Maritime & International Law

Matthew "Matt" C. Guy
Committee Chair

    Upcoming Events:

State of the Nation: Maritime Punitive Damages Post-Baker, Townsend, and Dutra
{1 hour CLE}

Please join the Maritime & International Law Committee on October 22, 2019 for a discussion on the history and current state of maritime punitive damages post-Baker, Townsend, and Dutra.

Frederick William Swaim, III, Galloway Johnson Tompkins Burr & Smith
Raymond T. Waid, Liskow & Lewis
Jessica L. Ibert, Lewis, Kullman Sterbcow & Abramson

Date: October 22, 2019

Time: Noon - 1 p.m.

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

CLE: 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 Briana Nelms
  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.

April 2020 Blog Post
August 2016 Blog Post


Recent Events:

On May 23, 2018, the Committee hosted a happy hour social, co-hosted by the Insurance Law, Maritime & International Law, Oil & Gas Law and Environmental Law committees at the NOPSI Hotel

On May 9, 2018, Cayce Peterson, Frederick Swaim III and Ian Taylor presented a CLE on "Product Liability Issues in Maritime Law."

On September 23, 2017, Dan Tadros of Chaffe McCall, LLP presented "Civil and Criminal Liability for Maritime Environmental Offenses" CLE.

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.