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Jim BercawJim 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.  Jim is motivated by familiarity with and enjoyment of the practice, “There are real word problems, requiring timely and correct solutions and I enjoy being a part of that process.”  Between a deep knowledge and understanding of recurring issues, coupled with the ability to craft novel and efficient resolutions of any disputes his contributions take on regulatory changes in the offshore industry.

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 Joey Devall is an attorney in the firm’s New Orleans office and 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

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

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana

Benjamin GonsoulinBenjamin Gonsoulin practices in the New Orleans office of King Krebs & Jurgens in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Construction Litigation, Products Liability, Admiralty & Maritime, and Corporate & Commercial Law and Advices.

Ben graduated from Vanderbilt University Law School, where he was a Chancellor’s Law Scholar and on the Dean’s List. While at Vanderbilt, he was a member of the Moot Court Board, and was the recipient of Vanderbilt’s Law and Business Certificate.

Ben is a native of Baton Rouge, and received his B.A. degree magna cum laude from Louisiana State University with a major in political science.

Practice Areas

  • Admiralty & Maritime
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • Corporate and Commercial Law and Advices
  • Products Liability

Education

  • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 2012
  • Louisiana State University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2009

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Louisiana
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Photo of Douglas P. MatthewsDoug Matthews has practiced law in New Orleans for 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,  B.A., 1972
  • Loyola University of New Orleans School of Law, J.D., 1977

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana

Megan MiskoMegan Misko is a member at King, Krebs & Jurgens P.L.L.C., and practices primarily in the areas of maritime personal injury litigation, products liability, construction law and environmental law. She also has experience handling environmental matters and Defense Base Act cases.

 

 

Practice Areas

  • Construction Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • Admiralty & Maritime

Education

  • Tulane University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2005
  • Centenary College of Louisiana, B.A., magna cum laude, history, 2002

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana
  • Tennessee
  • Texas

Robert StefaniBob Stefani is a member of the firm, and 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 special expertise in 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.  He also advises business owners on corporate organization, governance, succession and ownership matters.  Additionally, Bob represents companies in resolving commercial disputes, workouts, collections, complex reorganization and liquidation cases and the prosecution and defense of bankruptcy-related claims.

Before joining the firm in 1998, Bob was a partner at a large multi-practice firm in Washington, D.C. He received a 2011 Leadership in Law Award from New Orleans CityBusiness, and is among a select group of lawyers listed in The Best Lawyers in America.

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
  • New York
  • District of Columbia
  • Texas