R. Keith Jarrett: Lawyer with Liskow & Lewis A Professional Law Corporation

R. Keith Jarrett

Phone(504) 556-4133

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Practice Areas

  • Maritime, Oilfield and Insurance
  • Energy Litigation
  • Aviation, Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation
  • Construction Law and Litigation
  • Business Litigation
  • Appellate Practice
Contact InfoTelephone: (504) 556-4133
Fax: (504) 556-4108
University U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, B.S., with highest honors, 1980
Law SchoolTulane University, J.D., summa cum laude, 1985 Order of the Coif, Tulane Law Review, Articles Editor, 1984-1985
Admitted1985, Louisiana

Honors & Affiliations

The Best Lawyers in America, 2010-2015
Louisiana Super Lawyers, 2010-2015
Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business - Litigation: General Commercial, 2013-2014
•New Orleans, Louisiana State, and American Bar Associations
•Maritime Law Association of the United States
•Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
•Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
•Louisiana Bar Foundation
•Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
•U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association

BornSt. Louis, Missouri, 1958

Mr. Jarrett is the firm's former president and managing partner. He handles litigation primarily in the areas of maritime and oilfield torts and contracts. His trial experience includes major well blowouts, pipeline accidents, environmental restoration litigation, wrongful death and personal injury claims, vessel collisions, indemnity, insurance coverage, and class-action defense. He also has extensive experience in litigating claims involving explosions, engineering malpractice, vessel and property construction, and reservoir damage. Mr. Jarrett's trial experience includes cases and appeals in both the Louisiana and Texas state courts, federal courts, and in arbitration.

Clerkship:Honorable Alvin B. Rubin, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1985-1986.


•Frequent speaker on topics including insurance, indemnity, duties of ship owners, a variety of oilfield torts, obligations between joint venture partners, Louisiana legacy litigation, Acts of God, maritime claims, accident investigation, expert witnesses, jury selection, and admissibility of evidence.


•Fifth Circuit Symposium: Admiralty, 37 Loy. L. Rev. 433 (1991).
•Admiralty - Remedies Available to Oceanographic Research Vessel Personnel, 58 Tul. L. Rev. 1499 (1984).

Reported CasesRecent Representative Matters: Bringing lawsuit to recover millions in damages arising from a collision involving a drilling rig; Defending major oil companies in claim by state agency seeking billions of dollars for alleged marsh loss in southeast Louisiana; Defending major oil company from claims by parish governments that seek damages and land restoration allegedly caused by non-compliance with environmental permits; Defending major oil company in claims arising out of a well blowout and the sinking of a semi-submersible drilling rig; Defended major oil company from land owner who sought billions of dollars in damages from alleged oilfield contamination resulting from decades of oil and gas production; Defended independent oil company from multi-million-dollar claim by pipeline owner who claimed damage from semi-submersible drilling rig; Brought lawsuit seeking millions in damages for pipeline damage from a drilling rig that broke free during hurricane; Obtained trial verdict in favor of a pipeline owner whose transmission line suffered millions in damages when struck by the anchor of a pipelay barge; Successfully pursued a multi-million-dollar insurance claim seeking builder's risk coverage for an oil tanker that suffered major structural damage during construction; Obtained a jury verdict in favor of homeowner against insurer for bad faith handling of a first-party toxic mold claim; Defeated class certification in a lawsuit alleging the monopolization of marine salvage services in New Orleans marinas after Hurricane Katrina; Defended at trial and on appeal an oil company accused of contaminating 18,000 acres of marsh through 40 years of oil and gas production; Obtained a multi-million dollar jury verdict in suit seeking indemnity for monies spent in settlement of disputed wrongful death claims; Defeated class certification in a lawsuit alleging exposure to toxic fumes escaping from a barge that was moored in a fleet adjacent to major city; Pursued multi-million-dollar claim against a shipyard for cost overruns and delays associated with construction of a SWATH-type dive support vessel; Obtained a jury verdict in favor of a major oil company accused of injuring a truck driver during the loading of a supply vessel; Defended exploration company from claims on behalf of seven workers killed during a well blowout that occurred during snubbing operations in the deadliest such accident in U.S. history; Defended oil company from claims filed on behalf of four workers killed during a tank explosion during start-up operations at an on-shore production site; Regularly defend leading marine salvage company from suits by maritime workers claiming injury through offshore construction and diving operations

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R. Keith Jarrett

701 Poydras Street, Suite 5000
New OrleansLA 70139


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