Keith B. Letourneau
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VICE CHAIR, MARITIME INDUSTRY TEAM
Keith Letourneau is a member of our Maritime Emergency Response Team (“MERT”).
Keith Letourneau focuses his practice on maritime and energy transactions and litigation matters, including:
- contract negotiations and disputes
- vessel arrests & attachments
- collisions and allisions
- oil and hazardous materials pollution
- complex commercial litigation
- OCSLA transactions and disputes
- oilfield contracts
- insurance coverage opinions
- cargo damage
Mr. Letourneau’s government contract experience includes shipyard bid protests, labor standards disputes, appeals of contracting officers’ final decisions before boards of contract, as well as solicitation and bid reviews and evaluations. He has also defended document-intensive shipyard and oil rig repair contract disputes.
Mr. Letourneau has a deep understanding of digital currency and Blockchain technology. He has published recent articles about the industry, specifically as it relates to maritime.
Mr. Letourneau served as a trial attorney for both the U.S. Coast Guard’s Procurement Law Division and the Admiralty Section of the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Division. He is a retired commander of the U.S. Coast Guard. His military service included service as a deck watch officer aboard a medium-endurance cutter that engaged in drug law enforcement efforts in the Caribbean Basin and as commanding officer of a Coast Guard patrol boat stationed along the southeast Texas coast.
- Represented vessel owners and operators in myriad personal injury and wrongful death cases brought by Jones Act seaman, mooring masters, and longshoremen.
- Represented numerous vessel owners and charterers with respect to domestic and international cargo damage claims.
- Represented a vessel owner in a cargo vessel capsizing case.
- Represented the interests of the United States, U.S. Coast Guard, and Oil Spill Liability Trust Fund with respect to a variety of maritime and environmental claims while serving on the staff of the Justice Department’s Aviation and Admiralty Section.
- Represented vessel interests and pilots with respect to Coast Guard and state pilot marine casualty investigations.
- Represented vessels' interests with respect to personal injury and wrongful death claims involving crane accidents.
- 2016–2017, Transportation: Shipping/Maritime: Litigation Law, listed in Chambers USA
- 2017, listed in Legal 500
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