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Jim Bercaw
Jim Bercaw is a member at King, Krebs & Jurgens, P.L.L.C., and practices in the areas of offshore and maritime litigation, as well as commercial and corporate transactions — including compliance with applicable government regulations, risk assessment and management.  His practice includes representation of companies in marine, oil and gas, and construction industries.  He also advises clients in a wide variety of contracts, including master service agreements, vessel and aircraft charters, and public and private works and supply contracts.

Practice Areas

  • Admiralty & Maritime
  • Oil & Gas
  • Insurance Coverage

Education

  • University of Alabama, J.D., 1990
  • University of Alabama, B.A., Political Science, 1987

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana


Joey Devall
practices in the areas of admiralty and maritime litigation, vessel documentation, products liability, personal injury defense, insurance coverage defense and bad faith litigation, general casualty defense, and corporate transactions. His practice includes representing companies and their insurers in the marine, oil and gas, and health care industries. He also advises clients in a wide variety of contracts, including charter parties, service agreements and supply contracts, and advises business owners on corporate organization, governance, succession and ownership matters.

Practice Areas

  • Admiralty & Maritime
  • Oil & Gas
  • Corporate and Commercial Law and Advices
  • General Casualty Defense
  • Insurance Coverage and Defense
  • Products Liability

Education

  • Tulane Law School, J.D., 2004
  • McNeese State University, B.A., 1999

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, State and Federal Courts; Texas Federal Courts; U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

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Doug Matthews has practiced law in New Orleans for over 35 years and concentrates on maritime trial practice as defense counsel. Doug has defended numerous Jones Act and 905 (b) personal injury claims and also focuses on the Longshore Act practice, having presented the “employers” case to Administrative Law Judges, the Benefits Review Board and the U.S. Fifth and Seventh Circuit Courts of Appeals. He has experience defending occupational illness claims under the Longshore Act, including audiological and pulmonary illnesses. Most notably, as a result of a request for the Maritime Law Association, he offered an amicus brief on behalf of the organization to the U.S. Supreme Court in the matter entitled Randall v. Chevron addressing status under the Longshore act. Doug has made frequent presentations on various maritime and Longshore Act issues at local and national seminars.

Practice Areas

  • Admiralty & Maritime
  • Products Liability
  • Insurance Coverage and Defense

Education

  • Loyola University of New Orleans School of Law, J.D., 1977
  • Loyola University of New Orleans,  B.A., 1972

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Court in Louisiana; U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Middle & Western District of Louisiana; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth, Seventh, and Federal Circuits; U.S. Supreme Court

Robert Stefani
Bob Stefani
has extensive experience representing clients in the marine, petrochemical, oil and gas and financial industries. Bob handles complex corporate, commercial and financial transactions and related litigation and regulatory compliance matters. He handles a wide variety of transactions and contracts, including financings, major industrial and port development projects, asset and stock sales and purchase, and public and private construction and supply contracts.  Bob has knowledge of environmental and maritime regulation, including Federal Maritime Commission, Maritime Administration and Coast Guard regulations, oil pollution, U.S. and foreign vessel documentation, and U.S. citizenship and vessel transfer requirements relating to U.S.-flag vessels.

Practice Areas

  • Admiralty & Maritime
  • Maritime Business & Finance Transactions
  • Government Relations & Regulatory
  • Business Transactions & Finance
  • Commercial Litigation

Education

  • Tulane Law School, J.D., 1987
  • Brandeis University, B.A., 1983

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, District of Columbia, New York, Texas

New Orleans Maritime Attorney Laura Avery
Laura Avery
 is an associate in the New Orleans office of King, Krebs & Jurgens practicing primarily in the areas of maritime personal injury, maritime contract disputes, casualty defense and commercial litigation. She earned her J.D. from Tulane University in 2014, where she graduated cum laude, served as a justice on the moot court board, and was president of the American Constitution Society. Laura also served as a judicial intern for Judge Lance Africk in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. She earned her B.F.A. at New York University.

Practice Areas

  • Admiralty & Maritime
  • Commercial Litigation
  • General Casualty Defense
  • Insurance Coverage and Defense

Education

  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2014
  • New York University, B.F.A., 2002

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, All Federal District Courts in Louisiana, U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals