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
Mr. Mason is a member of the Propeller Clubs of the United States and the Port of New Orleans. He served as President of the Port of New Orleans Propeller Club from 2009-2011 and is currently serving on its Board of Governors. In 2011, he served on the Executive Committee and was the International Third Vice President and Co-Chair of the International Convention for the Propeller Club of United States.
He serves on the Transportation Committee of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) and in 2014 was awarded the designation of Certified Litigation Management Professional. He is also a member of the Association of Transportation Law Professionals, the Transportation Lawyers Association, the Maritime Law Association of the United States, the Federal Bar Association - Baton Rouge Chapter, and the, Louisiana, Texas, and Baton Rouge Bar Associations. He also serves on the Development Committee of the Louisiana Bar Foundation. He is also a former President and Treasurer for the Wex Malone American Inns of Court and a former Magister of the White Inn of Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society at Tulane.
Mr. Mason served on the Louisiana Special Olympics Board of Directors from 2001-2006. He was the Vice Chairman of the Mainstream Committee of the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge from 2006-2007. He 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. Prior to graduating law school, Mr. Mason was a Judicial Extern to Judge Martin L.C. Feldman of the U.S. District Court and a research assistant to Professor A.N. Yiannopoulos.
Honors & Awards
Honors & Awards
Mr. Mason has been listed in Louisiana Super Lawyers in the area of Transportation/Maritime in 2014-2019 and included on its "Top 50 Louisiana Super Lawyers List" in 2015-2019. Best Lawyers in America has recognized him in the areas of Insurance Law and Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants in 2018-2019. He was named a "Top Lawyer" by New Orleans magazine in 2016. He is AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale. Mr. Mason was also selected by the Council for A Better Louisiana to participate in the 2019 Leadership Louisiana Class.
- Three Stone Pigman Lawyers Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers; 33 Named to Best Lawyers List08.15.2019
- Thirty-Three Lawyers Named 2016 Louisiana Super Lawyers and Rising Stars; Wayne Lee Featured on the Cover12.24.2015
- Thirty-One Lawyers Named 2015 Louisiana Super Lawyers and Rising Stars; Phil Wittmann Ranked Number One for Second Year in a Row12.24.2014
News & Events
- Transportation Update: Does the MCS-90 Endorsement in Your Policy Afford Coverage When a Trailer You Leased to Another Company is Involved in a Fatal Accident?04.04.2016
- Maritime Update: Court Affirms Dismissal of Cal Dive's Challenge to Settlement with a Commercial Diver02.15.2016
- Maritime Update: Deepwater Horizon - Texas Supreme Court Answers A Question Presented By The U.S. Fifth Circuit02.23.2015
- Maritime Update: Towboat Cook Awarded $300,000 In Punitive Damages, Plus Attorneys' Fees, For Employer's Arbitrary Conduct07.01.2014
- Brett Mason to Participate on Recent Developments in the Law of Seamen Panel at Forum on Admiralty & Maritime Claims and Litigation Conference02.27.2014
In the News
- Brett Mason Published in International Freight Forwarders & Customs Brokers Association of New Orleans Newsletter08.01.2015
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.
- 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
LL.M., Admiralty Law, Tulane School of Law, 1994
J.D., Tulane School of Law, 1993
B.A., Washington and Lee University, 1990