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Robert R. Johnston
Member

Education

  • University of Georgia, B.A., cum laude with general honors 1990
  • Tulane Law School, J.D., cum laude 1993

BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS

  • Louisiana, 1993
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of LA, 1993
  • United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1993
  • United States Supreme Court, 2010

REPRESENTATIVE CASES

  • APACHE CORPORATION V. GLOBALSANTAFE CORPORATION, ET AL.

    Defended claim for destruction of an oil platform by the GSF ADRIATIC VII, a drilling rig that broke free during Hurricane Rita.

    NORSHIPCO V. VESTA FORSIKRING A/S

    37 day trial involving shipyard dispute and alleged defective construction of the M/V SEABULK AMERICA.

    STONE ENERGY V. GLOBALSANTAFE

    Defended platform damage claim arising out of the breakaway of the GSF ARTIC I drilling rig during Hurricane Katrina.

    MILSTEAD V TOTAL PETROCHEMICALS, ET AL.

    Representation of excess underwriters in industrial accident involving leg amputation.

    DOWSEY V. GRADY WHITE, INC.

    Represented primary and excess underwriters in products liability claim against boat manufacturer involving vessel capsizing with multiple fatalities.

    RICHARDSON V. BROWER

    Defended vessel owner on behalf of primary and excess underwriters regarding a vessel collision that resulted in the death of a young child.

    BECKER V. TIDEWATER, ET AL.

    Major personal injury case involving the traumatic amputation of both of the plaintiff’s legs.

    CONFIDENTIAL ARBITRATION

    Successful high value subrogation claim for professional liability

    IN RE: SETTOON TOWING

    Major marine casualty. Represented well owners in claim involving hit and run of a well head resulting in major pollution incident. Successfully defeated class certification and prosecuted claim against offending vessel.

    IN RE: M/V STONE FUELER

    Sinking of vessel and pollution in major marine casualty. Defended pipeline property damage and personal injury claims of crew.

    KREGER V. GENERAL STEEL

    Successfully defeated class certification in nation-wide class action against seller of manufactured steel buildings.

    W&T OFFSHORE V. ADTI

    High dollar value dispute involving drilling rig stuck on location for over two weeks.

    CRESCENT SHIP SERVICE V. NELSON INDUSTRIES

    Successfully prosecuted redhibition/products liability claim against manufacturer of defective oily water separators.

    CARNIVAL CORPORATION V. ENTERGY LOUISIANA

    Successful commercial litigation regarding utility power lines preventing cruise ship from reaching port on the Mississippi River.

    SPERANDEO V. GLOBAL MARINE

    Investigated and litigated claim involving fatality on an offshore drilling rig.

    GATES V. GLOBAL MARINE

    Successfully defended Jones Act personal injury claim.

    BREAUX V. JOHN W. STONE OIL DISTRIBUTOR, LLC

    Successfully defended claims by a severely injured diesel mechanic working aboard an inland tug boat.

    WINSTEAD V. TRANSOCEAN

    Successfully defended Jones Act personal injury claim occurring in a barge fleet offshore drilling rig.

    WEBRE V. AZALEA FLEET

    Investigated and defended drowning fatality occurring in barge fleet on Mississippi River.

    ARIES MARINE V. OMS REPAIR

    Successfully defended a major engine failure on an offshore supply vessel.

    DUCKWORTH V. CSX

    Defended longshore claim of a totally disabled crane maintenance superintendent. Claim found to be fraudulent.

    JONES V. CASH MONEY RECORDS

    Successfully recovered producer’s royalties against record label.

    BOCAGE V. JOHN W. STONE OIL DISTRIBUTOR, LLC

    Successfully defended multiple claimant litigation involving allegations of personal injuries and property damage asserted by property owners adjoining an oil storage terminal.

    SOLANA V. GSF DEVELOPMENT DRILLER I

    Successfully defended high dollar value salvage claims asserted by members of the crew that re-boarded a heavily damaged drilling rig following Hurricane Katrina.

    TOLLETTE V. TIDEWATER

    Emergency response investigation and subsequent litigation arising out of three crew members injured during a man over board drill on an offshore supply vessel.

    FIELDWOOD V. YELLOW-FIN MARINE

    Emergency response, investigation and defense of claim on behalf of primary underwriters arising out of an offshore supply vessel striking a fixed oil platform.

    CROSS V. KIRBY, ET AL.

    Successful defense and resolution of benzene exposure claim involving vessel tankerman with terminal cancer.

    THOMPSON V. RAWLINGS

    Successful defense and resolution of environmental general liability claim involving alleged loss of cattle herd due to tainted feed.

    CREEL V. IMTT

    Obtained summary judgment on statutory employer defense in high dollar value personal injury claim resulting in dismissal.

    MCCANTS V. AUSTAL

    Obtained dismissal for client via summary judgment on borrowing employer defense.

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Biography

Mr. Johnston practices in a number of areas, including marine, energy and environmental litigation, defense of casualty claims for primary and excess underwriters, and claims arising under insurance, intellectual property, construction and entertainment law. He has successfully tried numerous cases in both federal and state courts and has been lead counsel on multiple high dollar value arbitrations.

As a civil litigator Mr. Johnston has tried cases involving significant personal injuries as well as complex commercial cases involving business disputes.  He has further tried cases arising under the Jones Act, the Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act and General Maritime Law. He has additionally tried cases involving pollution, toxic torts, environmental claims, ship construction and insurance coverage issues. He has further litigated construction claims, cases involving vessel collisions, wreck removal and products liability.

Mr. Johnston has prosecuted complaints for exoneration from or limitation of liability involving major marine casualties and pollution events. He is highly experienced in matters involving maritime liens and arrests of vessels. He has also successfully litigated contractual disputes and intellectual property cases involving copyrights and trademarks. Mr. Johnston additionally has handled commercial transactions, including the negotiation of charter parties and berthing agreements. He has also negotiated recording contracts, producer contracts and management agreements for clients in the entertainment industry. He has assisted clients with copyright and trademark registration and protection, music publishing, and the formation of business entities.

Furthermore, Mr. Johnston routinely assists clients in a wide range of transactional matters, and is highly experienced in the review and negotiation of contracts, with a particular focus on agreements in the oil and gas industry.

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, February 28, 1968. Education: University of Georgia (B.A., cum laude, with general honors, 1990). Tulane Law School (J.D., cum laude, 1993). Member: New Orleans, Louisiana State, Federal and American Bar Association.

Practice Areas

  • Jones Act
  • Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act
  • Maritime
  • Pollution
  • Toxic Tort
  • Environmental Claims
  • Ship Construction
  • Insurance Coverage Issues
  • Vessel Collision
  • Wreck Removal/Products Liability