Joshua S. Force

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Transportation & Maritime Attorney in New Orleans, LA

Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, L.L.C.
909 Poydras Street, Suite 2800
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: 504-299-2130
Fax: 504-299-2330
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2022
Licensed Since: 1992
Education: Harvard Law School
Practice Areas: Transportation/Maritime (40%), Business Litigation (30%), Insurance Coverage (20%), Appellate (10%)
Attorney Profile

Mr. Force practices in the areas of commercial litigation, admiralty, and complex insurance defense and coverage law and has represented clients at both the trial and appellate levels. Mr. Force is admitted to practice in Louisiana, Texas, and California and has practiced with law firms in each of those states. Mr. Force is an active member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, having served on its Board of Directors and as Chair of the MLA's Practice and Procedure and Young Lawyers Committees. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Benedict on Admiralty and Benedict's Maritime Bulletin, and the Secretary/Treasurer of the Tulane Admiralty Law Institute as well as a member of its Program and Planning Committees and National Advisory Board. Mr. Force is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Tulane Law School and teaches a course in Marine Pollution.  Mr. Force received his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Haverford College. Upon graduating from law school, Mr. Force served as a law clerk to the Honorable W. Eugene Davis of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

About Joshua S. Force

Admitted: 1992, Texas

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Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Evolution of Marine Pollution Law, 1966-2016, 91 Tul. L. Rev. 1009 (2017) (with Antonio J. Rodriguez, Michael A. Harowski, and David A. Freedman)
  • The Criminalization of Marine Pollution Under U.S. Law, 15 Benedict's Maritime Bulletin 1, First Quarter, 2017
  • Adjunct Associate Professor of Law, Tulane University School of Law, 2014 - 2017
  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Tulane University School of Law, 2017 to Present
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law, Tulane Law School, 2010 - 2014
  • Deepwater Horizon:  Removal Costs, Civil Damages, Crimes, Civil Penalties, and State Remedies in Oil Spill Cases, 85 Tul. L. Rev. 889 (2011) (co-authored with Profs. R. Force and M. Davies)
  • Lecturer in Law, Tulane University School of Law, 2007-2010
  • "Recent Developments in Marine Insurance Law," Maritime Law Association, Fall Meeting, October 14,1999
  • "’Default Remedies,’ Evictions: Residential and Commercial in Louisiana,” Lorman Education Series, 2000
  • "Allocation and Trigger in the Context of Long-Tail Litigation," Insurance Law in Louisiana, Lorman Education Series, 2000
  • "Ship Arrest and Attachment in the U.S.," Ship Arrest Seminar, Lloyd's List Events, Lloyd's Maritime Training Programme, 2001
  • "The Preemption Doctrine and Maritime Law," 20th New Orleans Fall Maritime Law Seminar, Tulane Law School, October 18, 2002
  • "State Attachment and Garnishment Procedures in Maritime Matters," Pacific Admiralty Seminar, The Bar Association of San Francisco, California, October 6, 2006
  • State Attachment and Garnishment Procedures in Maritime Matters: A Primer, 20 U.S.F. Mar. L.J. 1 (2007-08)
  • Sprietsma v. Mercury Marine: The Supreme Court Misses the Boat on Maritime Preemption, 27 Tul. Mar. L.J. 389 (2003)
  • Adjunct Lecturer in Law, Marine Pollution, Tulane University School of Law, 2004, 2007

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Tulane Admiralty Law Institute, National Advisory Board 2005 - Present; Planning and Program Committees, 2007 - Present; Secretary/Treasurer, 2014 - Present
  • American Maritime Cases, Editorial Fellow, 1999 - 2017
  • Benedict on Admiralty, Editor-in-Chief, 2012 - Present
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States, 1994 - Present  (Board of Directors, 2009 - 2012; Marine Insurance and General Average Committee, Secretary, 1998 - 2004; Practice and Procedure Committee, Chair, 2008 – 2012, Vice Chair, 2004 – 2008; Young Lawyers Committee, Chair, 2001 – 2003, Secretary, 1999-2001)
  • Benedict's Maritime Bulletin, Editorial Board, 2003 – Present; Managing Editor, 2009 – 2014; Editor-in-Chief, 2014 - Present


  • Best Lawyers in America since 2008, with special designations, during 2018 or a prior year, in Admiralty and Maritime Law, Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Litigation - Banking and Finance, Litigation - Real Estate, 2008 - 2018
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers, 2008 - 2018
  • Monte M. Lemann Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching, Tulane Law School, 2017
  • Daniel R. Ginsberg Leadership Award, 2008, Anti-Defamation League
  • CityBusiness Leadership in Law Honoree, 2014
  • Addison Brown Prize, Harvard Law School, 1991.  The bequest of Addison Brown, LL.B. 1855, established a prize to be awarded annually or biannually for the best essay written by a student on a subject related to private international law or maritime law.

Representative Clients

  • Versai Management Corp. v. Clarendon America Ins. Co., 597 F.2d 729 (5th Cir. 2010)
  • Morrell v. Alfortish, No. 10-924, WL 4668429 (E.D. La. 2010)
  • Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co. v. Vessel DRIVE OCEAN V, 2000 A.M.C. 1958 (S.D. Cal. 1998)
  • Lecy v. Bayliner Marine Corp., 973 P.2d 1110, 94 Wash.App. 949 (Wash. Ct. App. 1999)
  • Warn v. M/Y MARIDOME, 961 F.Supp. 1357 (S.D. Cal. 1997)
  • Warn v. M/Y MARIDOME, 169 F.3d 625 (9th Cir. 1999)
  • Gravolet v. Fair Grounds Corp., 878 So. 2d 900 (La. App. 4 Cir. 2004)
  • Jeansonne v. New York Life Ins., 11 So. 3d 1160 (La. App. 3 Cir. 2009)
  • LaSalle Bank, N.A. v. Mobile Hotel Properties, LLC, 367 F. Supp. 2d 1022 (E.D. La. 2004)
  • Travelers Cas. & Sur. Co. of America v. Wright Ins. Agency Inc., 404 F.3d 927 (5th Cir. 2005)
  • Safety Nat'l Cas. Corp. v. Certain Underwriters at Loyd's, London, 587 F.3d 714 (5th Cir. 2009)

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Civil/Commercial & Employment Mediation Training Certificate, Mediation Institute

Educational Background

  • Haverford College, B.A., 1988
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Office Location for Joshua S. Force

909 Poydras Street
Suite 2800
New Orleans, LA 70112

Last Updated: 7/13/2021

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