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  • PRACTICE FOCUS
  • INDUSTRIES+
  • EDUCATION+
    • Georgetown University Law Center
      J.D., magna cum laude, 1990, Order of the Coif
    • Nicholls State University
      B.S. in Finance, summa cum laude, 1987
  • ADMISSIONS+
    • Louisiana
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
  • CLERKSHIP+
William J. Riviere Partner

Bill Riviere practices in the areas of collision, maritime personal injury, terminal/installation damage, pollution, fire, salvage, maritime lien matters, oilfield indemnity and insurance coverage disputes, and appellate matters. He represents maritime employers, vessel owners, energy interests and their underwriters in personal injury defense litigation, including Jones Act and Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act claims, and represents vessel owners, operators, dock and terminal owners, and their underwriters in connection with collisions, allisions, wavewash/surge damage, groundings and salvage matters. He also represents general liability and marine underwriters with respect to coverage issues involving a range of marine, general liability and excess forms of coverage.

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Bill Riviere practices in the areas of collision, maritime personal injury, terminal/installation damage, pollution, fire, salvage, maritime lien matters, oilfield indemnity and insurance coverage disputes, and appellate matters. He represents maritime employers, vessel owners, energy interests and their underwriters in personal injury defense litigation, including Jones Act and Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act claims, and represents vessel owners, operators, dock and terminal owners, and their underwriters in connection with collisions, allisions, wavewash/surge damage, groundings and salvage matters. He also represents general liability and marine underwriters with respect to coverage issues involving a range of marine, general liability and excess forms of coverage.

Bill has attended numerous legal continuing education seminars focusing on civil litigation and the trial process, with a concentration primarily on admiralty matters. Included in this continuing training was a seminar presented at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at King’s Point focusing on collision and fire at sea.

Practice Focus

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Speaking Engagements

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States - Proctor in Admiralty; Board of Directors (2020)
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute

Recognition

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law, The Best Lawyers in America (2015-2020)
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (2007-2019)
  • Top New Orleans Lawyers: Admiralty, New Orleans Magazine

Industries

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center
    J.D., magna cum laude, 1990, Order of the Coif
  • Nicholls State University
    B.S. in Finance, summa cum laude, 1987

Admissions

  • Louisiana
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States - Proctor in Admiralty; Board of Directors (2020)
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law, The Best Lawyers in America (2015-2020)
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (2007-2019)
  • Top New Orleans Lawyers: Admiralty, New Orleans Magazine