David B. Lawton

Senior Partner

New Orleans

504-584-9258 office

985-705-1627 mobile



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.


  • 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


  • 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
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers
  • Who's Who Legal-Transport