Mr. Flint is a Shareholder in the New Orleans office with a practice that includes both commercial and civil litigation within the maritime and energy fields. His maritime industry experience includes the representation of drilling and service companies, blue and brown water vessel owners, charterers, and insurers. Particularly related to his maritime practice, Mr. Flint has developed a specialty with DBA cases defending burn pit and PTSD claims. His longevity in the practice area and concern for his clients’ best interests have built strong relationships that repeatedly request his expertise.
In the energy sector, Mr. Flint has been involved in oil field exploration, major offshore casualties, personal injuries, as well as energy insurance, well blowout and control, loss of hole, production delay, and tank explosions. He also has experience in commercial litigation involving Defense Base Act claims, asbestos, breach of contract, products liability, and environmental law.
Born in Santiago, Cuba, Mr. Flint attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire and graduated, with honors, with a B.A. in history in 1978. He received his Juris Doctor from Louisiana State University Law School in 1981, where he served as an Associate Editor for the Louisiana Coastal Law (1981).
Awards and Recognition
- Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business; Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Litigation (outside New York)
- Super Lawyers Transportation/Maritime, 2016-2020
- Best Lawyer in America, Admiralty and Maritime Law and Commercial Litigation
- Top Lawyers of Louisiana, 2015, 2019
- Martindale Hubbell A/V Preeminent Rating
- New Orleans City Business Leadership in Law Award
- A $100 million jack-up drilling rig, the ENSCO 74, was knocked off station in Hurricane Ike. Six months later a Norwegian oil tanker struck the remains of the rig over 100 miles away from her drilling site. Two vessels and five pipelines filed suit. Flint was able to argue in Houston Federal Court that Ensco had made a full good faith search for the missing rig and Ensco was absolved of all liability. In re Ensco 74 went up to the Appellate Court where Flint was affirmed. (2015)
Modie Jordan brought a Jones Act claim in State Court in Mississippi alleging asbestos exposure. Flint won a summary judgment for Rowan Companies dismissing the claim with prejudice.
Flint successfully defended claims by Nexen against Transocean and was able to collect $22million for Transocean in a contractual dispute relating to the conclusion of the drilling contract and demobilization charges.
- In an action brought by Texaco against T.L. James, Inc. for $25 million for environmental cleanup costs from a pipeline oil spill, Flint was able to show the spud barge ALROAR did not strike and cause a 16” pipeline to rupture. The Court found the geometry of the dent did not result from the contact with a spud tip or crane bucket, and that the age of the dent was considerably older than the construction project as calcareous deposits had settled out into the dent. Texaco Trading & Transportation v. T.L. James, C.A. 98-1473 (E.D. La. 2003).
Delton Coutee filed suit in state court in Lafayette against Global Marine Drilling Company for back injuries sustained aboard the drilling rig ADRIATIC II. The suit was tried and Judge Castle returned a defense verdict for Global Marine. The case was appealed and went up to the Louisiana Supreme Court, who affirmed the trial court’s decision.
- In Seth Becker v. Tidewater, Flint successfully defended ERT and R&B Falcon in a suit where a 22 year old engineer was sawn in half above the knees by a Baker Hughes coflex hose attached to the rig and a Tidewater vessel. In the jury trial Flint got ERT dismissed and R&B Falcon was cast in judgment for only 5%. The case was appealed, remanded to district court, where plaintiff elected a bench trial. Becker v. Tidewater, Inc., 405 F. 3d 257 (2005). In a limited second trial, Judge Richard Haik found Tidewater and Baker Hughes at fault. Flint’s client, Falcon was held free from fault.
Speeches & Publications
- Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute Seminar, "Effects of Insolvency on Maritime Transactions and Rights" (2019), Co-presenter - Benjamin Kadden
- Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute Seminar, “Acts of God: From Cathedrals to the Courtroom” (2016)
- Maritime Legislative Developments, Proposed Changes, Congressional Hearings and DOSHA Overview, Arising From the Deepwater Horizon Casualty (Louisiana State Bar Association’s 18th Annual Admiralty Symposium, 2011)
- Ethics: SOP’s for SOB’s Redux – Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, 2010
- History of the Defense Base Act Purpose, Scope and Coverage – Government Contractor International Risk Management Summit 2006
- Navigating the Reaches of East River - Revisiting the Supreme Court’s Products Liability Decision in East River Steamship Corp. v. Transamerica Delaval, Inc. - Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute 2005
- Dealing Professionally with the Unprofessional Adversary (SOP’s for SOB’S) - Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute 2000
- Indemnity and Contribution, Critical Issues for Discussion on the Eve of a New Century 1999 (Louisiana Bar Association)
- The International Lawyer, Admiralty and Maritime Law, Vol. 31 No. 2 1997 - The American Bar Association in Cooperation with the SMU School of Law
- University of San Francisco Maritime Law Journal Volume 8, No. 2. Current Developments in United States Maritime Lien Law - Spring 1996