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David B. Lawton Senior Partner

David Lawton practices in the area of admiralty and tort. He has extensive trial and appellate experience in various aspects of maritime law, including personal injury/death, maritime pollution, contract disputes, offshore rigs, and vessels and major casualties.

Prior to joining Phelps Dunbar, he was with the Terriberry, Carroll, & Yancey, L.L.P. law firm in New Orleans.

Practice Focus

Experience

  • Gabarick v. Laurin Maritime
  • Lejano v. Bandak
  • Marinechance v. Sebastian
  • Francisco v. Stolt

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Southeast Admiralty Law Institute

Recognition

  • New Orleans Magazine - Top Lawyers
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • 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), 2010-2019
  • Who's Who Legal-Transport 

Industries

Education

  • Vanderbilt University Law School
    J.D., 1977
  • Brown University
    A.B., 1973

Admissions

  • Louisiana
  • Gabarick v. Laurin Maritime
  • Lejano v. Bandak
  • Marinechance v. Sebastian
  • Francisco v. Stolt
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Southeast Admiralty Law Institute
  • New Orleans Magazine - Top Lawyers
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • 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), 2010-2019
  • Who's Who Legal-Transport