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Maritime and energy businesses have always been an important part of the Gulf Coast’s economy and their role is ever more integral, as trade and energy activity levels have increased dramatically over the last few decades. Businesses operating in these industries face unique legal challenges that require experienced maritime and energy counsel.

With offices located throughout Texas and New Orleans, Thompson Coe admiralty and maritime litigation attorneys are well-positioned to handle legal disputes and commercial matters that arise in connection with shipping, logistics, energy and chemical transportation, or other activity in ports or on waterways. The firm represents a diverse client base that ranges from large insurers and small offshore service companies, to self-insured companies and multinational corporations. We regularly represent clients during arbitration and mediation and before state and federal courts throughout Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, as well as providing counseling with respect to contract and insurance issues.

Thompson Coe provides our clients the advantage of decades of experience, established regional resources along the Gulf Coast, and a global industry perspective to handle virtually any offshore energy, maritime and/or insurance matters.

Personal Injury

Including the Jones Act, Longshore and Harbor Workers, maintenance and cure, unseaworthiness, premises liability, occupational exposure, salvage and removal of wreck, environmental and toxic torts


Insurance requirements & certificates, first party property claims, coverage disputes, maritime-related insurance matters

Ocean Marine Risks

P&I, hull, marine employer’s liability, contractor’s equipment, builder’s risk, wharfinger and terminal, cargo, and general liability insurance provisions

Brown Water Risks

Claims occurring on rivers, streams and other inland waterways including tugs, barges, collisions, navigational errors, loading and unloading and crew change incidents

Recreational Marine

Including yachts, jet skis, fishing boats, and other recreational craft  in the ocean bays, lakes, inland rivers and streams

Defense and Indemnity Disputes

Including LOIA, TOAIA, 33 U.S.C. § 905(c), Insured Contract and Additional Insured exposures in the offshore context

Platform Injuries

Employer Liability for workers on platforms under broad spectrum of schemes Jones Act, Longshore, State Comp and Foreign Voluntary Compensation

Offshore Contract Drafting & Review

Master service agreements, bareboat and time charters, flight service agreements, construction contracts and daywork, footage and turnkey drilling contracts

Offshore Drilling

Blowouts, environmental disasters, rig moving casualties, punch-throughs, and mid-project contract terminations

Vessel Collisions

Claims related to property damage and business losses resulting from a vessel collisions and allisions

Vessel Construction & Repair Litigation

Claims related to defective construction, arbitrations concerning commercial disputes and insurance disputes related to ship building and repair disputes

Disaster Recovery

Property, maritime, business interruption, errors and omissions, and general liability insurance issues

Cargo Claims

Cargo shortage and cargo damage matters


Randolph J.  Waits
Of Counsel

Randolph J. Waits


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