Representative Cases

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Transactions and Counseling


· Advising owner of multimillion dollar superyacht about the contracts for its refitting

· Outside General Counsel for a group of barge, towing, fleeting and warehousing companies

· Co-Counsel to a maritime pension trust (since 1995)

· Represented a major barge line in the multimillion dollar sale of its liquid division

· Represented inland river transportation companies in acquiring various barge fleeting businesses

· Drafted maritime lien and other standard terms and conditions for various barge companies

· Drafted storage, transloading, operating and rail agreements for warehouses and terminals

· Represented a major barge line in redocumenting its newly acquired fleet of thousands of barges

· In separate matters, counsel to borrowers and lenders, respectively, in maritime financing deals

· Represented riverfront homeowners whose properties were threatened by a proposed marine terminal

· Represented port authority in railroad negotiations and on various marine issues

· Represented agribusiness companies regarding the production, transportation and sale of their products

· Represented marine and agribusiness companies in acquiring, leasing and retitling their real property



· SCF Waxler Marine LLC v, M/V ARIS T, et al., 2022 WL 202311 (5th Cir. 1/24/22) (Represented prevailing party SCF in complex marine casualty case)

· Terral River Service and Navigators Insurance Company v. SCF Marine Inc. and Vessel Holdings 7, LLC, 20 F. 4th 1015 (5th Cir. 2021) (Represented prevailing parties in defeating $700,000 cargo loss claim; summary judgment affirmed on appeal; also successfully excluded expert testimony by plaintiffs’ surveyor and metallurgist)

· Supreme Rice, LLC v. Turn Services, LLC, 2021 WL 2592896 (U.S.D.C. E.D. LA 6/24/2021) (Obtained summary judgment for third-party defendant SCF Marine Inc. on cargo contamination claims exceeding $1 million)

· In re American Milling Company, 409 F. 3d 1005 (8th Cir. 2005) (Represented successful limitation of liability petitioner, thereby minimizing its exposure in a multi-million dollar marine casualty case)

· United States v. Mallinckrodt and Shell, et al., various cases numbers (E.D. MO) (Obtained favorable settlement for owner of polluted Great Lakes Container site in CERCLA litigation; separately convinced his insurer to help fund the defense based upon coverage analysis I prepared from decades-old policy correspondence, since policies were missing and had been discarded years earlier)

· Falco Lime, Inc. v. Tide Towing Co., 29 F. 3d 362 (8th Cir. 1994) (Obtained judgment as a matter of law at trial, on a contract defense, for a towing company that had grounded barges in the Memphis harbor)

· Eagle Marine v. 43,000 tons of Wood Chips, Case No. 2:98-CV01910 (E.D. LA 1998) (When insolvent shipper failed to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in barge freight, we enforced a maritime lien for the barge carrier against more than 43,000 tons of wood chips, located on a pad in New Orleans and in barges. Enforcement of the lien caused the shipper’s customer to pay our client for the barge freight in order to release the lien against the chips)