• University of Mississippi School of Law
      J.D., 2005
    • Auburn University
      B.A., 2002
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Mississippi
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama
    • Mississippi
    • Alabama
    • Louisiana
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana

Michael F. Held


  • New Orleans

    504-584-9309 office

  • Gulfport

    228-679-1309 office

  • Resident in the New Orleans office

Michael Held has litigated cases in all areas of maritime law, representing owners, charterers and/or underwriters in defense of personal injury claims, both blue and brown water, and cargo claims, as well as handling environmental, Customs and Coast Guard matters. Mr. Held also practices in the areas of commercial litigation and general insurance defense matters involving both third-party liability claims and first-party coverage issues. He has experience defending tort claim liability matters, as well as transportation litigation, collections, real property disputes, contract disputes, municipal liability defense claims, products liability claims, and professional liability matters.

Mr. Held has litigated matters in the state and federal courts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.


  • Representation of insurers regarding coverage opinions and defense litigation including matters involving liability, property (including fire claims), professional liability, and lender/force-placed insurance.
  • Representation of transportation clients, casinos, municipalities, and public entities in property damage, personal injury, and wrongful death litigation. 
  • Representation of clients in matters involving Medicare Secondary Payer Act issues. 
  • Representation of commercial entities in contract disputes and collection matters.


  • Co-Author, "The Ethical Lawyer," Bad Faith Insurance Claims in Mississippi (October 2007)
Speaking Engagements
  • Presenter, "Recent Maritime Law Developments in the 5th, 9th and 10th Circuits," 2017 SEALI Seminar (June 2017)

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • The Mississippi Bar
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Harrison County Bar Association
  • Harrison County Young Lawyers Association
  • Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
  • American Inns of Court


  • Mid-South Super Lawyers - Rising Stars