MARITIME ADVICE & LITIGATION2020-07-29T12:35:20-05:00

Maritime Advice & Litigation

The Riess LeMieux team can assist with any legal matter that may arise for clients whose business centers on vessels and the waterfront. Our experience stems from more than 50 years as counselors and litigators in this area of the law.  Our maritime attorneys often handle legal matters before state and federal courts, as well as regulatory agencies that include the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Department of Labor, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Transactions on the Waterfront

We handle all types of commercial transactions involving the acquisition and sale of vessels, including registration in the most appropriate country, financing matters, negotiating closings, drafting charter agreements, and resolving Coast Guard-related legal matters. We are well-equipped to place liens on vessels and adhere to national and international measures to effect enforcement of those liens.

Jones Act Claims

Our lawyers regularly handle claims that arise from Jones Act and personal injury that occurs at sea, including helicopter accidents at drop-offs onto drilling rigs, slip and falls on boat decks, crane injuries, abandonment of vessels due to adverse events, and other matters. What sets our firm apart is our ability to respond quickly and knowledgeably to our clients’ concerns, both in day-to-day matters and during rapidly emerging situations that can occur after serious maritime accidents involving catastrophic injury and fatalities.

Recent News

COVID-19 Vaccinations and Your Workplace Webinar

Thomas Henican, partner at Riess LeMieux, will cover legal issues implicated by the recent approval and use of COVID-19 vaccines, including: Equal Employment Opportunity guidance, the ADA, the Civil Rights Act and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.  The discussion will include best practices for employers considering distribution of the vaccine directly (or through a third party) and/or requiring proof of vaccination to return to work, and will conclude with a discussion of Louisiana’s liability limiting COVID-19 statute as to employer vaccination programs and the proposed federal legislation.

Riess LeMieux Ranked in 2021 “Best Law Firms”

Riess LeMieux has been ranked in the 2021 U.S. News – Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” regional lists. The firm has been ranked Tier 1 for Construction Law and Litigation and Tier 3 for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law. Firms included in the 2021 “Best Law Firms” list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. This announcement follows the news that four attorneys were recently selected to Best Lawyers 2021 publication.

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