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Maritime & International Law

Paul M. Sterbcow, Chair


Upcoming Events:

"A Discussion of the Employer's Maintenance and Cure Obligation" CLE on October 23rd

Paul Sterbcow, Lewis, Kullman, Sterbcow & Abramson
Jedd Malish, Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer LLC

Date: Friday, October 23, 2015

Time: 12 Noon - 1 PM

Location: NOBA Office, 650 Poydras Street, Suite 1505

CLE: 1 hour of continuing legal education credit

Cost: NOBA Member Discount: $35 ; Non Member: $55

To Register:  

     1. Email Alex Garon or

     2. Call NOBA at (504) 525-7453 or

     3. Mail payment to NOBA at 650 Poydras Street, Suite 1505, New Orleans, LA 70130  

     4. NOBA members can pay online by clicking here


Recent Events:

On Friday, October 16th 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.

Distiguished Maritime Laywer Award Luncheon & Award Ceremony
Monday, October 28, 2013

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

Settlement on the High Seas: BP Settlement Update CLE
November 8, 2013

A discussion of the basics of the settlement post-oral arguments, including:

  • An update on the class settlement
  • A status report of the claimants that have been excluded by from the class settlement (oil field operators, diving boats, etc.). Several of these “test” cases are going to trial in summer of 2014. This promises to be a road map for settling the non-class cases. 
  • An overview of the government claimants (e.g., municipalities) to be discussed. 

Speakers: Paul Sterbcow, Lewis Kullman and Walter Leger, Jr., Leger & Shaw


CLE - "Settlement on the High Seas: The Nuts & Bolts of the BP-PSC Settlement"

Speakers: Don K. Haycraft, Liskow & Lewis; Paul Sterbcow, Lewis Kullman; Conrad S.P. (Duke) Williams, The Williams Law Group

Date:  Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Location:  New Orleans Bar Association, 650 Poydras Street, Suite 1505, New Orleans