W. Sean O'Neil

Litigation Attorney (Maritime)

Location
Houston, Texas Area
Industry
Law Practice
Current
  1. W. Sean O'Neil, Attorney at Law
Previous
  1. Legge Farrow Kimmitt McGrath & Brown, LLP,
  2. Phelps Dunbar LLP,
  3. O'Neil, Eichin, Miller, Saporito & Harris
Education
  1. Tulane University Law School
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Background

Summary

Over seventeen years of legal experience practicing in federal and state courts in Louisiana and Texas. Experience in drafting and arguing motions, taking and defending depositions, mediating cases, participating in pre-trial conferences and trying cases with a specialty in marine and energy matters.

Specialties: Experienced litigator for marine, oil & energy industry, International Law, Contract Disputes, Torts, Products Liability, Personal Injury, Cargo loss and damage, Collision and Salvage, Drafted, revised and negotiated commercial business transactions and represented parties in U.S. Coast Guard casualty investigations, administrative proceedings and civil litigation.

Experience

W. Sean O'Neil, Attorney at Law
– Present (7 years 6 months)

Litigation Attorney (Maritime)

Legge Farrow Kimmitt McGrath & Brown, LLP
(5 years 11 months)

Litigation Associate (Maritime) at boutique oil/energy & marine firm in Houston, Texas. Legal experience in marine, energy, oil exploration and production and contract disputes. Handling tort, products liability, personal injury, cargo loss and damage, collision, salvage and other maritime cases. Drafting, revising and participating in commercial business transactions. Representing parties in U.S. Coast Guard casualty investigations, administrative proceedings and civil litigation. Representing domestic and international liability insurance companies in regard to coverage issues and claims for energy, CGL, MGL, MEL, hull and P&I policies.

Litigation Attorney (Maritime Group)

Phelps Dunbar LLP
(2 years 5 months)

Legal experience representing shipowners, tug and barge operators, ship pilots, individual mariners and underwriters in litigation involving complex collisions, casualties, cargo losses, insurance coverage and charter party disputes, property damage, and environmental pollution. Handled cases involving the Jones Act, the Shipowners' Limitation of Liability Act, the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and the exercise of provisional remedies such as arrest and attachment. Trial experience in state and federal courts. Extensive and varied deposition and motion practice. Wrote briefs and memoranda for state and federal courts, as well as the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Litigation Associate (Maritime)

O'Neil, Eichin, Miller, Saporito & Harris
(2 years 7 months)

Legal experience handling cases for shipowners, charterers, tug and barge operators, commercial fishing interests, cargo interests and stevedores. Took and defended depositions and argued multiple motions in state and federal courts. Assisted in preparation of briefs and memoranda for state and federal courts including the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Second chair at trials in state and federal courts.

Skills

  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Torts
  • Dispute Resolution
  • International Law
  • Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Arbitration
  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Law
  • Mediation
  • Maritime Law
  • Trial Practice
  • Corporate Law
  • Personal Injury...
  • Toxic Tort
  • Liability
  • Trials
  • Legal Writing
  • Dispute
  • Courts
  • Depositions
  • Appeals
  • Alternative Dispute...
  • Insurance
  • Litigation Management
  • Claim
  • Public Liability
  • Construction Law
  • Wrongful Death
  • Business Litigation
  • Motions
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Education

Tulane University Law School

JD, Law

Cum Laude and Certificate of Maritime Law

Activities and Societies: Order of the Barristers, Winner: Intraschool Senior Appellate Competition

Choate Rosemary Hall

St. Martin's Episcopal School

Additional Info

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    • Golf,
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    • Tennis,
    • Physical Fitness and Computers/Technology
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Honors & Awards

Speaker: “Mediation, Arbitration and Dispute Resolution/Arrests & Liens,” THE OXFORD BUNKER COURSE (ADVANCED), HOUSTON 2011
Speaker: "Recent Developments and Trends in Maritime Personal Injury" - MARITIME LAW ASSOCIATION Fall Meeting 2007,
Co-Instructor: “Understanding the Complexities of Offshore and Onshore Terminal Requirements and Approvals” - COMMERCIAL STRATEGIES FOR LNG SUPPLY 2006,
Speaker: “Handling Maritime Personal Injury Cases” - HOUSTON CLAIMS ASSOCIATION 2006,
Speaker: “Admiralty Update” - 19TH ADVANCED PERSONAL INJURY LAW COURSE 2003,
Member of Planning Committee and Moderator: “Digital Information and Its Impact on Marine Claims Surveys and Litigation” - 19TH TULANE NEW ORLEANS MARITIME SEMINAR,
Moderator: “The Advent of the Paperless Courtroom” 17TH TULANE NEW ORLEANS MARITIME SEMINAR,

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