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Brian J. Comarda

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bcomarda@blandpartners.com
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Direct: 713.627.7147
Cell: 713.855.2099

1717 St James Place
Suite 360
Houston, Texas 77056

Brian represents a diverse group of domestic and international clients in admiralty and complex commercial litigation and arbitration proceedings primarily involving the construction, shipbuilding, pipeline and offshore service industries.  He principally assists shipyards, rig fabrication, integration and installation contractors, as well as onshore and subsea pipeline contractors.

Brian’s litigation and arbitration experience has mainly involved the preparation and trial of construction claims concerning delay, disruption, acceleration, cumulative impacts, disputed changes orders, warranty or guarantee obligations, force majeure, breach of contract, design defects, schedule and liquidated damages, builder's risk and other insurance coverage issues.  Brian’s litigation experience also includes defending offshore service contractors against various personal injury claims under the Jones Act and Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.

A related area of Brian's expertise involves advising clients on the many United States regulatory programs and cabotage laws impacting the import, export and transportation of merchandise, including the Jones Act (U.S. Coastwise Law), Export Administration Regulations, Harmonized Tariff Schedule and Maritime Transportation Security Act. 

Brian also has experience with certain shipping matters.  He has represented vessel owners in the purchase and sale of oil and gas and LNG tankers, and also represented clients in charterparty disputes.
 

Jurisdictions Licensed to Practice

Louisiana, 2003

Texas, 2006

Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. District Court, Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of Texas

U.S. District Court, Western, Middle and Eastern Districts of Louisiana

Education

Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Civil Law, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University, 2003

Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication, Louisiana State University, 1999

Awards

Brian has been named to the Texas Rising Stars list as one of the top up-and-coming attorneys in Texas for 2013. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state receive this honor. The selection for this respected list is made by the research team at Super Lawyers. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area.

Presentations

The Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002, International
Register of Shipping Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA, November 2003

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Louisiana State Bar Association (Member, Fidelity, Surety & Construction Law Section and Alternative Dispute Resolution Section)

State Bar of Texas (Member, Construction Law Section)

Houston Bar Association (Member, Construction Law Section)

American Bar Association (Member, ABA Forum on Construction Law and ABA Litigation Section)