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Kathleen Charvet

Kathleen Charvet

Director

Hancock Whitney Center
701 Poydras St., 40th Floor
New Orleans, Louisiana 70139

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Office: 504-525-6802
Fax: 504-525-2456

A native New Orleanian and Director in the firm’s New Orleans office, Kathleen K. Charvet focuses her practice in admiralty and maritime law, railroad and transportation defense, and federal workers’ compensation. Kathleen’s areas of practice include representation of vessel owners and operators; railroads and transportation companies; stevedoring companies and terminal operators; energy companies; military employers; government contractors; and insurance underwriters. Following law school, Kathleen served as a law clerk for the Office of Administrative Law Judges, United States Department of Labor.

Kathleen has served as trial and appellate defense counsel in litigation involving personal injury claims brought by Jones Act seamen, Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act claimants, 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, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Equal Employments Opportunity Commission. Kathleen was included in the 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 editions of The Best Lawyers in America list for Admiralty and Maritime Law, Personal Injury Litigation- Plaintiffs, and Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants.

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Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • Maritime Safety Act of 2018, ACI Forum (2019).
  • Recent Developments in Admiralty Law, Tulane University Law School (2018).
  • Dispute Resolution Clauses in Maritime Contracts, Admiralty Law Institute, Tulane University Law School (2018).
  • Recent Developments in Admiralty Law, Tulane University Law School (2017).
  • Gilding the Lily: The Genesis of the Longshoremen’s and Harbor Workers Compensation Act, 91 Tulane Law Review 881 (2017); Admiralty Law Institute, Tulane University Law School (2017).
  • Recent Developments in Admiralty Law, Tulane University Law School (2016).
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation, Admiralty Law Institute, Tulane University Law School (2015)
  • Maintenance and Cure: Maximum Medical Improvement. Defenses, and Collateral Sources, ACI Forum (2014).
  • U.S. Coast Guard Initiatives in 2013 and Federal-State Preemption Issues, Admiralty Law Institute, Tulane University Law School (2013).
  • Psychological Claims Arising Under the Act, Annual Longshore Conference, Loyola University College of Law, and the U.S. Department of Labor (2012).
  • Ethical Issues in Catastrophic Incidents: Staying Neutral, Admiralty Law Institute, Tulane University Law School (2011).
  • Ethical Concerns in Claims Under the Act, Heather Angelico and Kathleen K. Charvet, Annual Longshore Conference, Loyola University College of Law and the U.S.Department of Labor (2010).
  • Recent Developments Affecting the Administration of the Act, Annual Longshore Conference, Loyola University College of Law and the U.S. Department of Labor(2008).
  • Judge (Appellate Arguments), John R. Brown Admiralty Competition, Tulane Law School Moot Court (2008).
  • Techniques in Deposing Expert Witnesses, Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (2007).
  • Judge (Appellate Briefs), John R. Brown Admiralty Competition, Tulane Law School Moot Court (2006).
  • Recent Developments in Maritime Law, Kathleen K. Charvet and Heather A. Waterman, 28 Tulane Maritime Law Journal 375 (2004).
  • Section 905(b) and Third-Party Claims: Do Remedies Really Still Exist? What is the Impact on LHWCA Claims? Kathleen K. Charvet, 3 Loyola Maritime Law Journal 1 – 10 (2004).
  • Recent Developments in Maritime Law, Tulane University School of Law, Maritime Law Seminar, Honorable Sarah S. Vance, Kathleen K. Charvet and Jeffrey Raizner, Esq.(2003).
  • Maritime Practice in Louisiana: An Update, Prime Time CLE (2003).
  • Recent Developments in Admiralty and Maritime Law, Tort and Insurance Law Journal, American Bar Association Vol. 36 No. 2 (Winter 2001).
  • Fontenot v. Dual Drilling. Comparative Fault Doctrine Sinks Blockade Against Quantifying Employer Fault on the OCS, American Bar Association Torts and Insurance Practice, Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee (1999).
  • Bienvenu v. Texaco, Inc., The “Sea-Change” – Something Rich and Strange, American Bar Association Torts and Insurance Practice, Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee (1999).
  • Admiralty Law, Prime Time CLE, Kathleen K. Charvet and Michael deBlanc, Jr. (1998).
  • The Tempest: Recent Developments in the Fifth Circuit Concerning the LHWCA, The Longshore Claims Association and Prime Time CLE (1998).
  • Handling the Longshore Claim Effectively: Appeals before the Benefits Review Board and the Appellate Courts, Prime Time CLE, Darnell Bludworth and Kathleen K. Charvet (1997).
  • Handling the Longshore Claim Effectively: Practice before the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, Prime Time CLE, Marcus J. Poulliard and Kathleen K. Charvet (1997).
  • An Update on Extension Act Cases, A Conference on the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, Loyola University School of Law and the U.S. Department of Labor (1997).
  • Intoxication as a Defense: From the Employer’s Point of View, the Annual Longshore Conference, Loyola School of Law and the United States Department of Labor (1996).
  • Contractor Safety/Liability in Shipyard Employment, National Safety Council, Dallas, Texas (1995).
  • Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act in Louisiana, Jurisdiction, Practice Pointers and Litigation of Claims, National Business Institute, Inc. (1995).
  • Strategies for Counseling Employers & Carriers Under the New Law. Workers’ Compensation Law in Louisiana, National Education Network (1994).
  • Injuries in the Workplace in Louisiana: Ethical Considerations; The Americans with Disabilities Act; and Workers’ Compensation Claims, National Business Institute, Inc. (1993).
  • An Overview of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act: Recent Developments. A Conference on Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Law, Professional Education Systems, Inc. (1993).
  • An Overview of  the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act: Recent Developments, A Conference on Louisiana Workers’ Compensation law, Professional Education Systems, Inc. (1993).
  • Trial Tactics-Defendant’s Issues, “Trial and (Fewer) Errors,” Loyola University School of Law (1992).
  • Section 20 PresumptionsPoint/Counterpoint, A Conference on the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, Loyola University Law School and the United States Department of Labor (1992).
  • Negotiation and Settlement, A Conference on the Longshore and Harbor Workers’Compensation Act, Loyola University Law School and the United States Department of Labor (1992).

OVERVIEW

A native New Orleanian and Director in the firm’s New Orleans office, Kathleen K. Charvet focuses her practice in admiralty and maritime law, railroad and transportation defense, and federal workers’ compensation. Kathleen’s areas of practice include representation of vessel owners and operators; railroads and transportation companies; stevedoring companies and terminal operators; energy companies; military employers; government contractors; and insurance underwriters. Following law school, Kathleen served as a law clerk for the Office of Administrative Law Judges, United States Department of Labor.

Kathleen has served as trial and appellate defense counsel in litigation involving personal injury claims brought by Jones Act seamen, Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act claimants, 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, the National Labor Relations Board, and the Equal Employments Opportunity Commission. Kathleen was included in the 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 editions of The Best Lawyers in America list for Admiralty and Maritime Law, Personal Injury Litigation- Plaintiffs, and Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants.

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Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • Maritime Safety Act of 2018, ACI Forum (2019).
  • Recent Developments in Admiralty Law, Tulane University Law School (2018).
  • Dispute Resolution Clauses in Maritime Contracts, Admiralty Law Institute, Tulane University Law School (2018).
  • Recent Developments in Admiralty Law, Tulane University Law School (2017).
  • Gilding the Lily: The Genesis of the Longshoremen’s and Harbor Workers Compensation Act, 91 Tulane Law Review 881 (2017); Admiralty Law Institute, Tulane University Law School (2017).
  • Recent Developments in Admiralty Law, Tulane University Law School (2016).
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation, Admiralty Law Institute, Tulane University Law School (2015)
  • Maintenance and Cure: Maximum Medical Improvement. Defenses, and Collateral Sources, ACI Forum (2014).
  • U.S. Coast Guard Initiatives in 2013 and Federal-State Preemption Issues, Admiralty Law Institute, Tulane University Law School (2013).
  • Psychological Claims Arising Under the Act, Annual Longshore Conference, Loyola University College of Law, and the U.S. Department of Labor (2012).
  • Ethical Issues in Catastrophic Incidents: Staying Neutral, Admiralty Law Institute, Tulane University Law School (2011).
  • Ethical Concerns in Claims Under the Act, Heather Angelico and Kathleen K. Charvet, Annual Longshore Conference, Loyola University College of Law and the U.S.Department of Labor (2010).
  • Recent Developments Affecting the Administration of the Act, Annual Longshore Conference, Loyola University College of Law and the U.S. Department of Labor(2008).
  • Judge (Appellate Arguments), John R. Brown Admiralty Competition, Tulane Law School Moot Court (2008).
  • Techniques in Deposing Expert Witnesses, Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors (2007).
  • Judge (Appellate Briefs), John R. Brown Admiralty Competition, Tulane Law School Moot Court (2006).
  • Recent Developments in Maritime Law, Kathleen K. Charvet and Heather A. Waterman, 28 Tulane Maritime Law Journal 375 (2004).
  • Section 905(b) and Third-Party Claims: Do Remedies Really Still Exist? What is the Impact on LHWCA Claims? Kathleen K. Charvet, 3 Loyola Maritime Law Journal 1 – 10 (2004).
  • Recent Developments in Maritime Law, Tulane University School of Law, Maritime Law Seminar, Honorable Sarah S. Vance, Kathleen K. Charvet and Jeffrey Raizner, Esq.(2003).
  • Maritime Practice in Louisiana: An Update, Prime Time CLE (2003).
  • Recent Developments in Admiralty and Maritime Law, Tort and Insurance Law Journal, American Bar Association Vol. 36 No. 2 (Winter 2001).
  • Fontenot v. Dual Drilling. Comparative Fault Doctrine Sinks Blockade Against Quantifying Employer Fault on the OCS, American Bar Association Torts and Insurance Practice, Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee (1999).
  • Bienvenu v. Texaco, Inc., The “Sea-Change” – Something Rich and Strange, American Bar Association Torts and Insurance Practice, Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee (1999).
  • Admiralty Law, Prime Time CLE, Kathleen K. Charvet and Michael deBlanc, Jr. (1998).
  • The Tempest: Recent Developments in the Fifth Circuit Concerning the LHWCA, The Longshore Claims Association and Prime Time CLE (1998).
  • Handling the Longshore Claim Effectively: Appeals before the Benefits Review Board and the Appellate Courts, Prime Time CLE, Darnell Bludworth and Kathleen K. Charvet (1997).
  • Handling the Longshore Claim Effectively: Practice before the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs, Prime Time CLE, Marcus J. Poulliard and Kathleen K. Charvet (1997).
  • An Update on Extension Act Cases, A Conference on the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, Loyola University School of Law and the U.S. Department of Labor (1997).
  • Intoxication as a Defense: From the Employer’s Point of View, the Annual Longshore Conference, Loyola School of Law and the United States Department of Labor (1996).
  • Contractor Safety/Liability in Shipyard Employment, National Safety Council, Dallas, Texas (1995).
  • Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act in Louisiana, Jurisdiction, Practice Pointers and Litigation of Claims, National Business Institute, Inc. (1995).
  • Strategies for Counseling Employers & Carriers Under the New Law. Workers’ Compensation Law in Louisiana, National Education Network (1994).
  • Injuries in the Workplace in Louisiana: Ethical Considerations; The Americans with Disabilities Act; and Workers’ Compensation Claims, National Business Institute, Inc. (1993).
  • An Overview of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act: Recent Developments. A Conference on Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Law, Professional Education Systems, Inc. (1993).
  • An Overview of  the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act: Recent Developments, A Conference on Louisiana Workers’ Compensation law, Professional Education Systems, Inc. (1993).
  • Trial Tactics-Defendant’s Issues, “Trial and (Fewer) Errors,” Loyola University School of Law (1992).
  • Section 20 PresumptionsPoint/Counterpoint, A Conference on the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, Loyola University Law School and the United States Department of Labor (1992).
  • Negotiation and Settlement, A Conference on the Longshore and Harbor Workers’Compensation Act, Loyola University Law School and the United States Department of Labor (1992).

EDUCATION & ADMISSIONS

Education

  • J.D., Tulane University School of Law
  • Exeter College, Oxford University
  • B.A., University of New Orleans

Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1983
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1985
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1991

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Tulane University School of Law, Admiralty Law Institute – Planning Committee and Program Committee
  • Loyola University College of Law – Skills Faculty
  • The Harry Tompson Center – Volunteer
  • HELP (Homeless Experience Legal Protection) – Volunteer