Georges M. Legrand

Top rated Transportation & Maritime attorney in New Orleans, Louisiana

Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett
Georges M. Legrand
Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett

Practice Areas: Transportation & Maritime, Business & Corporate

Licensed in Louisiana since: 1979

Education: Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2024

Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett

701 Poydras Street
Suite 600
New Orleans, LA 70139 Phone: 504-595-3000 Email: Georges M. Legrand Visit website


Member Georges Legrand, who is one of the firm founders, has more than 40 years of experience as a litigator. His practice focuses on defense of maritime personal injury and property damage claims on the river and offshore, as well as insurance, transportation, and contractual matters. Georges has litigated claims for clients ranging from international Fortune 500 companies and national insurers to local boat operators. As supported by the peer honors he has received, including Super Lawyers and New Orleans Magazine Top Lawyers, Georges has developed a reputation as one of the top attorneys in admiralty and maritime law and transportation. Georges also maintains an"AV-Preeminent" rating, which is the highest possible, from Martindale-Hubbell, from both his peers and the judiciary.

Born and raised in New Orleans, as one of nine children Georges learned the value of conscientiousness and teamwork at an early age. He worked in the offshore boat industry during college, giving him insight into common issues that can arise from marine transportation. He is known for representing his clients with integrity and professionalism, and goes above and beyond to resolve their issues on the best possible terms. “Clients should be entitled to know that they are going to get a first-class work product. I am always prepared. Given the unexpected in the marine industry, I am available 24/7 to my clients and take the time to develop long-term relationships with them. Their business is important to me.”

Georges is active in his profession. He was a founder and served as Chairman of the Offshore Marine Service Association’s Industry Seminar for ten years. He has addressed maritime and casualty law seminars and made presentations to insurance and commercial clients on risk management, insurance coverage and contractual liability.

He believes that being a member of the community is an important part of his practice of law. He has been highly involved with his church and received the Order of St. Louis Medallion, awarded by the Archdiocese of New Orleans for outstanding service. He has also been a longtime volunteer in the Boys Scouts of America. In his spare time, he enjoys many activities with his wife and four children.

First Admitted: 1979, Louisiana

Professional Webpage:

Firm News (Newsletters):
  • Since Congress never defined the term “seaman,” the definition of and distinction between employees entitled to benefits under the Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act (“LHWCA”) as opposed to the Jones Act, has been the subject of extensive litigation and courts have struggled to establish workable tests to define the word “seaman.” In a recent en banc opinion in Gilbert Sanchez v. Smart Fabricators of Texas, LLC, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals further clarified the necessary criteria required for a land-based worker to qualify as a Jones Act seaman. In doing so, the court questioned and limited two prior Fifth Circuit decisions which had improperly expanded the scope of seaman status., Jones Act Status Limited – Land-Based Welder Not a Seaman
  • Transportation/Maritime (2014-2021), Louisiana Super Lawyers
  • AV-Preeminent – By Judiciary, Martindale-Hubbell
  • AV-Preeminent (30 years), Martindale-Hubbell
  • Leadership in Law Award Hall of Fame (2007, 2017, 2021)      , New Orleans CityBusiness
  • Top Lawyers – Admiralty and Maritime Law (2016, 2018, 2019, 2020), New Orleans Magazine
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Founding Chairman/Moderator, Industry Seminar, Offshore Marine Service Association (2006-2015)
  • Presentation on Section 905(B) Liabilities, Contractual Indemnity and Recoverability of Punitive Damages under General Maritime Law, Presenter, Presentation - Maritime Law Issues - RLI Insurance Annual Meeting, Marine Insurance, 2019
  • Presenter, “Marine Insurance Policies,” OMSA, Legal Forum, New Orleans (November 2008)
  • Presenter, U.S. Coast Guard Open Forum, New Orleans (November 2007)
Educational Background:
  • Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, Loyola Law Review (J.D. 1979)
  • University of New Orleans (B.S. 1976)
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • American Bar Association, Member; Past Vice Chair, Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee of the Torts and Insurance Practice Section
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, Member
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Member
  • Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, Member
  • Louisiana Association of Self-Insured Employers, Member
  • Mariner’s Club Port of New Orleans, Member
  • Maritime Law Association, Member
  • Offshore Marine Service Association, Chairman, Legal Subcommittee (1995-2015)
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Order of St. Louis Medallion - Archdiocese of New Orleans
Representative Clients:
  • Carline Management Company, Inc., 1986
  • B & J Martin,Inc., 1988
  • Louisiana Towing, Inc., 2007
  • Louisiana Marine Operators, LLC, 2014
  • Chem Carriers, LLC, 2015
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • St. Catherine of Siena Church, Past Chairman of the Pastoral Council and service in multiple capacities, 2000
  • Volunteer- Ozanam Inn, 2016
  • Usher’s Society, President, 2004
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Dismissal on Summary Judgment- Jones Act and General Maritime Law Claims - Anthony Douglas v Chem Carriers, LLC, 2019

Office location for Georges M. Legrand

701 Poydras Street
Suite 600
New Orleans, LA 70139


11 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2024

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