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                                          Paul M. Sterbcow, Chair                           Jason P. Waguespack, Vice-Chair

Upcoming Events:

The Deepwater Horizon Litigation: Civil, Criminal and Administrative CLE


  • Representing a client who is simultaneously involved in government investigations, administrative hearings and civil litigation.  How does the attorney balance the client’s interests where there are so many variables at play?
  • Lessons Learned.  Did the competing forums help bring the truth to light and serve the interests of justice?  Did jurisdictional disputes between government agencies impact the course of the litigation?  Did the criminal investigations hamper the fact-finding process because crucial witnesses invoked their Fifth Amendment rights?  Was justice ultimately served in each forum?  What should have happened differently?
  • What impact did the intense media coverage have on the cases?  Did attorneys alter their strategy in any way?  What ethical issues are implicated when a case is so thoroughly watched, dissected and talked about on television, radio, social media and in print?
  • The civil and criminal trials emphasized vastly different issues.  Were different issues and evidence important in one forum and not the other?  Was evidence available by the time of the criminal trials that was not at the time the civil cases were being litigated?
  • Professionalism:  Lawyers on all sides had to interact daily for months at a time over a period of years.  The issues were extremely emotional, including wrongful death claims and manslaughter indictments.  What professionalism lessons did the involved attorneys learn?  What insights do they have for other attorneys who may be involved in such long-term litigation?

Shaun Clarke, Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, L.L.P.
Kerry Miller, Baker Donelson
Paul Sterbcow, Lewis, Kullman, Sterbcow & Abramson

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Noon - 1 p.m.

New Orleans Bar Association
650 Poydras Strett, Suite 1505
New Orleans, LA 70130

1 hour of CLE credit

NOBA Member Discount - $35 (includes lunch)
Non Member Price - $55 (includes lunch)


  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

Please note: Cancellations must be received in writing two days in advance in order to receive a refund less an 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 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.