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Kathleen Charvet and Heather Waterman Angelico Join Galloway Johnson's New Orleans Office

NEW ORLEANS (APRIL 13, 2016) – Regional law firm Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith announced today that attorneys Kathleen Charvet and Heather Waterman Angelico have joined the firm’s New Orleans office. Charvet joins the firm as Director and Angelico joins the firm as Special Counsel.

“Kathleen and Heather’s significant experience and abilities as litigators in key practice areas of our firm will add enormous value to our clients and to the firm as a whole,” shared Richard Duplantier, Managing Director of the firm’s New Orleans office.

A native New Orleanian, Kathleen Charvet focuses her practice in admiralty and maritime law, railroad and transportation defense, and federal workers’ compensation.  Kathleen’s represents vessel owners and operators; railroads and transportation companies; stevedoring companies and terminal operators; energy companies; military employers; government contractors; and insurance underwriters. She has served as trial and appellate counsel in litigation involving personal injury claims brought by Jones Act seamen, Longshore and harbor workers, and offshore workers; Defense Base Act claims; Federal Employers Liability Act lawsuits; contractual disputes; limitation of liability; vessel arrests and attachments; as well as issues involving regulatory matters before the United States Coast Guard.

Kathleen is a graduate of Tulane University School of Law and currently serves on the Planning and Program Committees for Tulane’s Admiralty Law Institute. She is Skills Faculty at the Loyola University College of Law and is an active volunteer with both The Harry Tompson Center and HELP (Homeless Experience Legal Protection).

Heather also brings a robust background in maritime and admiralty litigation with her to the firm. She has extensive experience defending employers and carriers on matters arising under the Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, Defense Base Act, Outercontinental Shelf Lands Act, and Nonappropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act.  Heather also focuses on matters involving the Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA), Louisiana state workers’ compensation, and toxic tort. Before private practice, Heather served as an Attorney Advisor to the Honorable C. Richard Avery with the United States Department of Labor, Office of Administrative Law Judges. Her work with Judge Avery centered around issues arising under the Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.

Heather earned her law degree and a Certificate in Maritime and Admiralty Law from Tulane University School of Law.  She was a member of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal, as well as one of its managing editors. Heather is a member of the Louisiana Bar Foundation, Kids Chance Committee and volunteers as a judge for “We the People,” a program for high school students that is sponsored by the Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education.

Kathleen can be reached directly at and Heather can be reached at

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