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Maritime & International Law


     Jason P. Waguespack, Co-Chair           Hugh P. Lambert, Co-Chair

Upcoming Events:

Maritime & International Law Committee CLE: Civil and Criminal Liability for Maritime Environmental Offenses


Since the 1990s, the Department of Justice has had a robust program of prosecuting shipping companies and crew for the intentional discharge of pollutants from ocean going vessels and the falsification of official ship records designed to conceal this pollution.  The Committee will host a panel discussion that will focus on the actions that usually form the basis of prosecution, how the Government's investigation and prosecution proceed, and how to defend shipping companies and crew who are being investigated and/or charged with a crime.

Jason P. Waguespack, Committee Co-Chair

Dan Tadros, Chaffe McCall, LLP

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Noon - 1 p.m.

NOBA Office
650 Poydras Street, Suite 1505
New Orleans, LA 70130

1 hour of CLE credit

NOBA member discount: $35 (includes lunch)
Non-member price: $55 (includes lunch)
*All credit card transactions will be charged a 3% convenience fee.


  1. Contact NOBA at (504) 525-7453 or
  2. Email Morgan Ellis.
  3. Mail payment to the NOBA Office, 650 Poydras Street, Suite 1505, New Orleans, LA 70130
  4. NOBA members can pay online by clicking here.

Please note: Cancellations must be received in writing two days in advance in order to receive a refund less a $15 administrative fee. No refunds for no shows.

Distinguished Maritime Lawyer Award:

Information on the Distinguished Maritime Lawyer Award.  Deadline is August 15th of every year.

August 2016 Blog Post

Recent Events:

On March 16, 2017, Milton Ramirez, Deputy U.S. Marshal, Eastern District of Louisiana, presented "Policies and Procedures of the US Marshal for In Rem Arrests and Attachments" CLE.

On October 20, Shaun Clarke, Kerry Miller, and Paul Sterbcow presented "The Deepwater Horizon Litigation: Civil, Criminal & Administrative" CLE.

On October 23, 2015, the Comittee held "A Discussion of the Employer's Maintenance and Cure Obligation" CLE with Paul Sterbcow and Jedd Malish.

On October 16, 2015, NOBA awarded Conrad (Duke) Williams III with the Distinguished Maritime Award.

On November 7, 2014, the Committee held a "Policies and Procedures of the US Marshal for In Rem Arrests and Attachments" CLE. Effective in rem jurisdiction relies on the prompt and proper arrest or attachment of a vessel, cargo, or other property under the Supplemental Admiralty Rules of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. A knowledge of the policies and procedures of the U.S. Marshal’s Service in making the arrest or attachment is essential for every admiralty practitioner.  

On November 3, 2014, The New Orleans Bar Association's Maritime and International Law Committee announced the recipient of 2014's Distinguished Maritime Lawyer Award: S. Gene Fendler. Mr. Fendler is a shareholder at Liskow & Lewis and has litigation and trial experiences that span more than 35 years in both casualty and business matters. 

MDL 2179: Status of the Cases Not Included in the BP Settlement CLE on July 31, 2014
with Paul M. Sterbcow, Lewis Kullman

Committee Meeting on January 31, 2014
Paul Sterbcow, Chair, discussed the BP Trial and the most recent 5th Circuirt opinion certifying the class.