Mr. Latham has been with Liskow & Lewis for over 25 years. He regularly represents companies engaged in all facets of the manufacture, production and refining of oil and gas and chemical production and operations. His maritime and state law practice includes personal injury defense and property damage matters, claims arising out of the drilling, production and refining of oil and gas, tort claims arising in construction and manufacturing facilities, and contractual indemnity, and insurance coverage matters.
His experience also includes defending companies in large complex toxic tort matters, including occupational diseases and asbestos claims.
He routinely advises clients in worker's compensation matters and represents employers defending workers compensation claims under state law and the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act. He also represents clients in various industries before the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), providing assistance and advice during OSHA investigations and defending subsequent litigation brought by the Department of Labor.
In his admiralty practice, Mr. Latham has an in-depth background in matters involving, insurance, offshore drilling practices, vessel collisions, drilling and completion accidents, well blowouts and reservoir damage. He has also handled pipeline accidents and other oilfield-related claims, vessel construction and repair litigation, and maritime finance and liens.
A member of the New Orleans Bar Association Inn of Court and the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, Mr. Latham was a petroleum engineer with Dowell Schlumberger, Inc., prior to becoming an attorney. He is also a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and has been very active in the community, serving as a fundraiser for local schools and a board member and past-president of VIA LINK, a United Way-funded agency that runs the 2-1-1 line in southeast Louisiana. He also is active in coaching youth baseball, soccer, and basketball.
•“Update on Fifth, Ninth and Tenth Circuits” 2007 Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
•“Recent Developments in Maritime Law” 22 nd New Orleans Fall Maritime Law Seminar Tulane University Law School, 2006
•“Jurisdiction Revisited: Longshore Worker or Jones Act Seaman? What Constitutes a “Vessel” Under the Law?” 2005 Loyola Annual Longshore Conference
•“What Do You Mean We Don't Have Insurance Coverage? - Recognizing Coverage Problems in Advance, ” 2004 Oilfield Indemnity and Insurance Seminar
•“Theories of Liability - Traditional and Not So Traditional, ” Toxic Tort Seminar, 2004
•“Recent Developments in Maritime Law, ” NOBA Mardi Gras CLE, 2003
•“Recent Developments in Tort Reform, ” Tort and Oilfield Update Seminar, 1999
•“Environmental Exposures in the Oilfield and Allocating and Insuring Environmental Risks, ” Oilfield Indemnity and Insurance Seminar, 1998
•Comment, Plaquemines Parish Commission Council v. Delta Development Co.: Contra Non Valentem Applied to Fiduciaries, 48 La. L. Rev. 967 (1988)