Paul M. Sterbcow

Top rated Transportation & Maritime attorney in New Orleans, Louisiana

Lewis, Kullman, Sterbcow & Abramson, LLC
Paul M. Sterbcow
Lewis, Kullman, Sterbcow & Abramson, LLC

Practice Areas: Transportation & Maritime, Aviation & Aerospace, Personal Injury

Licensed in Louisiana since: 1986

Education: Tulane University Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2024

Lewis, Kullman, Sterbcow & Abramson, LLC

601 Poydras Street
Suite 2615
New Orleans, LA 70130 Visit website


Paul M. Sterbcow is managing partner of Lewis, Kullman, Sterbcow & Abramson in New Orleans. While Mr. Sterbcow's scope of practice is interdisciplinary, including business and general civil litigation matters, he is particularly well-versed in admiralty law, a field that includes everything from injury claims by offshore oil rig drillers to complex claims involving federal statutes such as the Oil Pollution Act. He is one of 17 attorneys appointed by a federal judge to handle MDL cases against the oil and industrial corporations involved in the massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He served as co-lead counsel of the liability trial team in the MDL.

Recent cases include Mr. Sterbcow's representation of the family of an African-American college student killed by the bouncers at a New Orleans bar, representation of 28 Louisiana rice farmers against an agricultural conglomerate that allegedly contaminated their crops with genetically engineered rice seed and representation of an offshore oilfiled worker who suffered serious brain damage in a helicopter crash. In addition, he has represented hundreds of commercial fishermen, property owners, divers and business owners whose livelihoods were threatened following the BP oil spill.

Mr. Sterbcow practices in Louisiana and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Western and Middle Districts of Louisiana and the Southern District of Alabama. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice and the Louisiana Association for Justice, in which he has held multiple leadership positions. He is a fellow in the Amercan College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.

A prolific author and lecturer, Mr. Sterbcow has delivered dozens of talks on topics ranging from maritime law to personal injury for conferences and CLE seminars around the country. He received his undergraduate degree with a B.S. in Political Science from Tulane University in 1982 and his Juris Doctor from Tulane Law School in 1986.

Practice areas

Transportation/Maritime, Aviation and Aerospace, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 80% Transportation/Maritime
  • 10% Aviation and Aerospace
  • 10% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1986, Louisiana

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Member, American Association for Justice, Admiralty and Professional Negligence Sections
  • Chair, Louisiana Association of Justice, Maritime Law Section
  • U.S. District Courts Eastern Districts of Louisiana, 1986
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • Board of Governors, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, 1997
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Louisiana, 1986
  • U.S. District Courts Southern Districts of Louisiana
  • Member, Louisiana Association for Justice
  • Advisory Board, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, 1996
  • Chair, American Association for Justice, Admiralty Section, 2001 - 2002
  • Maritime Law Association
  • U.S. District Courts Western Districts of Louisiana, 1986
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • President's Award, Louisiana Association of justice, 2010
Educational Background:
  • Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, B.S. in Political Science, 1982

Office location for Paul M. Sterbcow

601 Poydras Street
Suite 2615
New Orleans, LA 70130

Phone: 504-588-1500

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