27th Annual Admiralty Symposium

Friday, September 18, 2020

SECTION MEMBERS RECEIVE DISCOUNT!! ~ Co-Sponsored by the LSBA Insurance, Tort, Workers Compensation and Admiralty Law Section!

for this popular annual program! RICHARD J. ARSENAULT, seminar chair since the program’s inception leads the discussions. Presentation topics include key jurisdictional considerations for maritime practitioners, prosecuting & defending maritime injury claims, litigating maritime asbestos related claims, addressing liens, and  recent admiralty rulings. The afternoon presentations include professionalism, ethics, punitive damage survey including an  analysis of the recent SCOTUS case Dutra Group v. Batterton and practice tips from the bench. Leave prepared with a solid understanding of the latest issues on the high seas!

Click ADMIRALTY SYMPOSIUM to download seminar flyer.

Registration Fee, Cancellations and Refunds
• Section Members .......... $295/$320 after Sept. 6
• Non-Section Members ............... $320/$345 after Sept. 6
(The fee includes electronic course materials, seminar attendance and coffee/refreshment breaks.)

On-Site Registrants will be provided the link to download electronic course materials at the time of registration. Printed seminar manuals will be available for purchase at the seminar.

Cancellation of registration must be received in writing by the LSBA no later than Sept. 6. Cancellations will receive a full refund, less a $25 administrative charge. Absolutely no refunds will be made after Sept. 6.

CLE CREDITS: This program has been approved for a maximum of 7 hours of CLE credit, including 1 hour of ethics and 1 hour of professionalism.
Hotel Information:
Although the LSBA does not have a room block at the Windsor Court Hotel, discount rates for LSBA members may be available. Contact: Reservations at (800) 262-2662, visit or email to reserve a room. Be sure to mention Louisiana State Bar Association. Availability is not guaranteed. Prevailing rates may apply. 

For more information, contact: CLE Dept. at (800) 421-5722

Annette Buras               Bridget Berins
(504) 619-0102             (504) 619-0137   



Richard J. Arsenault

Neblett, Beard & Arsenault • Alexandria

8:00-8:30 a.m.

8:30-8:45 a.m. – (.25 credits)
Program Overview
Richard J. Arsenault • Neblett, Beard & Arsenault • Alexandria

8:45-9:15 a.m. – (.5 credits)
Getting Out of the Starting Block: Key Jurisdictional Considerations for Maritime Practitioners
Moderator:     J. Neale deGravelles • deGravelles & Palmintier • Baton Rouge
Panelists:       John G. Yadamec • Duplass, Zwain, Bourgeois, Pfister, Weinstock • Metairie
                     Dustin Carter • Neblett, Beard & Arsenault • Alexandria

9:15-10:00 a.m. – (.75 credits)
Prosecuting, Defending, and Settling Maritime Injury Claims
Moderator:  Blake R. David • Broussard & David • Lafayette
Panelists:    Hon. Glenn Norton (ret.) • Norton Dispute Resolution • St. Louis, MO
                  Jeff R. Tillery • Jones Walker • New Orleans
                  Alan K. Breaud • Breaud & Meyers • Lafayette
                  Jerome H. Moroux • Broussard & David • Lafayette

10:00-10:15 a.m.

10:15-10:45 a.m. – (.5 credits)
Litigating Maritime Asbestos-Related Claims
Moderator:   Lynn Luker • Stanley, Reuter, Ross, Thornton & Alford • New Orleans
Panelists:     Darleen M. Jacobs • The Law Offices of Darleen M. Jacobs • New Orleans
                   Lindsey A. Cheek • The Cheek Law Firm • New Orleans
                   Wesley J. Gralapp • Neblett, Beard & Arsenault • Alexandria

10:45-11:15 a.m. – (.5 credits)
Addressing Liens in the Maritime Context
Moderator:    Special Master Gary J. Russo • Jones Walker • Lafayette
Panelists:      Will Shapiro • Archer Systems • Austin, TX
                    Blake Deady • Archer Systems • Houston, TX

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. – (1 credit)
A Review of Recent Admiralty and Maritime Rulings
Moderator:     Professor Tom Galligan, Jr. • LSU, Paul M. Hebert Law Center • Baton Rouge
Panelists:       Hon. Jay C. Zainey • U.S. Dist. Court, Eastern District of LA • New Orleans
                     Hon. Richard T. Haik, Sr. (ret.) • Morrow, Morrow, Ryan, Bassett & Haik • Opelousas
                     Peggy Giglio • Attorney at Law • Lafayette
                     Richard T. Haik, Jr. • Morrow, Morrow, Ryan, Bassett & Haik • Opelousas
                     J. Christopher Zainey, Jr. • The Lambert Firm • New Orleans

12:15-1:15 p.m.
Lunch (on your own)

1:15-2:15 p.m. – (1 credit; Professionalism)
Quality Control Through Professionalism
Hon. Dee D. Drell • U.S. Dist. Court, Western District of LA • Alexandria

2:15-3:00 p.m. – (.75 credits)
Punitive Damage Survey Including an Analysis of the Recent SCOTUS Case Dutra Group v. Batterton
Hon. John W. deGravelles • U.S. Dist. Court, Middle District of LA • Baton Rouge
Kenneth Engerrand • Attorney at Law • Houston, TX

3:00-3:15 p.m.

3:15-4:00 p.m. – (.75 credits)
Maritime Practice Tips from the Bench and Trench
Moderator:     Hon. Daniel E. Knowles III (ret.) • Attorney at Law • New Orleans
Panelists:       Hon. Jane M. Triche-Milazzo • U.S. Dist. Court, Eastern District of LA • New Orleans
                     J. Michael Veron • Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson • Lake Charles
                     Michael S. Koch • Neblett, Beard & Arsenault • Alexandria
                     Val P. Exnicios • Liska, Exnicios & Nungesser • New Orleans

4:00-5:00 p.m. – (1 credit; Ethics)
Instructive Ethics Guidance for Admiralty Practitioners
Charles B. Plattsmier • LA Attorney Disciplinary Board • Baton Rouge
Leslie J. Schiff • Schiff, Scheckman & White • Opelousas
Richard C. Stanley • Stanley, Reuter, Ross, Thornton & Alford • New Orleans

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