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  • PRACTICE FOCUS
  • INDUSTRIES+
  • EDUCATION+
    • Tulane University Law School
      J.D., magna cum laude, 1981
    • Harvard University
      B.A., 1978
  • ADMISSIONS+
    • Louisiana
  • CLERKSHIP+
Gary A. Hemphill Partner

Gary Hemphill practices in the areas of admiralty litigation. His practice involves matters in personal injury, cargo, oil and energy, finance and FD&D. Gary has a great deal of recent experience in complex, multi-party litigation, including claims arising out of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in which he represented vessel owning emergency responders sued for their activities immediately after the explosion. With a team of attorneys from the firm, he was able to obtain the dismissal of the claims by summary judgment.

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Gary Hemphill practices in the areas of admiralty litigation. His practice involves matters in personal injury, cargo, oil and energy, finance and FD&D. Gary has a great deal of recent experience in complex, multi-party litigation, including claims arising out of the Deepwater Horizon disaster in which he represented vessel owning emergency responders sued for their activities immediately after the explosion. With a team of attorneys from the firm, he was able to obtain the dismissal of the claims by summary judgment.

Gary has also successfully handled major losses arising from hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico as well as collisions in the Mississippi River. In 2018, he was voted by his peers in the New Orleans Bar Association The Distinguished Maritime Lawyer of the Year. Prior to joining Phelps Dunbar, Mr. Hemphill was with the Terriberry, Carroll, & Yancey, L.L.P. law firm in New Orleans.

Practice Focus

Experience

  • Steel Warehouse/Abalone Shipping - Enforceability of Foreign Arbitration Clause in ocean bill of lading.
  • Mitsui/Mira M/V - Enforceability of Foreign Forum Selection Clause.
  • Texas Eastern Transmission/McMoRan Offshore - Recoverability of economic damages due to damaged offshore pipeline.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • American Maritime Cases (Associate Editor, 2001-present)

Recognition

  • Distinguished Maritime Lawyer Award (2018)
  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America© - Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Selected to the Louisiana Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2014-2019
  • Who's Who Legal-Transport 

Industries

Education

  • Tulane University Law School
    J.D., magna cum laude, 1981
  • Harvard University
    B.A., 1978

Admissions

  • Louisiana
  • Steel Warehouse/Abalone Shipping - Enforceability of Foreign Arbitration Clause in ocean bill of lading.
  • Mitsui/Mira M/V - Enforceability of Foreign Forum Selection Clause.
  • Texas Eastern Transmission/McMoRan Offshore - Recoverability of economic damages due to damaged offshore pipeline.
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • American Maritime Cases (Associate Editor, 2001-present)
  • Distinguished Maritime Lawyer Award (2018)
  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America© - Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Selected to the Louisiana Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2014-2019
  • Who's Who Legal-Transport