Larry Curtis

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Top Rated Transportation & Maritime Attorney in Lafayette, LA

Larry Curtis, APLC
 | 300 Rue Beauregard, Building C
Lafayette, LA 70508-3281
Phone: 337-235-1825
Fax: 337-237-0241
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1978
Practice Areas:
  • Transportation/Maritime (80%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%)
Attorney Profile

Larry Curtis is the leading partner of the law firm Larry Curtis, maritime attorney, in Lafayette, Louisiana. As a personal injury attorney, his primary focus is on representing maritime workers and their families in cases that involve offshore drilling rigs or platforms, offshore oil and gas production platforms, supply boats, utility boats, crew boats, construction barges, pipe-laying barges, dynamically positioned vessels, seismic vessels, jack-up boats and dive boats.

In one landmark case, Clausen vs. Icicle Seafoods, Mr. Curtis and a colleague obtained $1.3 million in punitive damages for a seaman who was injured while working on a fish-processing barge. The case is believed to have been the first punitive damage award against a shipowner since the U.S. Supreme Court's final ruling in the case of Atlantic Sounding Inc. vs. Townsend. Mr. Curtis also holds an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in the Martindale-Hubbell bar register of Preeminent Lawyers for admiralty/maritime law and personal injury law.

In addition to his legal activities, Mr. Curtis hosts a local TV program on Catholic social teaching once a month, which focuses on the seven values of Catholic social thought regarding the sanctity and fundamental rights of humanity.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell peer review ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Transportation/Maritime (80%)

Personal Injury - General (20%)

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 13 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2019

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About Larry Curtis

Admitted: 1978, Louisiana

Professional Webpage: http://www.larrycurtis.com/attorneys/lawrence-curtis/

Honors/Awards:

  •  2019 “Lawyer of the Year” by the Woodward/White publication Best Lawyers® in the practice area of Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, Lafayette, LA, Best Lawyera, 2019
  • 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” by the Woodward/White publication Best Lawyers® in the practice area of Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, Lafayette, LA
  • 2014 “Lawyer of the Year” by the Woodward/White publication Best Lawyers® in the practice area of Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs for the metropolitan area of Baton Rouge, which includes the City of Lafayette
  • Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White), 2008 - Present
  • Who's Who in American Law, 1996
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers (Admiralty/Maritime Law; Personal Injury), 2003 - Present
  • The Academy of Trial Advocacy, 2006 - Present
  • Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, AV Rating (Highest Rating), 1998 - Present
  • The Aletheia Institute, Founding Member, 2008 - Present
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 1996 
  • St. John's University, Alumni Outstanding Achievement Medal, 1994

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Louisiana, 1978
  • Member, Lafayette Bar Association, 1980 - Present (Board of Directors, 2006 - 2009; Secretary/Treasurer, 2009 - 2010; President-Elect, 2010 - 2011; President, 2011 - 2012; Immediate Past President, 2012 - 2013)
  • U.S District Court Western District of Arkansas
  • U. S. District Court Western District of Texas
  • U. S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U. S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana
  • Member, Maritime Law Association of the United States, 1997 - Present
  • Member, Association of Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America, 2007 - Present
  • Member, Inn of Court of Acadiana (Master of the Bench 1994 - Present)
  • Member, Federal Bar Association, 1978 - Present
  • Member, Louisiana Association for Justice, 1978 - Present (President's Advisory Council, 1987 - 1989; Board of Governors, 1989 - 1991 and 2002 - 2003;  Council of Directors, 2007 - 2011; Chair, Maritime Law Section, 2010 - 2011)
  • Member, American Association for Justice, 1978 - Present
  • Member, Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit, 1985 - Present
  • Member, American Bar Association, 1978 - Present
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Member, Louisiana Bar Association, 1978 - Present

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Publications Chairman, Middlesboro Kiwanis Club, 1986 - 1987
  • Board Member, Sunday School Teacher-Trinity United Methodist Church

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • "Louisiana Appellate Court Decides Important Maritime Jurisdiction Case", Louisiana Advocates, (December, 2013)
  • "Maritime Punitive Damages: The Cutting Edge - Clausen v. Icicle Seafoods, Inc," High Stakes on the High Seas, Louisiana Association for Justice, New Orleans, Louisiana (August 12, 2011)
  • "Case Wreckers: The ME and Other Defense Experts," Last Chance CLE, and CLE a la Carte, Louisiana Association for Justice, New Orleans, Louisiana (December 9, 2010 and December 30, 2010)
  •  "Maritime Punitive Damages: Catch a Rising Star-Clausen v. Icicle Seafoods, Inc," High Stakes on the High Seas, Louisiana Association for Justice, New Orleans, Louisiana (August 13, 2010)
  • "Assessing the Case for the Plaintiff, Fundamentals of Civil Litigation," LSU Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (April 10, 2008)
  • "The Railroad Crossing Case," Auto Torts in Louisiana, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (March 8, 2002)
  • "Louisiana Procedure," 2001 Last Chance Seminar - Review of Louisiana Law, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, New Orleans, Louisiana (December 7, 2001)
  • "Accident Reconstruction, Car Wrecks II: A Roadmap for Winning Your Case, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association," Baton Rouge, Louisiana (March 30, 2001)
  • "Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure: Last Chance Seminar, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association," New Orleans, Louisiana (December 16, 1999)
  • "Direct Examination: Your Client, Your Witness, The Big Picture of Your Case, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association," New Orleans, Louisiana (October 30, 1998)
  • "Effective Cross Examination of Medical Doctors: The Ten Most Important Questions to Ask," Car Wrecks Seminar, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (November 14, 1997)
  • "Current Update on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, 1995 Yours to Choose Seminar,"  Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (December 28, 1995)
  • "A Practical Guide to Federal Court Rules & Procedure in Louisiana," National Business Institute, Inc., Lafayette, Louisiana (October 24, 1995)
  • "Pre-Trial Discovery," Retainer to Verdict Seminar, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (May 25, 1990)
  • "Recent Case Law on Closing Arguments," Holiday Seminar, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, San Antonio, Texas (December 1, 1989)
  • Opening Statement for the Plaintiff, "Your Case ... From Start to Finish Seminar," Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, New Orleans, Louisiana (November 12, 1988)
  • "Plaintiff's Intoxication as Contributory Negligence in Motor Vehicle Death, Spring Seminar," Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, Point Clear, Alabama (April 3, 1985)

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Champagne v. Am. Alt. Ins. Corp., 112 So.3d 179 (La. 2013)
  • Richard v. Apache Corp., 111 So.3d 1156 (La.App. 3 Cir. 3/20/2013)
  • Clausen v. Icicle Seafoods, Inc., 174 Wn.2d 70; 272 P.3d 827 (2012)
  • Sepulvado v. Alpha Drilling, LLC, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 78337 (W.D. La. Aug. 2, 2010)
  • Clausen v. Icicle Seafoods, Inc., 2010 A.M.C.793
  • Capozzi v. Atwood Oceanics, Inc., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 91911 (W.D. La. Sept. 20, 2009)
  • Tobeh v. Brown Water Marine Service, Inc., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 76834 (W.D. La. Aug. 27, 2009)
  • Linton v. Shell Oil Co., 563 F. 3d 556 (5th Cir. 2009)
  • In re Omega Protein, Inc., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17917 (W.D. La. March 9, 2007)
  • Renfro v. Burlington Northern & Santa Fe RR, 06-952 (La. App. 3rd. Cir. 12/06/06); 945 So. 2d 857
  • Lambert v. Diamond "M" Drilling Co., 683 F. 2d 935 (5th Cir. 1982)
  • Landry v. Apache Corp., 2008 U.S. Dist LEXIS 1754 (W.D. La., Jan. 7, 2008)
  • Fontenot v. Patterson Ins., 972 So. 2d 401 (La. App. 3rd. Cir. 2007)
  • Boutte v. Fireman's Fund County Mut. Ins. Co., 930 So. 2d 305 (La. App. 3rd. Cir. 2006)
  • Delcambre v. Blood Systems, 893 So.2d 23 (La. 2005)
  • Fontenot v. Dual, 179 F. 3rd. 969 (5th Cir.1999)
  • Matter of TT Boat Corp., 1999 WL 223165 (E.D. La. 1999)
  • Marceaux v. Conoco, Inc., 124 F.3d 730 (5th Cir. 1997)
  • Fitch v. Vintage Petroleum, Inc., 652 So.2d 998 (La. App. 3rd Cir. 1994)
  • Miguez v. Southern Pacific Transp. Co., 645 So.2d 1184 (La. App. 3rd Cir. 1994)
  • Wright v. Otis Engineering Corp., 643 So.2d 484 (La. App. 3rd Cir. 1994)
  • Henderson v. Domingue, 626 So.2d 555 (La. App. 3rd Cir. 1993)
  • Arnaud v. Commercial Union Ins. Co., 594 So.2d 992 (La. App. 3rd Cir. 1992)
  • Matter of Talbot Big Foot, 924 F.2d 85 (5th Cir. 1991)
  • Matter of Talbot Big Foot, 887 F.2d 611 (5th Cir. 1989)
  • Matter of Talbot Big Foot, 854 F.2d 758 (5th Cir. 1988)
  • Lazzell v. Booker Drilling Co., 816 F.2d 196 (5th Cir. 1987)
  • Moody v. Arabie, 498 So.2d 1081 (La. 1986)

Educational Background:

  • St. John's University, Queens, New York, B.A., 1974
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Office Location for Larry Curtis

300 Rue Beauregard
Building C
Lafayette, LA 70508-3281

Phone: 337-235-1825

Fax: 337-237-0241

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Last Updated: 6/13/2017

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