From our New Orleans office, Rodger focuses on Third Party Insurance Coverage – General Liability, Marine Insurance Coverage, Marine Finance & Vessel Documentation, Property Insurance Coverage, Bad Faith Claims Litigation, Litigation, Admiralty & Maritime, Corporate & Commercial Law, International & Cross-Border Law.

Rodger Wheaton was born in Durham, North Carolina, on August 24, 1950. His educational background includes: Phillips Academy (Andover), 1968; an undergraduate degree from Stanford University, 1972; a Masters in Business Administration from Columbia University, 1977; and a Juris Doctorate in Law from Vanderbilt University, 1977. While at Vanderbilt, he was on the Moot Court Board and the Board of Editors of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law. He has a working knowledge of Spanish, having spent a year in high school in Barcelona, Spain, and a year at Stanford in Mexico City. Mr. Wheaton is a member of the New Orleans, Louisiana State, New York State, American, and International Bar Associations; Maritime Law Association of the United States; and the Defense Research Institute. Mr. Wheaton is admitted to practice law in Louisiana and New York as well as the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Wheaton practices law in the areas of maritime, business and commercial law, international transactions and litigation. Mr. Wheaton is the liaison between the firm and the international law organization, Lawyers Associated Worldwide (LAW), a network of law firms around the world.




  • Drafting commercial agreements, including vessel charters, distributor agreements, shipyard construction contracts.
  • Asset sale of towing company approximately $35 million
  • Corporate reorganization engine distributor annual sales $35 million.
  • Buy out of membership interest inclusive of towing company $11 million.
  • Purchase of foreign flag DP2 vessel for refitting and flag inMexico$26 million.
  • Buy out of one-half interest in Panamanian vessel reflagged inMexico.
  • Multiple purchases ofU.S.flagged vessels for export and reflagging inMexico.
  • Draft and review of Master Service Agreements for allocation of risks and indemnities.




  • Commercial litigation.
  • Defense of trustee in litigation by beneficiaries over control, administration of closely held entity.
  • Defense of reality show producers for claims of assault and battery by contestant.
  • Defense of cargo interest for claims of death and personal injury arising out of mid-Atlantic explosion of vessel.
  • Prosecution of claims against U.S. Government for improper marking of wrecks.
  • Defense of claims by U.S. Trustee in bankruptcy.
  • Defense of owner in with sinking of vessels, loss of life and denial of insurance coverage.
  • Defense and prosecution of claims for maritime insurance coverage.
  • Defense and prosecution of insurance agent for errors and omissions.
  • Investigation of insurance claims, marine and general liability.
  • Defense of wrongful death claim alleged to have been caused by mold exposure.
  • Defense and prosecution of property damage claims.
  • Defense of maritime personal injury claims.
  • Defense and prosecution of engine claims.
  • Defense of yacht manufacturer in fire related insurance coverage claims. ($20 million)
  • Defense and prosecution of vessel seizures.
  • Prosecution of oil well and public works liens.
  • Defense of small boat operator striking swimmer.