Joseph E. 'Josh' Lee III

Phone: 504.599.8042
Fax: 504.599.8138
Email: Joseph E. 'Josh' Lee III

Admiralty & Maritime
Commercial Litigation
Energy & Environmental
Insurance Coverage

Paul M. Hebert Law Center Louisiana State University, 2000, J.D. 

Order of the Coif
Louisiana Law Review, Member
Louisiana State University, 1997, M.M.C. 
University of New Orleans, 1995, B.A. 

-United States Supreme Court
-United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth,Tenth,and Federal Circuits
-United States Court of Federal Claims
-United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas; Eastern, Western, and Middle Districts of Louisiana; and Southern,Eastern,and Northern Districts of Texas

Louisiana State Bar Association
State Bar of Texas
New Orleans Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
The Maritime Law Association of the United States
Phi Kappa Phi

Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow, 2007 - Present

Louisiana Super Lawyers - Maritime, Appellate, 2013

Committee on Bar Admissions, Supreme Court of Louisiana, Assistant Examiner, 2012 - Present

A Return to Negligence or Something More? Proving Knowledge in Strict Liability' Cases in Louisiana Under Civil Code Article 2317.1, 59 LOUISIANA LAW REVIEW 1225 (1999). 
The Eleventh Amendment, the Flotilla Doctrine and Other Flanking Maneuvers: Recent Efforts by Claimants to Avoid the Application of the Limitation of Liability Act, 29 TULANE MARITIME LAW JOURNAL 1 (2004). 

Louisiana Supreme Court Clerkship, New Orleans, Louisiana, The Hon. Catherine D. Kimball, 2000 to 2001 Term 

Josh Lee maintains a broad civil defense practice at the trial and appellate levels, with a particular emphasis in marine and energy matters. Since 2007, he has been a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, a national trial attorney honorary society whose membership is limited to less than one-half of one percent of practicing attorneys nationwide. He has been named a Louisiana Super Lawyer (2013 to present) and is an Assistant Bar Examiner for the Louisiana State Bar Association. 

For over a decade, Josh has defended vessel owners, oil companies, oilfield service contractors, and their insurers in a wide range of personal injury and property damage matters. Josh also routinely handles various other casualty and commercial matters, ranging from premises liability and auto collision claims to multi-million dollar insurance coverage litigation. He acted as co-lead counsel for the general contractor in litigation arising from the catastrophic destruction of the roof of the Louisiana Superdome during Hurricane Katrina. He further has advised insurance companies, corporate and individual clients, and insurance agents on insurance and contract matters, including the preparation of vessel charters and master service contracts. 

Prior to entering private practice, Josh served as a Law Clerk to The Honorable Catherine D. Kimball, then-Associate Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court, an experience that gave him particular insight into the field of appellate practice. Josh has utilized this experience in briefing and arguing appeals and engaging in writ practice throughout the Louisiana state appellate courts and the federal appellate courts. In addition to handling appeals, he also monitors trials to assist trial counsel with preservation of issues for appeal and consults with clients regarding post-judgment relief and the potential viability of appeal following adverse judgments. 

A lifelong resident of New Orleans, Josh is a 2000 graduate of The Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University. He graduated eleventh in his law school class, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif, Phi Kappa Phi Honorary Society, and the Louisiana Law Review. Prior to law school, Josh obtained a Masters in Mass Communication from The Manship School at Louisiana State University. While obtaining his graduate degree, he worked as a reporter and on-air announcer for the Louisiana Network, a statewide radio news service providing news, sports, and weather coverage from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of New Orleans, where he was a member of Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity. 

Josh is admitted to the Louisiana and Texas bars. He also is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth, Tenth, and Federal Circuits, the Court of Federal Claims, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Western, and Middle Districts of Louisiana; the Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of Texas; and the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas. He has practiced on a pro hac vice basis in other states as well, including Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Oklahoma.