Robert C. Clotworthy is a shareholder in the Firm’s New Orleans office. For more than 30 years Mr. Clotworthy’s practice has focused on maritime personal injury, energy, marine casualties and insurance coverage disputes. Mr. Clotworthy represents maritime employers in personal injury defense litigation in the areas of ocean and inland marine and energy and liability, with particular emphasis on onshore and offshore oilfield, river and port-related casualties.
This work has involved vessel owners, operators, commercial fishing fleets, casinos, bridges, dock and terminal owners, port authorities, and underwriters in connection with collisions and allisions, groundings and sinkings, pollution, property damage and fire-related casualties over the past 30 years in the Port of New Orleans, Gulf of Mexico and overseas.
Additionally, his representation has extended to general liability and marine underwriters in regard to coverage issues involving a broad range of marine, yacht, general liability, primary, excess and umbrella forms of coverage, including representing the interests of underwriters in litigation arising out of coverage disputes.
- Tulane University School of Law, J.D., 1977
- Georgia Institute of Technology, B.S., 1974, with honors
- Louisiana, 1978
- All Louisiana State Courts
- U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
- Represented fishing fleet owner in several cases in state and federal court including reported case of White v. Empire Menhaden where judgments obtained denying seaman status to employees and dismissal of their claims.
- Represented insurance broker in claim by its former assured seeking to hold broker liable to respond for lack of coverage for numerous claims due to the failure of London underwriters resulting in favorable landmark ruling for broker by Louisiana 4th Circuit Court of Appeal dismissing all claims.
- Represented major international oilfield contractor at request of London insurance market in defense of claim for alleged improper loading and sinking of M/V SABLE wherein liability was avoided for sinking and recovery was made for lost equipment.
- Represented riverboat casino owner in matter where obtained a favorable ruling from Louisiana Federal Court that riverboat was not a vessel, resulting in dismissal of serious personal injury claim.
- Represented the underwriters of a vessel which sank in Dubai, and obtained settlement for less than the sum offered at the outset of litigation.
- Represented a builder’s risk underwriters in the loss of a mega-yacht.
Professional Honors & Activities:
- Member – New Orleans Bar Association
- Member – Federal Bar Association
- Member – Maritime Law Association of the United States
- Member – New Orleans Association of Defense Counsel
- Member – American Bar Association
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