• PRACTICE FOCUS+
  • EDUCATION+
    • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
      J.D., 2010; Member, Loyola Law Review
    • Texas A&M University at Galveston
      B.S. in Marine Transportation, 1999; Waterfront Officer, Corps of Cadets
  • ADMISSIONS+
    • Louisiana
    • Mississippi
    • 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. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Mississippi
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi
  • CLERKSHIP+

Michael J. Thompson Jr.

Associate

Michael Thompson practices in the area of litigation and his experience covers a broad spectrum of admiralty and maritime law, including personal injury defense, collision cases, property damage and loss of use claims, as well as charter parties, ship construction and repair contracts, vessel financing agreements, and contractual indemnity and insurance coverage disputes. He also represents construction contractors across a variety of matters including Louisiana and Mississippi construction liens, negotiating and preparing construction contracts, and other issues.

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Michael Thompson practices in the area of litigation and his experience covers a broad spectrum of admiralty and maritime law, including personal injury defense, collision cases, property damage and loss of use claims, as well as charter parties, ship construction and repair contracts, vessel financing agreements, and contractual indemnity and insurance coverage disputes. He also represents construction contractors across a variety of matters including Louisiana and Mississippi construction liens, negotiating and preparing construction contracts, and other issues.

Mr. Thompson’s transactional work involves working closely with large and mid-size organizations to evaluate commercial goals and risks, and drafting and negotiating various operational agreements such as master service agreements, subcontract agreements and charter parties while working with legal, operations, and risk departments to maintaining desired liability framework and commercial terms. Mr. Thompson also assists clients in a range of operational issues from evaluating insurance coverage to coordinating incident response.

Mr. Thompson also has experience in appellate work including preparing appellate briefs and motions in both state and federal appellate courts.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Thompson earned his B.S. in Marine Transportation from Texas A&M University at Galveston in 1999, where he also served an as officer in the Corps of Cadets. After graduation, he began his career in the marine industry, serving as a deckhand aboard harbor tugs on the Mississippi River. As he gained experience, he worked as a mate aboard offshore supply and towing vessels and as a captain aboard inland and near coastal tugboats. He holds several U.S. Coast Guard licenses including a Master of Towing and First Class Pilot on the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

Experience

  • Participated in the defense of numerous maritime personal injury claims including conducting fact investigations, investigating plaintiffs’ medical history, preparing defense witnesses and defending depositions, deposing plaintiffs’ witnesses, conducting discovery and supervising staff’s work on discovery matters, researching and identifying experts, preparing witnesses and cross-examinations for trial, preparing and arguing dispositive and pre-trial motions, and other trial preparations.
  • Defended mid-size marine contractor against $3 million lost production claim stemming from saltwater intrusion into gas well.
  • Represented marine contractor in matter involving a hopper barge carrying dredge spoil which sank while being offloaded, client exonerated.
  • Oversaw U.S.-based helicopter operator’s merger and acquisition of Colombian helicopter operator and importation of U.S. registered aircraft into Colombia.
  • Represented owner of recreational vessel that sank in three feet of water with four minors aboard. Worked with marine engineer to establish sinking was caused by defective deck hatch design and recovered replacement boat for client.

Insights

Publications
  • Author, “A Time to Protect: Revising Louisiana Mineral Code Article 122 to Protect Coastal Restoration Projects,” 56 Loy. L. Rev. 413-445 (Summer 2010)
News

Memberships & Affiliations

  • The Mississippi Bar
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Harrison County Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association – New Orleans Chapter
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
  • American Bar Association
  • The Propeller Club of the United States, Port of New Orleans
  • Southern Admiralty Law Institute
  • Coast Episcopal School (Board of Trustees)