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Matthew C. Guy

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Direct: 504.799.0155
Cell: 504.858.0089

909 Poydras St
Suite 1860
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112

Matt Guy primarily handles marine construction, maritime, marine insurance and oil and gas related disputes. Matt’s practice includes the representation of domestic and international construction companies, drilling contractors, offshore service vessel owners, shipowners, shipyards and rig repair facilities, engineers and designers, as well as their insurers.

Matt has over 16 years of experience in in the prosecution and defense of complex maritime, energy, construction and related insurance claims and has litigated such disputes in the federal, state and appellate courts of Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama and New York, as well as in various arbitration tribunals. Matt has also handled cases in the High Court of England & Wales.

Matt has significant experience in the defense of maritime personal injury and death claims brought under the under the Jones Act and Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, the Death on the High Seas Act and the general maritime law.

Matt is frequently called on by clients immediately after a serious injury or fatality, collision or incident involving significant property damage to investigate, interview key witnesses and personnel, gather evidence and liaise with insurance adjusters and meet with governmental personnel from such agencies as OSHA, BSEE and the United States Coast Guard to ensure that information is collected as quickly and efficiently as possible so that a clear plan for resolution can be worked up with the client and its insurers, while seeking to minimize the clients’ exposure.

Matt has also handled multiple claims involving drilling rigs, ships, offshore supply vessels, tugs and yachts or pleasure craft. Such claims have involved hull & machinery and P&I claims for both insureds and underwriters, collisions and allisions, cargo claims and third party liability claims. Matt frequently arrests or attaches vessels for clients or arranges for their release.

In the area of insurance, Matt hat has represented both domestic and foreign insurers, including the Lloyd’s insurance market, particularly in the areas of marine and energy construction and offshore operations. Matt has extensive experience in providing coverage advice and claims under the following insurance policies: Construction All Risks; Builder’s Risks; Operator’s Extra Expense; Marine Package; Shipyard Package; Marine Employer’s Liability; Commercial General Liability; Hull & Machinery; Protection & Indemnity; Property; D&O; E&O; Cyber and Professional Liability.

Matt also has experience drafting offshore services contracts and advising clients on a wide array of contract issues including covenants not to compete, non-solicitation agreements, confidentiality agreements and choice of law and dispute resolution clauses.  Matt further provides advice on US immigration law, particularly in relation to crew issues and visas for key personnel in the energy and marine industries.

Matt is originally from London, England and before moving to the United States in 2004 worked for the international law firm Clyde & Co. in London. He qualified as and English Barrister and is also licensed to practice in Louisiana and Texas. Matt’s unique background allows him to have a complete understanding of clients’ needs in certain specialty industries that are global in nature but often require more localized knowledge as well.

Matt is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the not for profit organization Court Watch NOLA, which was founded in 2007 as a as a grassroots volunteer effort to bring greater transparency and efficiency to the criminal courts of New Orleans.

Matt is the Treasurer of the Tulane University School of Law Inn of Court, Tulane University School of Law Inns of Court which provides educational meetings for members of the local bar and Tulane law students with a particular emphasis on promoting professionalism, ethics and civility.

Since 2012, Matt has served as an intercession faculty member for the Tulane University School of Law Civil Litigation Boot Camp, which teaches second and third year law students civil litigation skills with an emphasis on how things work in practice.

Matt has been named as a Super Lawyer in the field of maritime law in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

Jurisdictions Licensed to Practice

England & Wales (Gray’s Inn)

Texas

Louisiana

Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Second Circuit

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

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

All state courts in Louisiana

All state courts in Texas

Education

LLM in Admiralty Law, Tulane University School of Law, 2005

  • Maritime Fellow
  • Henry Stiles Scholar
  • Recipient, Edward M. Dodd Prize in Admiralty Law
  • Member, Tulane Maritime Law Journal
Post Graduate Diploma, Legal Skills / Barrister, Inns of Court School of Law, London, UK, 1999 
  • Lord Birkenhead Scholar (Gray’s Inn)

Diploma in Law, The City University, London UK, 1998 

  • David Karmel Scholar

B.A. / M.A., Modern History, Magdalen College, University of Oxford, 1997

  • Exhibitioner Scholar, 1994 – 1997
  • President, Oxford Union Society, Michaelmas Term 1995

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn

State Bar of Texas

Louisiana State Bar Association

Maritime Law Association of the United States

Partner Member of the Shipbuilders Council of America


Articles and Journals

"In Re Tetra Applied Technologies: The Saving to Suitors Clause vs. The Right to Seek Exoneration in Federal Court: Exoneration is Not The Same as Limitation"  Tulane Maritime Law Journal, 29 Tul. Mar. L.J. 503, Summer 2005


Matt is the author of the U.S. Chapter of the International Comparative Law Guide on Shipping for 2014 ad 2015.