Thomas Kent Morrison

Partner

New Orleans

504-584-9306 office

504-952-0169 mobile

kent.morrison@phelps.com

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Kent Morrison practices in the areas of maritime law, general litigation and insurance coverage, handling cases involving tort, cargo disputes, collisions, maritime personal injury, property damage, indemnity and insurance coverage disputes. He represents maritime employers, vessel owners, longshore employers, energy companies, dock and terminal owners and their underwriters in disputes concerning commercial matters, personal injuries, collisions, allisions, damage caused by wake and wave wash, groundings, salvage and cargo claims. He also provides representation with respect to coverage issues involving a broad range of energy, marine, general liability, excess and umbrella insurance policies.

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Kent Morrison practices in the areas of maritime law, general litigation and insurance coverage, handling cases involving tort, cargo disputes, collisions, maritime personal injury, property damage, indemnity and insurance coverage disputes. He represents maritime employers, vessel owners, longshore employers, energy companies, dock and terminal owners and their underwriters in disputes concerning commercial matters, personal injuries, collisions, allisions, damage caused by wake and wave wash, groundings, salvage and cargo claims. He also provides representation with respect to coverage issues involving a broad range of energy, marine, general liability, excess and umbrella insurance policies.

Mr. Morrison has represented his clients both locally and nationally in state and federal courts in all aspects of litigation. He has considerable trial experience and has handled numerous cases through private mediation and court sponsored settlement conferences.

Experience

  • Representation of vessel owner and its P&I Club in connection with approximately 1,800 property, business interruption and personal injury claims arising from a ship allision with a shopping mall overlooking the Mississippi River.
  • Representation of domestic and international insurer regarding coverage denials in connection with marina, P&I, hull, tug, energy and CGL policies.
  • Attendance at U.S. Coast Guard investigations and hearings for numerous allisions and collisions involving offshore service vessels, crewboats and towboats and representation of vessel owners in subsequent litigation.
  • Drafting and reviewing insurance policy forms for the marine and energy industry.  
  • Extensive litigation experience involving personal injuries, exposure and occupational disease, collisions, allisions, pipeline damage, mechanical failures, products liability actions, charter disputes, defense and indemnity obligations, lease disputes, commercial disputes, and other various claims and actions in state and federal courts throughout the United States.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association, New Orleans Chapter (Board of Directors)
  • Young Leadership Council
  • Maritime Law Association
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute

Recognition

  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers