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  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

MEMBERSHIPS

  • Connecticut Maritime Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Mariners Club
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute

EDUCATION

  • Baylor University School of Law, JD
  • United States Military Academy, BS
JHuffman@BlankRome.com
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Jay T. Huffman

Associate

Houston, TX v. +1.713.632.8655 f. +1.713.228.6605

Jay Huffman is a member of our Maritime Emergency Response Team (MERT)

Jay Huffman concentrates his practice in maritime and energy-related litigation matters, including:

  • Personal injury and wrongful death claims arising under the Jones Act, Longshore & Harbor Workers Compensation Act (“LHWCA”), and the Outer Continental Shelf Act (“OSCLA”)
  • U.S. Coast Guard investigations of vessel owners and managers for environmental violations and casualties arising under marine pollution regulations (“MARPOL”)
  • Oil and hazardous materials spill incidents involving the application of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (“OPA 90”), the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (“CERCLA”), and the Texas Oil Spill Prevention and Response Act (“OSPRA”)
  • Vessel collisions and allisions
  • Limitation of Liability actions under 46 U.S.C. § 181, et seq., maritime attachment (Rule B), and vessel arrest (Rule C) actions
  • Serious marine incident investigations
  • General commercial litigation

While in law school, Mr. Huffman was elected to the Order of the Barristers. Prior to law school, he served as an active-duty Military Intelligence Officer in the United States Army, attaining the rank of Captain. During his service, he earned the Airborne (Parachute) and Air Assault badges and served in various positions, including Company Executive Officer and Intelligence Officer for a Mechanized Infantry Battalion.

Mr. Huffman was selected by Super Lawyers as a Texas “Super Lawyer” from
2014–2016 and as a Texas “Rising Star” from 2012–2014. Mr. Huffman has received the AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Finally, Mr. Huffman is a Proctor member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States.


REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Defended a foreign ship management company in a personal injury lawsuit involving an offshore transfer operation. The jury verdict for the ship management company found no liability.
  • Defended a domestic tanker owner at a joint USCG and NTSB hearing on a collision and resulting oil spill incident.
  • Represented a foreign ship owner and negotiated a deferred prosecution agreement for alleged violations of MARPOL and the Act to Prevent Pollution from Ships (“APPS”).
  • Defended numerous cases involving the unfortunate deaths of Jones Act seamen and longshoremen, and defended many more cases of serious injury to maritime and land-based workers.
  • Pro Bono – Successfully represented Vietnam Veteran at the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims regarding his appeal for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder benefits.

COMMUNITY SERVICE & AFFILIATIONS

Mr. Huffman serves on the board of directors of the Southern District of Texas Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and served as its President in 2014.

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