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  • PRACTICE FOCUS
  • INDUSTRIES+
  • EDUCATION+
    • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
      J.D., cum laude, 2014; Managing Editor, Loyola Maritime Law Journal
    • Texas A&M Maritime Academy
      B.A., 2010
  • ADMISSIONS+
    • Louisiana
    • 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
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • CLERKSHIP+

Adam Davis practices in the area of admiralty litigation. Since 2014, he has investigated and/or litigated marine casualties involving inland and at-sea collisions in all visibility conditions; well, dock and bridge allisions; capsizing of vessels; wave-wash claims; barge breakaways; shipboard fires and explosions; groundings; anchor loss; cargo damage and loss; salvage claims; discovery of contraband; magic pipe cases; personal injury; death; and recreational collisions/allisions. He also regularly defends vessel owners and mariners with investigations and enforcement actions by the U.S. Coast Guard, NTSB, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Adam Davis practices in the area of admiralty litigation. Since 2014, he has investigated and/or litigated marine casualties involving inland and at-sea collisions in all visibility conditions; well, dock and bridge allisions; capsizing of vessels; wave-wash claims; barge breakaways; shipboard fires and explosions; groundings; anchor loss; cargo damage and loss; salvage claims; discovery of contraband; magic pipe cases; personal injury; death; and recreational collisions/allisions. He also regularly defends vessel owners and mariners with investigations and enforcement actions by the U.S. Coast Guard, NTSB, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Adam is a U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Third Mate. Before joining Phelps, Adam accrued hundreds of days of marine experience working on vessels as a merchant mariner at sea and on the lower Mississippi river. He also completed an externship with the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Administrative Law Judges, where he focused on legal issues arising under the Longshore Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.

Practice Focus

Experience

  • Defended vessel owners and mariners in U.S. Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board Investigations into serious marine casualties involving collisions, allisions, breakaways, shipboard explosions, well allisions and oil pollution claims.
  • Assisted in the trial defense of claims involving vessel collision, vessel allision and shipboard fire. 
  • Assisted in the defense of vessel owners in contraband, magic pipe and missing crewmember investigations brought by the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Assisted the U.S. Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board with their investigations into serious marine casualties and enforcement actions against adverse mariners and vessel owners.
  • Consulted with mariners on the defense of enforcement actions brought against their licenses by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Insights

Publications

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Louisiana Bar Association
  • New Orleans Federal Bar Association
  • The Maritime Law Association

Industries

Education

  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
    J.D., cum laude, 2014; Managing Editor, Loyola Maritime Law Journal
  • Texas A&M Maritime Academy
    B.A., 2010

Admissions

  • Louisiana
  • 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
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • Defended vessel owners and mariners in U.S. Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board Investigations into serious marine casualties involving collisions, allisions, breakaways, shipboard explosions, well allisions and oil pollution claims.
  • Assisted in the trial defense of claims involving vessel collision, vessel allision and shipboard fire. 
  • Assisted in the defense of vessel owners in contraband, magic pipe and missing crewmember investigations brought by the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Department of Justice.
  • Assisted the U.S. Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board with their investigations into serious marine casualties and enforcement actions against adverse mariners and vessel owners.
  • Consulted with mariners on the defense of enforcement actions brought against their licenses by the U.S. Coast Guard.
  • Coast Guard Issues Guidance for Gulf Coast Ports in Hurricane Laura's Path (August, 2020)
  • Fifth Circuit's Broad "Significant Nexus" Test Puts Chevron in the Hot Seat (August, 2020)
  • Supreme Court Ruling Puts More Weight Behind Safe-Berth Clause (April, 2020)
  • “Insurance Coverage for Punitive Damages – Time for a Uniform Rule Under General Maritime Law,” 12 Loy. Mar. L.J. (2013) Author
    • Louisiana Bar Association
    • New Orleans Federal Bar Association
    • The Maritime Law Association