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Representative Matters

  • Successfully assisted a steamship agent on the Lower Mississippi River in securing a full and complete recovery of maritime liens against the M/V POMORYE and contract claims against the vessel's owner JSC Murmansk Shipping Company in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
  • Successfully assisted a third party transportation and logistics company in connection with a dispute regarding a shipment of goods from the United States to the Ali Al Salem Air Base in Kuwait.
  • Served as local counsel for an agribusiness commodities broker in connection with an extended vessel seizure on the Lower Mississippi River involving a cargo of soy beans valued in excess of twelve million dollars.
  • Prosecuted contract claims on behalf of a purchaser of bulk unloading equipment in an arbitration proceeding before the ICC International Court of Arbitration.
  • Successfully defended a state of the art transport service provider to large oil companies, convenience store operators and petroleum marketers in a suit involving alleged ADA violations filed by a former dispatcher claiming he suffered from a seizure disorder and was unable to drive 75 miles one way to/from work.
  • Successfully defended a supply chain management company in a suit for contractual indemnity arising out of a transportation contract with a luxury home furnishing retailer.
  • Initiated a subrogation action to recover damages sustained by a construction supply and material company when one of its ready-mix concrete trucks overturned due to an allegedly unreasonably dangerous road condition.
  • Representation of a privately held automobile transportation company in litigation resulting from an accident involving a pickup truck that rolled multiple times after leaving the interstate.
  • Defended a tug boat captain in a Suspension and Revocation Proceeding initiated by the United States Coast Guard for alleged misconduct for which the Coast Guard sought to suspend or revoke the captain's Coast Guard issued credentials.
  • Prosecuted a claim for property damage to a water intake structure resulting from a barge break-away on the lower Mississippi River.
  • Represented a leading contract logistics provider in connection with white glove delivery services.
  • Defended one of the world's largest trucking fleets against claims arising out of a tractor trailer striking a commercial building.
  • Represented a commercial dive contractor against its insurance carrier for insurance coverage and duty to defend against claims arising out of multiple occurrences that resulted in death and significant bodily injury and disability.
  • Defended tugboat owner/operator against claims for property damage and wreck removal expenses associated with a sunken breaker barge being used in connection with offshore drilling operations.
  • Prosecuted claims against a wholly owned subsidiary of a global agribusiness resulting from barge collisions with a deep water dock located on the lower Mississippi River.
  • Defended a domestic company in an international dispute over a long-term cement supply agreement.
  • Represented barge charterer in limitation of liability action and class actions resulting from alleged release/emission of hydrogen sulfide from a tank barge.
  • Represented a chemical company in a suit resulting from an alleged release of EDC from a barge and/or loading dock into the Mississippi River.
  • Served as an expert witness for the defense in a legal malpractice case involving preferred ship mortgages in the 24th Judicial Court for the Parish of Jefferson, State of Louisiana.

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Propeller Club of New Orleans Board of Governors 2019 – 2021 and Past-President 2009 – 2011.
  • Propeller Club of the United States member. In 2011, Brett served on the Executive Committee and was the International Third Vice President and Co-Chair of the International Convention.
  • Transportation Committee of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) member.
  • Association of Transportation Law Professionals member.
  • Transportation Lawyers Association member.
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States member.
  • Federal Bar Association Baton Rouge Chapter member
  • Louisiana Bar Association member.
  • Texas Bar Association member.
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association member.
  • Louisiana Bar Foundation Development Committee member.
  • Washington and Lee University Baton Rouge Alumni Chapter founding member.
  • Wex Malone American Inns of Court former President and Treasurer.
  • Former Magister of the White Inn of Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society at Tulane.
  • Louisiana Special Olympics Board of Directors 2001 – 2006.
  • Vice Chairman of the Mainstream Committee of the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge 2006 – 2007.
  • Brett has volunteered for the Capital Area United Way, Community Partnership Division and the Junior Achievement Teaching Program at Scotlandville Magnet High School and Catholic High School.

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

  • Council for a Better Louisiana 2019 Leadership Louisiana Class.
  • Best Lawyers in America 2018 – 2021.
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers 2014 – 2020.
    • Top 50 Louisiana Super Lawyers 2015 – 2020.
  • New Orleans Magazine "Top Lawyer" 2016.

News & Events

Resources

Presentations

Speaker, "Current Issues: Air, Land and Sea Transportation," Claims & Litigation Management Alliance Transportation Conference, June 2015.

Speaker, "Admiralty & Maritime Case Law Year in Review:  An Examination of the Key Case Law Developments from 2014 and What They Mean for Your Practice in 2015, and the Current Stat of the Law 25 Years After the Enactment of the Oil Pollution Act and 5 years after Deepwater Horizon," American Conference Institute, 4th Annual Forum on Admiralty and Maritime Claims and Litigation, February 2015.

Speaker, "Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Claims:  Defending and Managing New and Emerging Claims from the Plaintiff's Bar, Including Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress, Negligence Per Se, Physical Stress, Duty to Warn, and More," American Conference Institute's Forum on Admiralty & Maritime Claims and Litigation, February 2014.

Speaker, "Oil Pollution and Environmental Concerns in the Wake of Deepwater Horizon:  How to Prepare for and Respond to Litigation and Investigations Arising From Environmental Incidents," National Forum on Defending and Managing Admiralty & Maritime Litigation, March 2012.

Speaker, "Tug and Barge Liability," The Maritime Law Association of the United States, 2005 Fall Conference.

Practice areas

Bar Admissions

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

Education

LL.M., Admiralty Law, Tulane School of Law, 1994

J.D., Tulane School of Law, 1993

B.A., Washington and Lee University, 1990

Clerkships

  • Judicial Extern to Judge Martin L.C. Feldman of the U.S. District Court
  • Research assistant to Professor A.N. Yiannopoulos.
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