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Paul M. SterbcowManaging Partner

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AREAS OF PRACTICE
  • Admiralty Law
  • Civil Litigation
  • Litigation Percentage 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation


EDUCATION

  • Tulane University, B.S. Political Science, 1982
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., 1986


LEGAL EXPERIENCE

  • January 2014 to present – Managing Partner
  • June 1994 to December 2014, Partner – Lewis, Kullman, Sterbcow & Abramson
  • September 1988 to May 1994 Partner – Fraser and Sterbcow
  • May 1986 to August 1988 Associate – Abbott, Webb, Best & Meeks


BAR ADMISSIONS

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit


MEMBERSHIPS

  • Fellow, The International College of Trial Lawyers, 2015
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2014
  • New Orleans Bar Association
    • Board of Directors, 2012-Present
    • Treasurer, 2015-Present
    • Chair International and Maritime Law Committee, 2013-2014
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
    • Bar Fellow, 2013-Present
  • Federal Bar Association
    • Board of Directors New Orleans Chapter, 2014-Present
    • Chapter Civics Liaison, 2016-2017
  • American Association for Justice
    • Member, Admiralty and Railroad Law Sections
    • Admiralty Law Section Executive Committee, 1999-2001
    • Admiralty Law Section Chair, 2001
    • AAJ PAC Member - Eagle Level
  • Louisiana Association for Justice
    • Member, Admiralty and Professional Negligence Sections
    • Executive Committee 2012-2014
    • Council of Directors 2011
    • Admiralty Section Chair 2001-2002
    • Board of Governors 1997, 2002-2010
    • Advisory Board 1996
  • Maritime Law Association
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute


LECTURER

  • Tulane University Law School Maritime Seminar Advisory Committee and Speaker, 1995 – Present
  • Louisiana Association for Justice Speaker, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2007-2010, 2012-2016
  • Federal Bar Association, New Orleans Chapter Speaker, 2014
  • Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Florida Trial Lawyers Associations Admiralty Law Seminar Program Chair and Speaker, 1999
  • American Association for Justice Admiralty Section, Speaker, 1999 and 2001, Education Speaker 2010
  • Louisiana State Bar Association Speaker 2000, 2014, 2016
  • Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce Admiralty Symposium Speaker 2002
  • Greater New Orleans Barge Fleeting Association Speaker 2003, 2013
  • Paul M. Hebert Law Center Louisiana State University Speaker 2005
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit Loyola University New Orleans School of Law American College of Trial Lawyers Speaker 2005
  • Alabama Trial Lawyers Association Speaker 2006
  • New Orleans Bar Association Speaker 2007 to present
  • National Business Institute Speaker 2008
  • Maritime Law Association Speaker, 2010
  • The National Transportation Safety Board Bar Association Speaker, 2011
  • American Conference Institute Speaker, 2012

PROFESSIONAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

  • Louisiana Super Lawyers, 2012-2016
  • Elite American Lawyers, 2016
  • Louisiana Association of Justice President's Award, 2010-2011
  • U.S. News & World Report, Best Law Firms, 2014-2016
  • Louisiana Top Attorneys - SuperLawyers, 2012-2015
  • Louisiana Life Magazine - Top Attorneys in Louisiana, 2013-2016
  • St. Charles Avenue Magazine - Top Attorneys in New Orleans, 2013-2016


SPEECHES AND PUBLICATIONS

  • How to Get the Most Out of Your Exhibits
    LSBA Trial Practice Seminar, December 2016, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Punitive Damages in General Maritime Law - Panel Discussion
    Loyola Law School, November 2016, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Deepwater Horizon Litigation: Civil, Criminal and Administrative Issues
    New Orleans Bar Association, October 2016, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Maintenance and Cure - When Will They Learn
    High Stakes on the High Seas Maritime Law Conference
    Louisiana Association for Justice, August 2016, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • How to Take a Deposition
    Summer School for Lawyers, June 2016
    Louisiana State Bar Association 75th Annual Meeting, Destin, Florida
  • In Rem: In Vogue Again?
    High Stakes on the High Seas - A Maritime Law Conference, August 2015
    Louisiana Association for Justice
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Litigating a Maritime Disaster - How Do You Get It Done?
    Admiralty Law Institute, March 2015
    Lavin-Bernick Center, Tulane University Campus
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Maritime Law: Punitive Damages in the U.S. Fifth Circuit
    New Orleans Bar Association, 2014 Procrastinators' Program
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • BP Settlement
    Loyola Law School
    Personal Injury and Death Class, November 2014
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Causation Under OPA
    High Stakes on the High Seas, August 2014
    Louisiana Association for Justice
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • McBride v. Eustis: The Past, Present, and Future of Punitive Damages
    FBA Admiralty Law and Federal Litigation Sections, July 2014
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Maintenance and Cure - A Practical Application
    7th Annual Offshore Marine Service Association/Loyola College of Law Industry Seminar, November 2013
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Update on the BP Oil Spill Settlement
    New Orleans Bar Association, November 2013
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Maritime Law Developments and Update
    2013 Maritime Seminar
    Judge Richard T. Haik, Sr.'s Camp
    Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Lessons from the Oil Spill Trial
    High Stakes on the High Seas Maritime Law Conference
    Louisiana Association for Justice, August 2013
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Organizing the Complex Case - Discovery and Motion Practice
    Strengthening our Profession. June 2013
    Combined LSBA Annual Meeting and LSBA/LJC Summer School
    Destin, Florida
  • Professionalism and Ethics in the Handling of the Personal Injury Litigation Matter - From Start to Settlement or Judgment
    2013 GNOBFA Seminar
    New Orleans, Louisiana
  • BP Settlement - What It Means
    High Stakes on the High Seas: A Maritime Law Conference, August 2012
    Louisiana Association for Justice New Orleans, Louisiana
  • View From the Plaintiffs’ Bar: Perspectives on Personal Injury Claims Trends, Settlement and ADR, Damages, and More
    American Conference Institute’s National Forum on Defending and Managing
    Admiralty & Maritime Litigation
    Houston, Texas
    March 29, 2012
  • Jury Selection
    Masters of the Courtroom
    New Orleans Bar Association
    December 14, 2011
    New Orleans, LA
  • Offshore Aviation Accidents – Admiralty Meets Aviation
    Blue Angels Air and Transportation Law Conference
    NTSB Bar Association
    November 10, 2011
    Pensacola Beach, FL
  • OCSLA – Jurisdiction Issues in The Wake of BP
    9th Judge Alvin B. Rubin Conference On Maritime Personal Injury Law
    May 13, 2011
    LSU Law Center
    Baton Rouge, LA
  • Personal Injury, Wrongful Death & Property Damage Investigation Coordination
    Admiralty Law Institute Tulane University, March 23-25, 2011 McAlister Auditorium
  • Deepwater Horizon Disaster Maritime Remedies Revisited
    Gulf Coast Oil Spill Litigation
    Teleseminar
    June 2, 2010
  • Maritime Jurisdiction – In the Air and on the Edges
    Louisiana Association for Justice
    Windsor Court Hotel
    New Orleans, LA
    August 14, 2009
  • Cain v. Transocean Offshore USA, Inc.
    19th Annual CLE by the Hour
    Tulane Law School
    December 30, 2008
  • Cain v. Transocean Offshore USA, Inc.
    New Orleans Bar Association Lunch time Seminar
    Lemle Kelleher, LLP, September 23, 2008
  • Seaman Injury Claims
    National Business Institute
    W New Orleans Hotel
    August 27, 2008
  • Choice of Law/Choice of Forum
    National Business Institute
    W New Orleans Hotel
    August 27, 2008
  • Maritime Injury Damages
    Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association
    The Westin New Orleans Canal Place
    May 9, 2008
  • Overview of Significant Maritime Decisions
    New Orleans Bar Association
    Procrastinator’s Program
    December 28, 2007
  • Opening and Closing Statements
    New Orleans Bar Association
    Masters of the Courtroom
    December 12, 2007
  • The Conclusive Maintenance and Cure Debate
    Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, September 8, 2006
  • Maritime Death Remedies Revisited
    Alabama Trial Lawyers Association Annual Seminar
    Sandestin Beach Resort
    Destin, FL
    June 15-17, 2006
  • Maritime Death Remedies Revisited
    Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, Spring Seminar, Astor Crowne Plaza, New Orleans, LA, March 24, 2006
  • Trial Practice Demonstration of the Electronic Courtroom at Trial [presented by the American College of Trial Lawyers]
    20th Annual Federal Practice & Advocacy Seminar
    J. W. Marriott, New Orleans, LA, April 7-8, 2005
  • Choice of Court, Choice of Law, and Choice of Trier of Fact
    3rd Judge Alvin B. Rubin Conference on Maritime Personal Injury Law
    March 4 and 5, 2005
  • Use Of Expert Witnesses In Admiralty Proceedings
    High Stakes on the High Seas, A Maritime Law Conference
    The Ritz Carlton New Orleans Hotel
    New Orleans, LA
    August 13, 2004
  • Recovery Against Employers And Third Parties
    21st New Orleans Maritime Seminar (Tulane)
    Wyndham Canal Place Hotel
    New Orleans, LA
    October 2-3, 2003
  • Medical Examinations 2003
    G.N.O.B.F.A. Seminar New Orleans, Louisiana, September 11, 2003
  • Choice of Law/Choice of Forum
    LTLA Maritime Conference
    August 15, 2003
  • 20th New Orleans Fall Maritime Law Seminar
    Tulane Fall Maritime Seminar
    New Orleans, LA
    October 17, 2002
  • Use Of Expert Witnesses in Admiralty Proceedings
    Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce
    Admiralty Symposium
    Rhode Island
    August 15-16, 2002
  • 20th New Orleans Fall Maritime Law Seminar Hypothetical
    Tulane Fall Seminar — CANCELLED DUE TO 9-11
    Sheraton Hotel New Orleans, LA
    September 13-14, 2001
  • Application of State Law in Maritime Cases
    LTLA Maritime CLE
    Wyndham River Front New Orleans, LA
    August 17, 2001
  • 33 U.S.C. Section 905(b): Problems for the Plaintiff
    2001 ATLA Winter Convention
    New Orleans, LA
    February 10-14, 2001
  • 2000 Last Chance – Review of Louisiana Law Effects of Amendments to Louisiana Civil Code Articles 2323 and 2324 Louisiana State Bar Association December 13-14, 2000
  • Maritime Death Remedies Revisited
    Experience Boston Multi-Topic CLE Seminar
    Louisiana State Bar Association
    October 14-16, 2000
    Boston, Massachusetts
  • Recent Developments in Maritime Law
    Tulane Fall Maritime Seminar
    September 15, 2000
  • Recent Developments in the U.S. Supreme Court Fifth, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits
    Nineteenth New Orleans Maritime Seminar, January 2000
    Tulane Law School
    Le Meridien Hotel
  • Expert Testimony in Maritime Cases
    ATLA Annual Convention
    Admiralty Section
    July 17-21, 1999
    San Francisco, California
  • Handling Maintenance and Cure Claims After Guevara v. Maritime Overseas Corp.
    Admiralty Law Seminar
    March 12-13, 1999
    Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Florida Trial Lawyer Associations
    Point Clear, Alabama
  • A Maritime Personal Injury Lawyer Looks at Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace
    Seventeenth New Orleans Maritime Seminar, January 1998
    Tulane Law School
    Royal Sonesta Hotel
  • Discussion of Select Maritime Cases
    Sixteenth New Orleans Maritime Seminar, January 1997
    Tulane Law School
    Royal Sonesta Hotel
  • Select Updates in Maritime Law
    LTLA Last Chance Seminar, December 1996
    Westin Canal Place
  • Seamen and Maritime Employees Maintenance and Cure and Wage Payments Casino Boat/Cruise Vessel Issues Foreign Seamen Clause
    Fifteenth New Orleans Maritime Seminar, January 1996
    Tulane Law School
    Royal Sonesta Hotel
  • Impact of New Legal Decisions and Legislation on the Marine Operator and Insurer
    Fourteenth New Orleans Maritime Seminar, January 1995
    Tulane Law School
    Royal Sonesta Hotel

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