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ROBERT B. ACOMB, JR. Robert B. Acomb, Jr. 

Robert B. Acomb, Jr. is a senior partner of Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrère & Den&egravegre, L. L. P. Mr. Acomb is an adjunct professor of maritime law at Tulane School of Law, 1969-2001. Mr. Acomb is listed in Naifeh and Smith in The Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Acomb is a member of The Maritime Law Association of the United States; the chairman of the Admiralty Law Institute of Tulane University and the chairman of the Tulane Maritime Law Center and served as chairman of the Average Adjusters Association of the United States in 1992. Mr. Acomb is the author of case books Maritime Personal Injury and Death, 3rd Ed. 2001 and Collision and Limitation of Liability, 1997 and Moore's Federal Practice 3rd Ed. 2001, Chapter 707.01-02.; Vol. 4 Chapter Admiralty and Maritime Law, of Business and Commercial Litigation in in Federal Courts 1998.

Ed Anderson 

Ed Anderson is president of Shipworks Consulting LLC and works closely with BBC Chartering & Logistic GmbH & Co. KG of Leer, Germany and BBC (USA) LP of Houston, Texas as General Counsel for both companies. BBC specializes in project cargo and operates between 85 and 100 breakbulk vessels in the worldwide tramp trade. Mr. Anderson has been a member of the adjunct faculty at Tulane Law School since 1996 and teaches the course on charter parties. Prior to forming Shipworks in 2000, Mr. Anderson worked as Director of Contracts with Intermarine, Inc. which is also a breakbulk operator based in New Orleans. His law firm experience includes working at McGlinchey Stafford in New Orleans and Clyde & Co. in London. After receiving a JD from Tulane Law School in 1987, Mr. Anderson earned an LL.M. in Commercial Law at the University of Bristol (1988) and an LL.M. in Public Law (Maritime and Marine Law) from the University of Cape Town (1992). He has published a number of articles on maritime law including "Subject to Details" in Charter Party Negotiations, 26 TUL. MAR. L.J. 61 (Winter 2001); Principal Liability for Shipbrokers’ Representations: At the Crossroads of Chartering and Agency, 31 J. MAR. LAW & COMM.89 (January 2000); Shipbrokers’ Commission: Entitlement, Standing and Jurisdiction, 24 TUL. MAR. L.J. 55 (Winter 1999); The Nationality of Ships and Flags of Convenience: Economics, Politics and Alternatives, 21 TUL. MAR. L. J. 139 (Fall 1996); Assessing the Customary Freight Unit: A COGSA Quagmire, 8 U.S.F. MAR. L. J. 173 (Fall 1996) (co-authored); and Applicable Arbitration Rules for Maritime Disputes in Australia and Hong Kong, 6 U.S.F. MAR.L.J. 387 (Spring 1994). Mr. Anderson has also taught maritime law at the Odessa Law Institute under a program sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development.

MICHAEL BUTTERWORTH Michael Butterworth 

Professor Butterworth went to sea for several years, as seaman and officer, aboard many types of cargo and towing vessels, ultimately obtaining a Master's License (1600 ton, Oceans, Radar Endorsement). He has practiced maritime law on the U.S. West Coast and U.S. Gulf Coast, is a member of the Louisiana and Washington State Bar Associations, and is a partner at Terriberry, Carroll & Yancey, one of New Orleans' oldest P&I/Hull Club defense firms. His primary practice areas are collision, cargo and longshoreman/harbor worker personal injury defense. He likes to fish, and he has been an Advisory Editor of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal for many years. His teaching is in the area of cargo law.

Richard A. Cozad 

Richard A. Cozad was born in Washington, D.C. in 1949. Mr. Cozad came to New Orleans, Louisiana to attend Loyola University of the South, receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1972. Mr. Cozad then enrolled at Tulane Law School, receiving a Juris Doctor Degree in 1976. While at Tulane, Mr. Cozad was a member of the Southern Regional and International Moot Court Teams and an alternate on the National Moot Court Team. Upon graduating from Law School in 1976, Mr. Cozad was admitted to the Louisiana State Bar and went to work as a law clerk for the Honorable Nauman S. Scott, Chief Judge of the Federal Courts for the Western District of Louisiana. Upon completion of his clerkship in 1978, Mr. Cozad entered the private practice of law in New Orleans, Louisiana with the law firm of Johnson & McAlpine and currently practices with the firm of McAlpine & Cozad. Mr. Cozad's practice includes maritime casualty matters, insurance coverage disputes and pollution claims. In 1995, Mr. Cozad returned to Tulane Law School and received an L.L.M. in 1997 in Energy and Environmental Law. Mr. Cozad and his wife, Kate, have four children and live in Metairie, Louisiana.

ANDREW S. DE KLERK Andrew S. de Klerk 

Andrew de Klerk was born in Cape Town, South Africa. After compulsory military service in the South African Navy, he obtained B.Comm. and LL.B. degrees from the University of Stellenbosch. He obtained an LL.M. in Admiralty from Tulane Law School in 1980, graduating with distinction. He practiced as an attorney with Deneys Reitz in Johannesburg, South Africa before joining Lemle & Kelleher, L.L.P. in New Orleans as an associate, later becoming a partner. He has been an adjunct faculty member since 1983 and is now an Adjunct Professor. In 1994, he resigned from Lemle & Kelleher with seventeen other partners and became one of the founding partners of Frilot, Partridge, Kohnke & Clements, L.C. of New Orleans. He is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Admiralty Law Institute and the Advisory Committee of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal. He teaches Marine Insurance I.

CHARLES LUGENBUHL Charles Lugenbuhl 

Mr. Lugenbuhl was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. He attended public schools in New Orleans and did his undergraduate work at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. He received his law degree from Tulane University in 1951. He is a member of the New Orleans and Louisiana State Bar Associations and is a life member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States. He has been a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers since 1975.

In his long career he has engaged in a diversified practice, including maritime and general corporate matters with a particular emphasis on litigation. He is admitted to practice law in the state and federal courts of Louisiana and the Supreme Court of the United States. He has been a member of the Adjunct Faculty of Tulane Law School since 1973 and is now a full Professor of Law at that school. He has served on the Permanent Advisory Board of the Admiralty Law Institute of Tulane University since 1977 and is now Vice Chairman of that Board. He has been a member of that institute's faculty and has served as its Program and Planning Committee Chairman. He continues to practice law in the areas of maritime law, insurance coverage and civil litigation.

ROBERT P. MCCLESKEY, JR. Robert P. McCleskey, Jr. 

Bob McCleskey, Jr. is a partner in the admiralty group in the New Orleans office of Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard. Mr. McCleskey practices in the areas of maritime defense, longshore and worker's compensation defense, insurance coverage litigation, charter litigation/negotiation/counseling, and shipbuilding litigation and contract counseling. Mr. McCleskey received a JD from Louisiana State University in 1979. Mr McCleskey is a Member of the Louisiana State Bar Association; the New Orleans Bar Association; the State Bar of Texas; Fifth Circuit Bar Association; the U.S. Supreme Court Bar Association; the Maritime Law Association of the United States (Vice-Chairman, Maritime Personnel Subcommittee); the New Orleans Association of Defense Counsel; the Defense Research Institute; the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute (Director, 1984-1986, 1996-1997). Mr. McCleskey is an Adjunct Professor at Tulane University Law School where he teaches "Limitation of Liability and the Law of Collision" within the admiralty curriculum and LL.M. program.

WILLIAM E. O'NEIL William E. O'Neil 

Bill received his B.A. in 1964 from Tulane University. He attended the University of Connecticut Law School and Loyola University School of Law (Law Review), receiving his J.D. in 1968. He was admitted to the Louisiana bar in 1969 and is currently the Managing Member of the law firm of The O’Neil Group, L.L.C. He is a member of the American Bar Association and served as Chairman of their Standing Committee on Admiralty and Maritime Law from 1988 through 1990. He is a Professor of Law (Adjunct) at Tulane Law School where he has taught Marine Insurance, Tugs and Towage, Regulation of Shipping and Commerce, and International Law of Tug and Tow for over twenty years. He is a member of the Tulane Admiralty Law Institute Advisory Board and Co-Chairman of the Tulane New Orleans Maritime Seminar. He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Louisiana Trial Lawyer’s Association, and the Maritime Law Association of the United States. He has taught International Law at Tulane’s summer programs in Siena, Italy. Recent articles include Suit Against the Master (1995) and Insuring Contractual Indemnity Agreements Under CGL, MGL and P&I Policies, 21 TUL. MAR. L.J. 359 (1997).

DAVID B. SHARPE David B. Sharpe 

David Sharpe is a partner in the New Orleans law firm, Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard. Mr. Sharpe co-teaches Tugs & Towage law with the firm's senior partner, Charles Lugenbuhl. Mr. Sharpe's primary area of practice is maritime law, with an emphasis on commercial matters and marine casualty litigation. Owing in part to his electrical engineering background, Mr. Sharpe closely follows developments in e-commerce as it pertains to maritime trade and transportation, and has spoken on the subject in the U.S. and in London.
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