Alan R. Davis

Partner

As a member of Chaffe McCall’s Admiralty Section, Alan Davis concentrates his practice on litigation in the areas of insurance defense and maritime law, including vessel collisions, carriage of goods, maritime liens, and personal injury, as well as criminal defense of ship owners and crew.  Alan also regularly represents clients in regulatory and administrative proceedings, including proceedings before the National Pollution Fund Center, U.S. Customs & Border Protection, Office of Foreign Assets Control, among others.

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Selected for inclusion in Louisiana Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star,” 2015-2019

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Young Leadership Council
  • Cockett Marine Limited v. M/V Lion, et al., 2011 WL 1833286 (E.D.La. 2011) – Successfully obtained an order vacating a Rule C arrest and Rule B attachment of a vessel seized for alleged nonpayment of bunkers, including an award of costs and fee against the seizing party.
  • Llagas v. Sealift Holdings, Inc., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 101769 (W.D.La. 2019) – Successfully maintained removal to federal court and referral to foreign arbitration of seaman’s wage claim by non-signatory to contract based on state law principles of third-party reliance on contract’s terms.
  • World Fuel Servs. PTE v. M/V AS VARESIA, 727 Fed. Appx. 811 (5th Cir. 2018) – Defeated maritime lien claim filed up foreign vessel’s first call in U.S. port following domestic supply of bunkers by successfully arguing for application of laches. Result upheld on appeal following oral argument.
  • SCL Basilisk AG v. Agribusiness United Savannah Logistics LLC, 875 F.3d 609 (11th Cir. 2017) – Avoided Rule B garnishment of client’s accounts under Georgia state law providing for provisional remedies in anticipation of arbitration, relying on historical nature of maritime attachment and legislative history of state law. Result upheld on appeal following oral argument.
  • Castleton Commodities Shipping Co. Pte. Ltd. v. HSL Shipping & Logistics (NA), Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 110657 (E.D.La. 2016) – Successfully vacated vessel attachment and obtained dismissal of suit on grounds that bareboat charter parties were in reality disguised construction and sale agreements incapable of giving rise to maritime liens.
  • Shah v. Blue Wake Shipping, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 165561 (W.D.La. 2016) – Sustained removal of Jones Act claim to federal court pursuant to Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, resulting in a suspension of U.S. proceedings in favor of foreign arbitration.
  • Ministry of Oil of the Republic of Iraq v. 1,032,212 Barrels of Crude Oil Aboard the United Kalavrvta, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 118249 (S.D. Tex. 2014) – Successfully obtained dismissal on behalf of the Kurdistan Regional Government of in rem claim against cargo of crude oil for lack of admiralty jurisdiction.

Key Matters

  • Cockett Marine Limited v. M/V Lion, et al., 2011 WL 1833286 (E.D.La. 2011) – Successfully obtained an order vacating a Rule C arrest and Rule B attachment of a vessel seized for alleged nonpayment of bunkers, including an award of costs and fee against the seizing party.
  • Llagas v. Sealift Holdings, Inc., 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 101769 (W.D.La. 2019) – Successfully maintained removal to federal court and referral to foreign arbitration of seaman’s wage claim by non-signatory to contract based on state law principles of third-party reliance on contract’s terms.
  • World Fuel Servs. PTE v. M/V AS VARESIA, 727 Fed. Appx. 811 (5th Cir. 2018) – Defeated maritime lien claim filed up foreign vessel’s first call in U.S. port following domestic supply of bunkers by successfully arguing for application of laches. Result upheld on appeal following oral argument.
  • SCL Basilisk AG v. Agribusiness United Savannah Logistics LLC, 875 F.3d 609 (11th Cir. 2017) – Avoided Rule B garnishment of client’s accounts under Georgia state law providing for provisional remedies in anticipation of arbitration, relying on historical nature of maritime attachment and legislative history of state law. Result upheld on appeal following oral argument.
  • Castleton Commodities Shipping Co. Pte. Ltd. v. HSL Shipping & Logistics (NA), Inc., 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 110657 (E.D.La. 2016) – Successfully vacated vessel attachment and obtained dismissal of suit on grounds that bareboat charter parties were in reality disguised construction and sale agreements incapable of giving rise to maritime liens.
  • Shah v. Blue Wake Shipping, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 165561 (W.D.La. 2016) – Sustained removal of Jones Act claim to federal court pursuant to Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, resulting in a suspension of U.S. proceedings in favor of foreign arbitration.
  • Ministry of Oil of the Republic of Iraq v. 1,032,212 Barrels of Crude Oil Aboard the United Kalavrvta, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 118249 (S.D. Tex. 2014) – Successfully obtained dismissal on behalf of the Kurdistan Regional Government of in rem claim against cargo of crude oil for lack of admiralty jurisdiction.