on field investigations tour in Morgan City

Michael A Golemi

Liskow & Lewis

  • Shareholder with Liskow & Lewis
  • Practice focuses on maritime, casualty, toxic tort, insurance coverage, and products liability law and litigation, and labor and employment law-related matters
  • In addition to litigation practice, assists clients with review and drafting of offshore contracts, focusing on indemnity and insurance issues; also, advises clients on day-to-day employment law issues arising in the operation of their business
  • Experienced with appellate matters and alternative dispute resolution
  • J.D. degree, Louisiana State University, B.A. degree, University of Virginia
  • Can be contacted at 713-651-2900 or [email protected]

Andrew R. Lee

Jones Walker LLP

  • Partner with Jones Walker L.L.P.
  • Focuses in the areas of business and commercial disputes, corporate compliance and corporate and securities litigation, and fiduciary and officer liability litigation
  • Represents private equity and other financial investors and their portfolio companies
  • Recently represented public companies involved in disputes with former officers and directors; both sides of trade secrets theft actions; manufacturing companies in collection actions against SPEs; individual investors in shareholder derivative and fiduciary breach claims; corporations in computer software performance arbitrations; municipalities and land-owners in land-use and constitutional takings actions; and clients in numerous other commercial disputes
  • Advises clients regarding records retention policies and issues, including electronic discovery.
  • Speaks frequently at CLE events on subjects ranging from professionalism to legal technology to trial and appellate practice
  • J.D. degree, Washington and Lee University School of Law; B.A. degree, cum laude, Tulane University

Douglas I. D. McLean

TransCanada PipeLines Limited

  • Associate General Counsel and Director – Litigation, Arbitration & ADR of TransCanada PipeLines Limited, a company which is leader in the responsible development and reliable operation of North American energy infrastructure – natural gas and oil pipelines, natural gas storage and power generation
  • Focuses on litigation, dispute resolution and insolvency matters in Canada and the United States
  • More than 25 years of experience of in-house legal positions within the TransCanada organization including general counsel and corporate secretary of TransCanada’s gas marketing business, as well as a non-legal management position, executive director, CrossAlta Gas Storage & Services Ltd.
  • Admitted to the Law Society of Alberta and a member of Canadian Bar Association and Canadian Corporate Counsel Association
  • Presenter on the topic of eDiscovery at a number of professional conferences

Neil F. Nazareth

Martzell & Bickford

  • Attorney with Martzell & Bickford, A.P.C.
  • Focuses on significant injury and death claims, environmental and toxic exposure cases, maritime personal injury, complex commercial and business litigation
  • Extensive practice in significant maritime and land-based asbestos, silica and benzene exposure cases
  • Member of the executive board and vice president of the Academy of New Orleans Trial Lawyers
  • 2013 Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • J.D. degree, Loyola University New Orleans; B.S. degree in finance, Louisiana State University
  • Can be contacted at 504-581-9065 or [email protected]

James Parkerson Roy

Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards

  • Partner with Domengeaux, Wright, Roy & Edwards, L.L.C.
  • Focuses in the areas of maritime personal injury, serious injury, wrongful death, complex litigation, class actions and business litigation
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America in the fields of maritime law, personal injury litigation and class actions
  • Inducted as a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Achieved the highest rating from Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • J.D. degree, Louisiana State University Law School; LL.M. degree, Georgetown University Law School

Kristi A. Post

Scheuermann & Jones

  • Attorney with Scheuermann & Jones, LLC
  • Adjunct professor of law, Tulane Law School Trial Advocacy Program
  • More than 25 years experience focusing on maritime personal injury and wrongful death in state and federal courts
  • J.D. degree and LL.M. degree in Admiralty, Tulane Law School
  • Can be contacted at 504-525-4361 or [email protected]

William Pitard Wynne

Jones Walker LLP

  • Partner in the Admiralty & Maritime Practice Group of Jones Walker L.L.P.
  • Extensive practice in admiralty and maritime litigation as well as insurance coverage, tort and commercial litigation
  • Handles mass tort, class action, and environmental claims
  • Member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • J.D. degree, summa cum laude, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law; B.A. degree, Louisiana State University
  • Can be contacted at 504-582-8750 or [email protected]
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