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Admiralty & Maritime

Frilot L.L.C. is recognized as one of the leading maritime firms in the Gulf South. The Admiralty & Maritime Practice Group has been privileged to represent clients in all courts (both state and federal) in Louisiana and throughout the Gulf Coast Region. From single personal injury claims to multi-million dollar disasters, our attorneys are known for their willingness, readiness and ability to handle cases, even against the most formidable opponents. The Admiralty & Maritime Practice Group has the experience and technical expertise to get the results our clients demand.

The firm currently represents a variety of maritime clients including tug and barge owners and operators, ocean-going vessel owners and operators, oil companies, offshore vessel operators, and oil field service companies, as well as domestic and international P & I clubs and insurers. Representative clients of this section include: UK P&I Club, the American P&I Club, Osprey Underwriting Agency (on behalf of Lloyds), Lexington, AIG, ACE, ACE-INA, Zurich, Hiscox, Tidewater, Baker Hughes, ACBL, Kirby Inland Marine, Dolphin Towing, American Commercial Barge Lines and Nabors Offshore.

Following are types of cases defended by the Admiralty & Maritime Practice Group:

• Collisions
• Jones Act Personal Injury/Wrongful Death Claims
• Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Claims
• Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act Claims
• Cargo Claims
• Towers’ Liabilities
• Vessel Charters
• Wreck Removal
• Products Liability
• Maritime Liens
• Pollution Liability
• Salvage
• Marine Insurance
• Rig Accidents
• Vessel Seizures

In addition to handling personal injury and property damage cases arising in the oilfield, firm attorneys litigate the enforceability of defense, indemnity and additional assured provisions contained in Master Service Agreements routinely executed between oilfield producers and their contractors. This type of litigation often involves choice of law analysis, and, under Louisiana law, asserting claims for defense costs and arguing for exceptions to the Louisiana Oilfield Indemnity Act (LOIA). Under the Texas Anti-Indemnity Act (TAIA), we often litigate whether indemnity obligations contained in Master Service Agreements are reciprocal and supported by insurance, or whether insurance obligations stand alone from indemnity obligations.


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TEAM MEMBERS

James H. Brown Jr.
Miles P. Clements
Andrew S. deKlerk
Danica Benbow Denny
Lara N. DiCristina
George A. Frilot III
Lauren A. Guichard
J. Dwight LeBlanc III
Joseph E. 'Josh' Lee III
Heather McArthur
Patrick J. McShane
T. Patrick O'Leary
R. Patrick Ray
Kathleen Pontier Rice
Brandon K. Thibodeaux
Campbell E. Wallace