David’s maritime law practice focuses on risk management in the marine service market. David negotiates and litigates contracts for both vessel owners and charterers. He also teaches Towage & Offshore Services at Tulane Law School.
David is a New Orleans-based maritime attorney whose law practice is focused upon risk management in the towing and energy-service markets. Since 1990, David has represented vessel interests, their insurers, and oilfield-service companies who work both onshore and offshore. David helps his clients understand and manage their risks in the oilfield and alternative-energy markets in the Gulf of Mexico and beyond.
David’s work includes negotiating, interpreting, and litigating master service and rental contracts, vessel charterparties, and related insurance policies. David is widely published, and he has lectured about maritime risk management in the US, UK, Norway, Singapore, and India. David is an editor of Cases & Materials on Admiralty (6th ed. 2017), a leading law-school casebook on admiralty and maritime law. David is also an adjunct professor at Tulane Law School, where since 1996 he has taught an upper-level class currently called “Towage & Offshore Services.”
David holds a degree in electrical-engineering (BSEE 1985) from Tulane University. Before getting his law degree from George Washington University Law School (JD 1990, with honors), he worked for several years as a radio-systems engineer for Motorola in Houston.
David is a shareholder in the law firm Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard, which has offices in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Houston. David and his wife, Eleanor, have three children.
Chenevert v. Travelers Indemnity Co., 746 F.3d 581 (5th Cir. 2014) (workers’ compensation carrier can assert a subrogation lien against tort recovery by injured maritime worker who received compensation under the LHWCA before asserting he was a seaman under the Jones Act)
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