Mr. Leefe's practice experience spans over 30 years, all with Liskow & Lewis, and includes a broad range of litigation and contract matters. His practice emphasis is on maritime and offshore personal injury and property damage, drilling and downhole litigation, construction and shipyard disputes, products liability, contractual indemnity, and insurance coverage matters.
He has tried numerous bench and jury trials in federal and state courts, commercial arbitrations, and is experienced at the appellate level.
Within the firm, Mr. Leefe is chair of the Maritime, Oilfield, and Insurance practice group. He plays an active and valued role in recruitment and in the mentoring and professional development of firm associates.
He is a frequent continuing education speaker on maritime and oilfield litigation and insurance issues and is active in state bar activities. He is a longtime member of the Louisiana State Bar Association's House of Delegates, has served as Chair of the LSBA Client Assistance Fund Committee for several years, and was elected in 2013 to a three-year term as member of the LSBA's Board of Governors. He is a past President of the Loyola Law School Alumni Association and the recipient of several pro bono service awards.
•“Mock Negotiation of an Oilfield Contract, Oilfield Indemnity and Insurance Seminar, 2014
•“Contractual Indemnity and Insurance - the Basics, ” Oilfield Indemnity and Insurance Seminar, 2012
• Offshore Liabilities and Litigation, Houston Association of Professional Landmen, November 17, 2011
•“Anatomy of an Oilfield Casualty, ” Oilfield Indemnity and Insurance Seminar, 2009
•“Current Developments in Maritime Personal Injury, ” New Orleans Bar Association Luncheon Presentation, 2007
•“Recent Trends and Developments in Contractual Indemnity and Insurance, ” Oilfied Indemnity and Insurance Seminar, 2006
•“Recent Developments - OCSLA Jurisdiction, ” LSBA 13th Annual Admiralty Seminar, 2006
•“Litigating Oilfield Construction Disputes and Builder's Risk Insurance Claims, ” Oilfield Indemnity and Insurance Seminar, 2004
•“Attorney-Client Privilege, ” Confidentiality and Ethics Seminar, 2004
•“Drafting and Negotiating Contractual Indemnity and Insurance Provisions, ” Oilfield Indemnity and Insurance Seminar, 1998
•“Oilfield Indemnity, Insurance and Contractual Risk Allocation, ” Energy Week Seminar, 1997
•“Enforceability of Mediation Agreements, ” Offshore Marine Supply Association, 1997
•“The IADC Drilling Contract - Advantages and Disadvantages, ” Oilfield Indemnity and Insurance Seminar, 1995
•“Indemnity and Insurance, ” Oilfield Seminar, 1992
•“Effective Management of Litigation, ” Schlumberger North American Litigation Seminar, 1991
•“Maintenance and Cure Update, ” River and Marine Industries Seminar, 1991
•“Maintenance and Cure, ” River and Marine Industries Seminar, 1990
•“Client Assistance Fund: Compensating for Lawyer Misdeeds, Repairing the Negative Image, ” 60 La. Bar Journal 32 (June/July 2012)
• Fifth Circuit Symposium - Admiralty, 37 Loy. L. Rev. 433 (1991)
• Forum Non Conveniens and the Foreign Seaman, Fisher v. AGIOS NICOLAIS, 27 Loy. L. Rev. 309 (1981)