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
BornSt. Louis, Missouri, 1958

Mr. Jarrett is the firm's 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 damage, wrongful death and personal injury claims (both land-based and maritime), vessel allisions, environmental clean-up litigation, and class-action defense. He also has extensive experience in litigating explosions, insurance and indemnity disputes, engineering malpractice, vessel construction, and reservoir damage.

Mr. Jarrett also has proficiency in construction disputes, specifically with vessels and property, building defects and design errors, and products liability litigation. His practice involves both the defense and pursuit of coverage litigation, and suits involving state and federal agencies. In non-litigation matters, he advises clients on insurance and indemnity provisions, and Jones Act and offshore regulations.

Mr. Jarrett has handled and tried numerous cases and appeals in both the Louisiana and Texas state and federal courts, and in arbitration.

A graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Mr. Jarrett served aboard multiple merchant ships prior to attending law school. After law school, he worked as a law clerk to the Honorable Alvin B. Rubin, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, from 1985-1986, before joining Liskow & Lewis.

Recent Representative Matters:

· 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

· Defending major oil company from land owner who seeks billions of dollars in damages from alleged oilfield contamination resulting from decades of oil and gas production

· Defending independent oil company from multi-million dollar claim by pipeline owner who claims that anchor of semi-submersible drilling rig damaged line in 2,000 feet of water

· Prosecuted lawsuit seeking multi-million dollar damages from a semi-submersible drilling rig that broke free during hurricane, allegedly damaging a pipeline in 1,400 feet of water

· Obtained trial verdict in favor of a pipeline owner whose transmission line suffered millions of dollars of damage when struck by the anchor of a pipelay barge during retrieval operations

· Successfully pursued a multi-million dollar insurance claim seeking builder's risk coverage for a 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 a major oil company accused of contaminating 18,000 acres of marshland 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

· On behalf of a vessel owner, pursued multi-million-dollar claim against a shipyard for cost overruns and delays associated with the 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 an offshore supply vessel

· Defended exploration company from claims filed on behalf of seven oilfield 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 oilfield workers killed during a tank explosion during start-up operations at an on-shore production site

· Regularly defend leading U.S. marine salvage company from multiple claims by maritime workers claiming injury through construction and offshore diving operations

Honors & Affiliations:

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

· Maritime Law Association of the United States - Member

· Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute - Member

· Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel - Member

· Louisiana Bar Foundation - fellow

· Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers - Member

· U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association - Member

· Law Clerk to the Honorable Alvin B. Rubin, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1985-1986

· The Best Lawyers in America, 2010-2014

· Named to New Orleans CityBusiness ' Leadership in Law Class of 2011

· Louisiana Super Lawyers, 2010-2013

· Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business - Litigation: General Commercial, 2013


· Frequent speaker on topics including insurance, indemnity, duties of ship owners, a variety of oilfield torts, obligations between joint venture partners, Acts of God, maritime claims, accident investigation strategies, expert witnesses, 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).


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R. Keith Jarrett

701 Poydras Street, Suite 5000
New OrleansLA 70139


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