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Thomas Kent Morrison Partner

Kent Morrison practices in all areas of maritime law, general litigation and insurance coverage, handling cases involving tort, cargo disputes, collisions, maritime personal injury, property damage, indemnity and insurance coverage disputes. He represents maritime employers, vessel owners, longshore employers, energy companies, dock and terminal owners and their underwriters in disputes concerning commercial matters, personal injuries, collisions, allisions, damage caused by wake and wave wash, groundings, salvage and cargo claims. He also provides representation with respect to coverage issues involving a broad range of energy, marine, general liability, excess and umbrella insurance policies. Kent further assists marine and energy companies with their corporate structure, regulatory issues and internal and external contractual relationships.

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Kent Morrison practices in all areas of maritime law, general litigation and insurance coverage, handling cases involving tort, cargo disputes, collisions, maritime personal injury, property damage, indemnity and insurance coverage disputes. He represents maritime employers, vessel owners, longshore employers, energy companies, dock and terminal owners and their underwriters in disputes concerning commercial matters, personal injuries, collisions, allisions, damage caused by wake and wave wash, groundings, salvage and cargo claims. He also provides representation with respect to coverage issues involving a broad range of energy, marine, general liability, excess and umbrella insurance policies. Kent further assists marine and energy companies with their corporate structure, regulatory issues and internal and external contractual relationships.

Kent has represented his clients both locally and nationally in state and federal courts in all aspects of litigation. He has considerable trial experience and has handled numerous cases through private mediation and court sponsored settlement conferences. Kent currently serves as the firm's Regional Practice Coordinator for the admiralty practice group.

Experience

  • Representation of start-up LNG company with regard to land acquisition, regulatory issues, local and state port authority issues and commercial litigation.
  • Long term representation of privately held offshore service vessel company and its affiliated holdings including ship building facilities through a range of legal issues.
  • Counsels south Louisiana offshore construction companies on contracts, leases and insurance and liability issues.
  • Representation of vessel owner and its P&I Club in connection with approximately 1,800 property, business interruption and personal injury claims arising from a ship allision with a shopping mall overlooking the Mississippi River.
  • Representation of domestic and international insurer regarding coverage denials in connection with marina, P&I, hull, tug, energy and CGL policies.
  • Attendance at U.S. Coast Guard investigations and hearings for numerous allisions and collisions involving offshore service vessels, crewboats and towboats and representation of vessel owners in subsequent litigation.
  • Drafting and reviewing insurance policy forms for the marine and energy industry.  
  • Extensive litigation experience involving personal injuries, exposure and occupational disease, collisions, allisions, pipeline damage, mechanical failures, products liability actions, charter disputes, defense and indemnity obligations, lease disputes, commercial disputes, and other various claims and actions in state and federal courts throughout the United States.

Insights

Speaking Engagements
  • Presenter, "Developments in Maritime Products Liability: The Defense Perspective," 17th Judge Alvin B. Rubin Conference on Maritime Personal Injury Law (April 2019)
  • Presenter, Arthur Gallagher Marine and Energy Symposium (2016-2019)
  • Panelist, "Various Legal Issues Regarding Maritime and Jones Act Exposure," 2018 Greater New Orleans Barge Fleeting Association Seminar (April 2018)

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association, New Orleans Chapter (Board of Directors)
  • Young Leadership Council
  • Maritime Law Association
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute

Recognition

  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected to the Louisiana Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2017-2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White, Inc.), Admiralty and Maritime Law in New Orleans, 2018-2019

Industries

Education

  • Tulane University Law School
    J.D., cum laude, 1998; Junior and Senior Justice of the Tulane Moot Court, 1996-1998
  • University of Georgia
    B.S. in Political Science, 1995

Admissions

  • Louisiana
  • Representation of start-up LNG company with regard to land acquisition, regulatory issues, local and state port authority issues and commercial litigation.
  • Long term representation of privately held offshore service vessel company and its affiliated holdings including ship building facilities through a range of legal issues.
  • Counsels south Louisiana offshore construction companies on contracts, leases and insurance and liability issues.
  • Representation of vessel owner and its P&I Club in connection with approximately 1,800 property, business interruption and personal injury claims arising from a ship allision with a shopping mall overlooking the Mississippi River.
  • Representation of domestic and international insurer regarding coverage denials in connection with marina, P&I, hull, tug, energy and CGL policies.
  • Attendance at U.S. Coast Guard investigations and hearings for numerous allisions and collisions involving offshore service vessels, crewboats and towboats and representation of vessel owners in subsequent litigation.
  • Drafting and reviewing insurance policy forms for the marine and energy industry.  
  • Extensive litigation experience involving personal injuries, exposure and occupational disease, collisions, allisions, pipeline damage, mechanical failures, products liability actions, charter disputes, defense and indemnity obligations, lease disputes, commercial disputes, and other various claims and actions in state and federal courts throughout the United States.
  • Presenter, "Developments in Maritime Products Liability: The Defense Perspective," 17th Judge Alvin B. Rubin Conference on Maritime Personal Injury Law (April 2019)
  • Presenter, Arthur Gallagher Marine and Energy Symposium (2016-2019)
  • Panelist, "Various Legal Issues Regarding Maritime and Jones Act Exposure," 2018 Greater New Orleans Barge Fleeting Association Seminar (April 2018)
    • Louisiana State Bar Association
    • Federal Bar Association, New Orleans Chapter (Board of Directors)
    • Young Leadership Council
    • Maritime Law Association
    • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
    • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
    • Selected to the Louisiana Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2017-2019
    • The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White, Inc.), Admiralty and Maritime Law in New Orleans, 2018-2019