Don K. Haycraft: Lawyer with Liskow & Lewis A Professional Law Corporation

Don K. Haycraft

Phone(504) 556-4128

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Practice Areas

  • Aviation, Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation
  • Product Defense
  • Maritime, Oilfield and Insurance
 
Contact InfoTelephone: (504) 556-4128
Fax: (504) 556-4108
http://www.liskow.com
 
University College of William & Mary, B.A., high honors in History, 1977 Phi Beta Kappa
 
Law SchoolUniversity of Virginia, J.D., 1983 Order of the Coif, Virginia Law Review, Managing Editor, 1982-1983
 
Admitted1984, Louisiana
 
BornVictoria, Texas, 1955
 
Biography

Mr. Haycraft has more than 27 years of trial experience in cases ranging from Jones Act personal injury, wrongful death, and longshoremen's injuries to major toxic tort class certification hearings and federal multi-district litigation. Mr. Haycraft has served as defense liaison counsel in two major MDLs in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. He has handled numerous jury trials to verdict and bench trials in various state and federal courts in Louisiana, as well as in state and federal courts in Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, and Illinois. His clients include major oil companies, global helicopter manufacturers, and the nation's largest inland marine company.

Mr. Haycraft is a past president of the New Orleans chapter of the Federal Bar Association, which is the organization's largest chapter in the country. He has spoken before professional organizations about attorney-client privilege, trial procedures, electronic discovery, and mass torts trial techniques. He has been honored by the Louisiana State Bar Association for his pro bono commitment, including the Century Award for contributing in excess of 100 hours in indigent representation during 2009. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Pro Bono Project and acts as the firm's liaison for pro bono representation.

A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, winning Order of the Coif honors and serving as Managing Editor of the Virginia Law Review, Mr. Haycraft started as a federal law clerk before joining Liskow & Lewis, where he has practiced maritime law since 1984.

Honors & Affiliations

•Federal Bar Association, New Orleans Chapter - President, 2002-2003; Board of Directors, 1996-2004

•New Orleans, Louisiana State, and American Bar Associations - Member

•Law Clerk to the Honorable James H. Michael, Jr., Judge, United States District Court, Western District of Virginia, 1983-1984

•Greater New Orleans Therapeutic Horseback Riding Association - Board of Directors, 1993-1995

•The New Orleans Pro Bono Project - Board of Directors, 2009-2011

The Best Lawyers in America, 2007-2015

Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business - Litigation: General Commercial, 2012-2014

Louisiana Super Lawyers, 2008-2014

Presentations

•Practice Does Not Make Perfect: Moving Your Case Through Court, Louisiana State Bar Association, 2013

•The U.S. Supreme Court Weighs in on Vessel Status, 20th Annual Admiralty Symposium of the Louisiana State Bar Association, 2013

•E-Discovery and Ethics: Navigating the Channel and Avoiding the Shoals, First Annual Marine Management and Legal Conference of the Paducah Maritime Council, LLC, 2013

•Settlement and Mediation: Preparation for the Most Productive Mediation, Louisiana State Bar Association Seminar How to Handle the Big Case From Both Sides, 2012

•E-Discovery and Ethics for Maritime Lawyers: What Does the Qualcomm Decision Mean?, 15th Annual Admiralty Symposium of the Louisiana State Bar Association, 2008

•The Rules of Professional Conduct and the 'Meet and Confer' Requirement of Rule 26(f), 14th Annual Admiralty Symposium of the Louisiana State Bar Association, 2007

•Ethics and Maritime Electronic Discovery, 13th Annual Admiralty Symposium of the Louisiana State Bar Association, 2006

•Attorney-Client Privilege, Lorman Education Services, 2004

•Deposition Practice Procedural Rules and Practice Pointers, Malcolm Monroe Federal Practice Seminar/Federal Bar Association, 2003

•Limitation of Liability: The Road Less Traveled, 9th Annual Admiralty Symposium of the Louisiana Bar Association, 2001

•The Anatomy of a Mass Tort Case, Southern University Law Center, 2001

•Anatomy of a River: Worst Case Scenario, 8th Annual Admiralty Symposium of the Louisiana State Bar Association, 2000

•Oilfield Insurance and Indemnity, Risk and Insurance Management Society Convention, 1997

•Managing the Big Case, Risks and Insurance Management Society Convention, 1994

Publications

•Survivor's Guide to E-Discovery (2009)

•Federal Jurisdiction and Procedure, 44 Loy. L. Rev. 459 (1998)

•Competence to Plead Guilty and Stand Trial: A New Standard When a Criminal Defendant Waives Counsel, 68 Va. L. Rev. 1139 (1982)

 
Reported CasesRecent Representative Matters: In 2013, served on Phase 1 liability trial team defending major oil company in claims arising out of a well blowout and the sinking of a semi-submersible drilling rig that caused 11 deaths and a catastrophic oil spill; Currently serving as Defense Liaison Counsel in Deepwater Horizon case; Won exoneration after Limitation of Liability trial for major inland marine company whose barge was alleged to have caused catastrophic levee breach and flooding of lower Ninth Ward/New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina; Won summary judgment in state court for client, an aviation fuel supplier, in helicopter crash where fuel was alleged to be defective for fouling in storage and aircraft fuel tanks; Won summary judgment in federal court for major records and data storage client whose employee lost computer data of more than a million Louisiana residents; Won trial judgment in products liability case in state court on behalf of helicopter manufacturer after fatal crash, and successfully defended result in Third Circuit and Louisiana Supreme Court (Kramer v. Petroleum Helicopters Inc. et al., 999 So.2d 101 (La. App. 3d Cir. 2008), writ denied, 6 So.3d 811 (2009); Defeated class certification in case involving spill of benzene-containing chemicals in Mississippi River; Served as Defense Liaison Counsel in multi-district litigation involving claims resulting from gasoline alleged to contain high levels of sulfur that caused gas gauge malfunctions in thousands of cars in Gulf South; Served on trial and appellate team in $250 million property loss involving offshore platform dropped by client's contractor into the Gulf of Mexico (Texaco Exploration and Production Inc. Marathon Oil Company v. AmClyde Engineered Products Company Inc. 448 F.3d 760 (5th Cir. 2006)); Obtained Rule 11 sanctions against prominent Mississippi plaintiffs' attorney and affirmance by en banc United States Fifth Circuit (Whitehead; et al. v. Food Max of Mississippi, Inc. 332 F.3d 796 (5th. Cir. 2003)(en banc)); Acted as appellate counsel for major retailer; Obtained reversal of adverse jury verdict due to inflammatory and prejudicial conduct of plaintiffs' attorney (Whitehead; et al. v. Food Max of Mississippi, Inc. 163 F.3d 265 (5th. Cir. 1998))
 
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Don K. Haycraft

701 Poydras Street, Suite 5000
New OrleansLA 70139




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