How Can I Help You Move Forward?

With more than four decades of experience, I have represented maritime businesses navigating the booms and busts of the Gulf of Mexico’s oil-and-gas-based economy. My clientele has oilfield and maritime interests throughout the Americas. Together we find ways to get the deals done.  


From Lugenbuhl’s New Orleans office, Rodger Wheaton focuses on maritime and oil field transactions and litigation related to businesses active in the Gulf of Mexico, which includes insurance coverage, marine finance and vessel documentation, litigation, corporate and commercial law and international transactions. Rodger’s international practice is facilitated by his working knowledge of Spanish, having spent a year studying in Barcelona, Spain and a year studying in Mexico City. 

Outside the Office

In his spare time, you can often find Rodger riding his bike long distances around New Orleans or playing league tennis at City Park. 


  • Vanderbilt University School of Law, J.D., 1977
  • Columbia University, MBA, 1977
  • Stanford University, B.A., 1972


Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana
  • New York

Court Admissions

  • All Louisiana State Courts
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Louisiana State Bar Association 
  • New York State Bar Association 
  • American Bar Association 
  • New Orleans Bar Association 
  • Inter American Bar Association 
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States 

  • Best Lawyers (2018-2023) 
  • Super Lawyers (2012-2024) 
  • Martindale Hubbell: AV Preeminent Rating 

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