R. Joshua Koch, Jr.

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Top Rated Transportation & Maritime Attorney in New Orleans, LA

Koch & Schmidt
 | 650 Poydras Street, Suite 2660
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: 504-208-9040
Fax: 504-208-9041
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1978
Practice Areas:
  • Transportation/Maritime (60%),
  • Business Litigation (20%),
  • General Litigation (20%)
Attorney Profile

R. Joshua Koch, Jr., is a partner at Koch & Schmidt, located in New Orleans, Louisiana. Representing clients throughout the southeastern portion of the state, he focuses his practice on admiralty and maritime law, business litigation, commercial real estate transactions and business counseling and formation. Mr. Koch has served as general counsel to a publicly traded oil and gas company and regularly counsels private companies with respect to their business needs.

Mr. Koch obtained his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma in 1975. He then went on to attend Tulane University Law School and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1978. Admitted to practice in both Louisiana and Texas, he has handled maritime litigation matters throughout his career.

Highly regarded by his fellow professionals for his zealous advocacy and high ethical standards, Mr. Koch has received an AV Preeminent* peer-review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. Freely sharing his background and experience with both law students and fellow members of the bar, he has served as a faculty member for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy as well as for the trial advocacy programs of both Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and Tulane University Law School. His clients have been varied, including both public and private companies, marine insurers, river pilots, crew members, international and domestic vessel owners, divers and offshore personnel.

An active participant in several professional organizations, Mr. Koch is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the New Orleans Bar Association, the Maritime Law Association of the United States and the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute. He has lectured on maritime law and is a contributing editor to a Louisiana-based maritime publication.

*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 confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Transportation/Maritime (60%): Admiralty & Maritime Law

Business Litigation (20%)

General Litigation (20%): Litigation

Focus Areas

Admiralty & Maritime Law, Litigation


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Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2020

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About Joshua Koch, Jr.

Admitted: 1978, Louisiana

Professional Webpage: https://www.kochschmidt.com/Our-Firm/R-J-Koch-Jr.shtml


  • "AV" rating by the Martindale Hubbell

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Tulane University Law School Trial Skills Faculty
  • Louisiana Bar Association
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Association
  • Texas
  • Maritime Law Association
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • Louisiana
  • New Orleans Bar Association

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Speaker, Seventh Annual OMSA/Loyola College of Law Industry Seminar, Vessel Owner/Operators/ Marine Insurance, 2014

Educational Background:

  • University of Oklahoma, B.B.A., 1975

Industry Groups

  • Diving
  • Maritime; Oil And Gas
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Office Location for R. Joshua Koch, Jr.

650 Poydras Street
Suite 2660
New Orleans, LA 70130

Phone: 504-208-9040

Fax: 504-208-9041

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Last Updated: 9/27/2019

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