• PRACTICE FOCUS
  • INDUSTRIES+
  • EDUCATION+
    • Tulane University Law School
      J.D., 1989
    • California Maritime Academy
      B.S., 1980
  • ADMISSIONS+
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • Louisiana
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    • Washington
  • CLERKSHIP+
  • LANGUAGES+
    • Spanish
Michael M. Butterworth Partner
New Orleans
504-584-9391  direct832-260-6972  mobile

Mike Butterworth practices in the areas of admiralty and tort litigation and alternative dispute resolution, which includes collision, repair yard, machinery, cargo, pollution and longshoreman personal injury litigation at the trial and appellate level as well as mediation where appropriate. He is a registered civil mediator with the Louisiana State Bar Association. In addition to litigation, Mr. Butterworth teaches in the maritime law program at Tulane University Law School.

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Mike Butterworth practices in the areas of admiralty and tort litigation and alternative dispute resolution, which includes collision, repair yard, machinery, cargo, pollution and longshoreman personal injury litigation at the trial and appellate level as well as mediation where appropriate. He is a registered civil mediator with the Louisiana State Bar Association. In addition to litigation, Mr. Butterworth teaches in the maritime law program at Tulane University Law School.

Prior to joining Phelps Dunbar, Mr. Butterworth was with the Terriberry, Carroll, & Yancey, L.L.P. law firm in New Orleans which merged with Phelps Dunbar LLP in 2006. Before law school, he worked for Sea-Land, Crowley Maritime, Dutra Construction and various other maritime companies as a vessel officer and captain, both blue water and brown water.

Practice Focus

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Louisiana Civil Mediator Registry
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Association of Average Adjusters of the United States
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
  • Tulane University Law School (Adjunct Professor, Cargo Law)
  • Tulane University Law School Summer Program at Rhodos, Greece (Adjunct Professor, Maritime Liens/Collision)
  • Tulane Maritime Law Journal (Board of Advisory Editors)
  • Licenses: Master, 1600 Tons, Oceans Radar Endorsement, STCW certified

Recognition

  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White, Inc.), Admiralty and Maritime Law in New Orleans, 2010-2019
  • Selected to the Louisiana Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2014-2019
  • Who's Who Legal-Transport 

Industries

Education

  • Tulane University Law School
    J.D., 1989
  • California Maritime Academy
    B.S., 1980

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Washington

Languages

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Louisiana Civil Mediator Registry
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Association of Average Adjusters of the United States
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
  • Tulane University Law School (Adjunct Professor, Cargo Law)
  • Tulane University Law School Summer Program at Rhodos, Greece (Adjunct Professor, Maritime Liens/Collision)
  • Tulane Maritime Law Journal (Board of Advisory Editors)
  • Licenses: Master, 1600 Tons, Oceans Radar Endorsement, STCW certified
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America© (Woodward/White, Inc.), Admiralty and Maritime Law in New Orleans, 2010-2019
  • Selected to the Louisiana Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2014-2019
  • Who's Who Legal-Transport