Andrew Wilson

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AV RatedMr. Wilson serves as both lead trial counsel and appellate counsel in all stages of federal and state civil litigation as well as in administrative proceedings before state and federal agencies. These matters often involve complex issues of law in many diverse fields. His experience includes litigation related to personal injuries, major disasters, ship collisions, insurance coverage and, oilfield and environmental remediation matters, from the original accident or field investigation through the final appeal if necessary. His most significant achievement to date involves the outright dismissal of a class action and several other related suits seeking billions of dollars in alleged damages to oyster leases in Louisiana resulting from coastal restoration projects. He has also served as a consultant to the State on coastal restoration issues, and is an External Advisory Board Member for the LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio, a public/private entity which designs sustainable systems that reduce vulnerability associated with diverse scenarios of coastal hazards, habitat degradation, and global environmental change. In addition to these professional activities, he also serves as Chancellor to All Saints Episcopal Church of River Ridge, LA; as a referee in the Louisiana High School Lacrosse League; and, is an active member of Fleet 7 of the National Rhodes 19 Class Association sailboat racing organization.


PRACTICE AREAS:

  • Environmental
  • Natural Resource Damages
  • Admiralty
  • Maritime
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Subrogation
  • Expropriation
  • Inverse Condemnation
  • Toxic Torts


EDUCATION:

  • Tulane Law School — LLM, Energy & Environmental Law, 1993
  • Tulane Law School — J.D., 1982
  • St. Lawrence University — B.A., History, 1977


BAR ADMISSIONS:

  • All state courts in Louisiana
  • All United States District Courts in Louisiana
  • The United States Court of Appeal for the Third Circuit
  • The United States Court of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit
  • The United States Supreme Court


PUBLICATIONS:

  • LSU Mineral Law Institute Journal, "Avenal and related oyster cases," 2005
  • Tulane Environmental Law Journal "Tracking Spills and Releases: High-Tech in the Courtroom," 1997


SPEECHES:

  • “Oysters and the Future of Our Coast: Managing Oysters, Restoration and Relationships” – Fourth Annual Downriver Fest (U. S. Mint, New Orleans, September 10, 2016)
  • “Oyster Leasing in Louisiana” -Diversions Workshop for Mississippi River Delta Restoration Coalition (University of New Orleans, April 13, 2016)
  • “La. Oyster Law & Policy/Freshwater Diversions: ‘No Good Deed Goes Unpunished,’”– State of the Coast Summit (New Orleans Convention Center, June 1 – 3, 2016)
  • “The Law of the Coast: Oyster Leasing in Louisiana,” -Mississippi River Delta Restoration Coalition (University of Southeastern Louisiana, August 13, 2014)
  • National Business Institute: “Property Taking Through Eminent Domain in Louisiana “(November 2012) “Expropriations From Start to Finish” (March, 2011)
  • The Louisiana  Governor's  Advisory Committee  on  Coastal  Protection,  Restoration  and Conservation, "The Law of the Coast: Oyster Leasing in Louisiana” (2009)
  • Louisiana Land Law for Civil Engineers and Land Surveyors, "Eminent Domain and Takings Law", (2007)
  • MLA Marine Insurance Committee: "Oyster Rockefellas and Louisiana Issues" (Scottsdale, AZ 2005)
  • CLE:" Louisiana Wetlands: Katrina Leaves Behind a Perfect Storm of Takings Issues" (2005)
  • LSU Mineral Law Institute: "Avenal and Related Oyster " (Baton Rouge, 2005)
  • Tulane Law School: "Law Science and the Public Interest" Speaker (1998, 2000, 2005).
  • Association of Average Adjusters of the United States: Speaker, "Employer's Liability Under P&I Forms"(2002)/ "Unrepaired Damages" (1997)
  • Y. Marine Claims Managers Group Speaker:"Computer Graphics in Litigation" (1996)


PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:

  • Maritime Law Association of the United States (Proctor status), Member of MLA Board of Directors (2017-present); Chairman of the MLA Marine Insurance and General Average Committee (2015-present);
  • Orleans Audubon Society Chapter, Member-Board of Directors (2014-present)
  • Association of Average Adjusters of the United States
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • Mariners Club of New Orleans
  • The Coastal Society
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Loyola University Center for Environmental Communications (Fellow 2001)
  • Chancellor/Vestry Member for the All Saints Episcopal Church, River Ridge,
  • External Advisory Board Member for the LSU Coastal Sustainability Studio (2013-present)
  • National Rhodes 19 (Sailboat) Class Association
  • US Lacrosse-Referee for Louisiana High Schools, Middle Schools and Charter Schools


REPRESENTATIVE CASES:

  • In re: In the Matter of the Complaint of C. F. Bean, LLC, 841 F. 3d 365 (5th Cir. 11/4/16) Reversal of District Court’s dismissal of products liability claim against outboard engine manufacturer in death case
  • In re White Tail Oilfield Service, LLC, 2012 WL 2952439 (E.D.La. 7/19/12) Summary dismissal of all claims for contractual indemnity and property damage following sinking of self-propelled lift boat in offshore waters.
  • Big Bucks Preserve, LLC v. Col. Gulf Trans. Co., 2009 WL 5173929 (W.D.La. 2009) Summary dismissal of all claims for economic loss following pipeline explosion.
  • Slavich v.  La. Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries, 994 So.2d 85 (La.App. 8/21/08) Summary dismissal of all contractual claims based on warranty of water quality associated  with  damages  to  multiple  oyster  leases  allegedly  resulting  from freshwater diversion projects located in several areas of Louisiana.
  • Continental Insurance Company, Boat Owners Association of the U.S. , et al. v. Board of Commissioners for the Orleans Levee District, et al. (CA No. 536908 19th JDC / EBR 10/5/05) Successful TRO in favor of yacht insurers preventing a local Levee Board from charging excessive salvage fees for preferred contractor in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
  • Avenal v. State, 886 So.2d 1085 ( La. 10/19/04 ), cert. den., 544 U.S.1049 (2005) Successful defense of State and reversal of $1,300,000,000 judgment on appeal before Louisiana Supreme Court related to claims for damages to multiple oyster leases allegedly resulting from freshwater diversion structure.
  • Alonzo v. State, 884 So.2d 634 (La.App. 4th Cir. 9/8/04 ) Successful defense of State and reversal of second $1,000,000,000 judgment related to claims for damages to multiple oyster leases allegedly resulting from freshwater diversion structure.
  • Boston Old Colony Ins. Co. v. Tiner Assocs., 288 F.3d 222 (5th Cir. 2002) Successful subrogation recovery of $6,000,000 for television tower damage and business interruption despite coverage defense.
  • In re M/V DANIELLE BOUCHARD, 164 F.Supp.2d 794 ( E.D. La. 2001) $10,300,000 (100%) recovery for offshore pipeline damage without trial.
  • Adams v. Marathon Oil Co., 688 So.2d 75 (La.App. 5 th Cir. 1/15/97 ) Defense of class action due to  chemical release with substantial reduction of claims.
  • Marathon Pipe Line Co. v. LaRoche Indus., 944 F.Supp. 476 ( E.D. La. 1996) Successful prosecution of OPA claim resulting from pipeline damage.
  • H.C. Drew Estate v. Reunion Energy Co., 689 So.2d 457 (La.App. 3 rd Cir. 2/23/96) Successful assertion of doctrine of primary jurisdiction in oilfield remediation litigation.
  • New York Marine & General Insurance Company v. Gulf Marine Towing, Inc. and Maitland Bros. Co., 1994 AMC 976 (E.D. La. 1993) Successful assertion of coverage defense on hull policy for $1,000,000 total loss of vessel.
  • SECKO Energy, Inc. v. M/V MARGARET CHOUEST, M/V EDISON CHOUEST,  and  M/V  CAPE  RACE,  820  F.  Supp.  1008  (E.D.La.  1993) Successful motion practice establishing precedential exception to admiralty rule of Robins Dry Dock as well as OPA claim.
  • Gulf Atlantic Transport Company, et al. v. Offshore Tugs, Inc. and Bruce Brothers Towing Company, Inc., 1992 AMC 2082 (E.D. La. 1992) Successful establishment of additional assured status and defense of negligent towage claim for $6,000,000 total loss of vessel.
  • Deutsche Shell Tanker-Gesellschaft mbH v. Placid Refining Co., 767 F.Supp. 762 (E.D. La. 1991) aff'd, 993 F.2d 466 (5 th Cir. 1993). Successful defense of cargo interest in $3,000,000 general average claim.
  • Pennzoil Producing Company v. Offshore Express, Inc., 943 F.2d 1465 (5 th Cir. 1991) 90% reduction of $1,100,000 loss of production claim following pipeline allision.
  • McGehee v. Panama Canal Com., 872 F.2d 1213 (5th Cir. 1989) Successful recovery for yacht damage outside the Panama Canal.

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