W. Jacob Gardner, Jr.

Phone: (504) 599-8324
Fax: (504) 599-8260

Admiralty & Maritime

Insurance Defense

Transportation and Trucking

LSU Law School, J.D./B.C.L

Sewanee: The University of the South, B.A.

All Louisiana State and Federal Courts

United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Louisiana State Bar Association

Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute (“SEALI”)

Federal Bar Association

New Orleans Bar Association

Garden District Association, Board of Directors


Louisiana Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2013 – 2019

Port Director for New Orleans, SEALI, 2012 - 2013

W. Jacob Gardner, Jr. litigates a variety of admiralty matters including contract disputes, personal injury and death claims arising under the Jones Act and Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, property damage claims, insurance and indemnity issues, collisions and allisions, arrests and attachments, limitation of liability and cargo claims.

Mr. Gardner also represents insurers and excess insurers in complex casualty litigation involving coverage issues, catastrophic personal injuries, wrongful death and property damage.

He is a member of the Louisiana Bar, is admitted to practice before all Louisiana State Courts, all Louisiana Federal Courts, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, and the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Mr. Gardner was born in Covington and resides in New Orleans. He graduated with Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude honors from Sewanee: The University of the South with B.A. degrees in Political Science and Spanish. He is also a graduate of the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University. He served as President of the Student Body at both Sewanee and LSU Law, and was the winner of the Robert Lee Tullis moot court competition at LSU Law.


  • Representation of “blue water” and “brown water” clients in charter party disputes, property damage claims, and in defense of personal injury matters

  • Representation of excess insurers against claims for catastrophic personal injuries, wrongful death, and property damage

  • Representation of excess insurers in construction defect litigation

  • Representation of excess insurers in coverage litigation

  • Representation of offshore drilling contractors in defense and indemnity matters and in defense of personal injury claims

  • Representation of P&I Clubs in matters involving vessel arrests and attachments

  • Representation of P&I Clubs against personal injury claims arising from exposure to asbestos

  • Representation of insurers against personal injury claims pursuant to the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act and Defense Base Act

  • Representation of trucking interests against automobile liability claims


- Recent Developments in the Fifth, Ninth and Tenth Circuits, Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, 2011

- Fifth Circuit Affirms Charter Decision, International Law Office, 2015