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David S. Bland

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Direct: 713.627.7105
Direct: 504.799.0153
Cell: 281.900.8545

909 Poydras St
Suite 1860
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112

David S. Bland's core practice is construction, marine and energy related advice and litigation, complex commercial litigation and insurance litigation. This practice primarily includes representation of domestic and international onshore and offshore commercial construction companies, energy and marine operators and contractors, shipyards, marine and rig fabrication facilities, government contractors, power plant, bridge, and pipeline construction companies, vendors and engineering firms.

He has over 34 years of experience in the prosecution and defense complex construction, commercial and insurance cases in federal and state courts and appellate courts of Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, New York and the United States Court of Federal Claims. This litigation practice includes substantial experience in domestic and international arbitration, including arbitrations conducted under the auspices of the American Arbitration Association, International Centre for Dispute Resolution, London Court of International Arbitration, and United Nations Commission on International Trade Law.

David is a Panelist on the American Arbitration Association National Roster of Arbitrators. He has also been appointed as an arbitrator in energy and marine construction disputes.

David’s litigation and arbitration experience has included the preparation and prosecution of disputes related to delay, disruption and acceleration, warranty, design changes and defects, growth in scope of work, labor productivity/inefficiencies, force majeure, schedule and liquidated damages, change orders, bid protests, terminations for default and convenience, surety bond issues and related builder’s risk, business interruption and insurance claims and coverage disputes.

A related area of David’s expertise is the negotiation and drafting of all types of construction and commercial contracts, including vessel, rig, power plant, bridge, pipeline and equipment new construction and repair contracts, EPC contracts, engineering contracts, charter party contracts, master service agreements, drilling contracts, sales agreements, joint ventures and project teaming/alliance agreements. He is also routinely involved in all aspects of the construction process including negotiation of commercial terms in the bid phase, change order administration, delivery and close out issues and warranty disputes.

His experience includes advice, requests for equitable adjustment and litigation arising out of state and federal government contracts, including US Corps of Engineers, Navy Sea Systems Command and state departments of transportation and development.

David’s routine practice includes casualty investigations and litigation, including personal injury and property damage, Jones Act, Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act, protection and indemnity, hull, cargo, collision and property claims. In this regard, David’s practice includes coverage analysis and litigation regarding all types of marine and energy insurance, including P&I, Hull and Machinery, MGL, CGL and property, as well as D&O and E&O claims.


Louisiana State Bar, 1982

Louisiana Supreme Court

Texas State Bar, 1994

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

U.S. Court of Claims

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

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


Attended University of the South at Sewanee

Graduated cum laude from Tulane University with a B.A. in English, 1979

Graduated from Louisiana State University Law School in 1982, served as a member of the Moot Court Board

Professional Memberships Affiliations

Member of the American Bar Association

Member of Louisiana State Bar Association

Member of Texas State Bar Association

Member of Federal Bar Association

Maritime Law Association of the United States

Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel

Partner Member of the Shipbuilders Council of America

Panelist - American Arbitration Association National Roster of Arbitrators

Honors & Awards

AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating in Martindale‐Hubbell rated (5.0 out of 5)

Louisiana Super Lawyers 2013‐2016

New Orleans CityBusiness Leader in Law 2013‐2014

2009 Camille Gravel Public Service Award by the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association for pro‐bono representation of a defendant in state post‐conviction proceedings.

Arbitration Dispute Resolution Training

April 20-21, 2017 - Arbitration Fundamentals and Best Practices for New AAA Arbitrators, Dallas, Texas

January 14, 2012 – Certification in Advanced Arbitration Skills in Commercial Arbitration (Domestic and International) at the A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center at the University of Houston Law Center


David routinely gives presentations to clients and others involved in the construction, energy and maritime industries. Some of the presentation topics have included:

Overview of legal issues affecting construction industry

Managing risks through contractual mechanisms and effective contract management

Estimating, bidding, negotiating and performing construction contracts

Key terms of construction contracts

Overview of domestic and international arbitration agreements, procedures and prosecution

Overview of indemnity and insurance issues affecting construction and energy industries in Louisiana and Texas

Contract risk management in the post‐Macondo world

Changes and change order administration

Insurance requirements and indemnity obligations in construction contracts

Overview of maritime personal injury and casualty law

Overview of U.S. coastwise trade laws

Internal review and presentation of specific client contracts to project managers, administrators and in‐house counsel for contract administration and risk