Admiralty & Maritime

The admiralty & maritime law group at Lugenbuhl provides our clients in the onshore and offshore oilfield-service and alternative-energy sectors with a wide range of services from our offices strategically located in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Houston, Texas.

Lugenbuhl serves the Gulf Coast offshore, inland waterway, and energy industry by assisting clients to organize their companies, negotiate contracts, conduct transactions, handle accidents, and more. 

Business Structure

Lugenbuhl helps our clients organize, structure, or restructure their businesses by creating limited liability companies, partnerships, or corporations to serve their own customers.

Front-End Transactions

Whether our clients are involved in building, buying, selling, or repairing vessels, our firm can assist in managing the front-end transaction documents, such as shipyard construction contracts, preferred ship or fleet mortgages and other loan documents, shipyard repair contracts, vessel purchase and sale agreements, bills of sale, and documentation with the U.S. Coast Guard National Vessel Documentation Center or the appropriate foreign flag-of-convenience ship registries.

Contracts

To help our clients serve their customers in the offshore energy industry, Lugenbuhl assists in the negotiation of a wide variety of maritime service contracts that are tailored to suit the unique needs of the maritime parties and vessels involved.

Dispute Resolution

If contract relationships fray, Lugenbuhl can assist in enforcement of contractual obligations, whether through enforcement of maritime liens or state-law privileges, recording and foreclosing oil-well liens or ship mortgages, prosecuting or defending OCSLA claims, public works act or Miller Act claims, or pursuing other kinds of litigation or alternative dispute resolution.

Accidents

When accidents happen, Lugenbuhl can help our clients interpret and enforce maritime indemnity and insurance agreements contained in charter parties, MSAs, or other contracts. We defend personal injury claims by Jones Act seamen and longshore workers covered by the LHWCA. Our attorneys are qualified in litigation, mediation, arbitration, and appellate advocacy.

Insolvency & Bankruptcy

If maritime insolvency or bankruptcy is involved, our maritime attorneys work closely with our bankruptcy attorneys to navigate the often treacherous and complex interface of maritime law and bankruptcy law.

Key Contacts
Rodger Wheaton

Rodger Wheaton

New Orleans Office
Stanley J. Cohn

Stanley J. Cohn

New Orleans Office
David B. Sharpe

David B. Sharpe

New Orleans Office
Miles C. Thomas

Miles C. Thomas

New Orleans Office

The following list includes more Lugenbuhl attorneys who focus in Admiralty & Maritime: