Joseph P. Tynan is a partner in the New Orleans office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Admiralty, Maritime & Energy Litigation Practice. He is engaged in an admiralty and maritime practice involving marine insurance coverage, hull and machinery claims, collisions, groundings, property damage, and maritime product liability cases, as well as charter parties, maritime liens and protection and indemnity defense matters.
He also has experience before the Office of Administrative Law Judges for the U.S. Coast Guard in license suspension and revocation hearings, and with employment discrimination claims, particularly as they involve maritime clients. Prior to passing the bar, Mr. Tynan sailed as an ordinary seaman and helmsman in the deck department of U.S. flag merchant vessels.
Mr. Tynan is a member of the bar of Louisiana, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana, and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas. He has tried a number of cases in state and federal courts in Louisiana, and in federal courts in Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and Texas.
More recently, he obtained dismissal of two cases before the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, successfully arguing that his client had no legal duty to the plaintiff longshoremen for asbestos exposure, ultimately resulting in the voluntary or involuntary dismissal of forty-one similar cases filed by longshoremen against his client.
Mr. Tynan successfully presented the case of First Nat’l Bank of Jefferson v. M/V LIGHTNING POWER, 776 F.2d 1258 before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which refined the standards under which a district court may set aside for an insufficient price a public auction by the U.S. Marshal of a vessel under arrest.
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Mr. Tynan received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame, and he was awarded his Juris Doctor by the Tulane University School of Law.
- Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana, Juris Doctor
- University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, Bachelor of Arts
- State Bar Admissions, Louisiana
- United States Courts of Appeals & Supreme Court,
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- United States Supreme Court
- United States District Courts
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
- United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
- United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
- Maritime Law Association of the United States, Proctor
- Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, Member
- Louisiana State Bar Association, Bench & Bar Section, 2001 – Present, Chair
- Federal Bar Association, Member
- World Trade Center Louisiana, Member, Advisory Board
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