As a former New Orleans police officer, Tommy appreciates both the value of long-term strategy and the ability to adapt tactics to the often changing positions of opponents in order to win trials or achieve the best possible result. His analysis and precision have helped obtain successful verdicts, dismissals, and settlements for clients including international drilling companies, oilfield service providers, pipeline transportation and energy storage companies, regional oil and gas exploration firms, one of the world’s largest platform and rig companies, nursing home and long-term care providers, as well as their underwriters and other insurance companies.
His extensive experience for over two decades includes:
•Successfully trying jury and bench trials in state and federal courts in Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi (ad hoc);
•Trying in excess of 50 administrative hearings before the United States Department of Labor in Louisiana, Texas, Pennsylvania, and Maryland as well as before the Louisiana and Texas Office of Workers’ Compensation;
•Appearing before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and litigating age, race and gender bias claims;
•Arguing before the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Louisiana First and Fifth Circuit Courts of Appeal;
•Handling complex litigation including the collapse of an offshore drilling rig, death cases, multiple claimant property and personal injury lawsuits arising from drilling operations in populated areas, class-actions involving wage and hour disputes, as well as hundreds of cases arising under the Jones Act and general maritime law, or asserting age, race or gender bias as well as general liability, automobile and trucking liability matters;
•Litigating commercial claims arising from charter parties, leases and other contractual arrangements.
Focused on efficient, economic dispute resolution, Tommy realizes that litigation is frequently not the best or only solution to achieve the best possible results. He has in-depth experience with alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation. Tommy has worked with clients to implement and utilize arbitration programs applicable to claim asserted by their employees and other contractors.
Tommy has earned an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the directory’s highest rating for attorneys. Tommy was selected by New Orleans Magazine in 2009 as a “Top Lawyer” in the areas of Insurance and Labor and Employment. He has been invited speaker at seminars for the Jones Act, Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, claims handling and investigation, and employment practices. Tommy is a member of the Texas and Louisiana state bar associations, the Louisiana and Texas Associations of Defense Counsel. Tommy has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for Admiralty and Maritime Law in 2019.
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Texas State Bar Association
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Texas Association of Defense Counsel
Houston Mariners Club
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