Richard J. Dodson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Transportation & Maritime Attorney in Baton Rouge, LA

Dodson & Hooks, APLC
 | 112 Founders Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70810
Phone: 225-756-0222
Fax: 225-756-0025
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1966
Practice Areas:
  • Transportation/Maritime (80%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%)
    Attorney Profile

    Attorney Richard J. Dodson is a partner with the Dodson & Hooks, APLC, law firm in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. A top-rated, award-winning trial attorney with more than 53 years of legal experience, Mr. Dodson represents a diverse range of clients throughout the state who have legal needs involving any of the following:

    · Admiralty and maritime law

    · Personal injury defense

    · Plaintiff personal injury claims

    A 1984 graduate of Louisiana State University, Mr. Dodson returned to his alma mater and obtained his Juris Doctor from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 1966. The Louisiana State Bar Association admitted him to practice that same year, and he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Louisiana, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the U.S. Tax Court.

    A recognized leader in his field, Mr. Dodson has served as a legal professor at Southern University Law School since 1967, and he is also a faculty member of the Tulane Summer School Program in Greece, where he facilitates classes involving international admiralty and maritime personal injury. Moreover, he is a designated Proctor in Admiralty, and he has published articles and conducted lectures and seminars across his region on a variety of legal topics.

    Highly active in his legal community, Mr. Dodson is the former president of the Louisiana Association for Justice, and he is a member of the American Bar Association, the Louisiana State and Baton Rouge Bar Associations, the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, the Maritime Law Association of the United States, and the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute.

    Practice Areas
    • 80%Transportation/Maritime
    • 20%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    Focus Areas

    Admiralty & Maritime Law, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents


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    Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2021

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    About Richard Dodson

    Admitted: 1966, Louisiana

    Professional Webpage:


    • Proctor in Admiralty
    • Louisiana Super Lawyers 2012

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • American Bar Association, Member
    • President, Louisiana Association for Justice (LAJ), 2010-2011
    • Louisiana Association for Justice, Member
    • Louisiana State Bar Association, Member
    • Baton Rouge Bar Association, Member
    • U.S. Tax Court, 1968
    • Louisiana, 1966
    • U.S. Supreme Court, 1971
    • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1968
    • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana, 1966
    • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 1966

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Professor, Southern University Law School, Baton Rouge, LA (since 1967), 1967 – Present


    • Raby v. M/V PINE FOREST(W.D.Wash. 1990)
    • Geguera v. Medscope Marine Ltd., 1991 WL 260457 (M.D.La. 1991)
    • Castillo v. Spiliada Maritime Corp., 937 F.2d 240 (C.A.5 (La.) 1991)
    • Angad v. M/V FAREAST TRADER, 1989 WL 201605 (S.D.Tex. 1989)
    • Raby v. M/V Pine Forest, 918 F.2d 80 (C.A.9 (Wash.) 1990)

    Educational Background:

    • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, B.A. – 1964
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    Office Location for Richard J. Dodson

    112 Founders Drive
    Baton Rouge, LA 70810

    Phone: 225-756-0222

    Fax: 225-756-0025

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