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William B. Schwartz

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Bill Schwartz moved down from St. Louis to New Orleans in 1972 to attend Tulane University. After graduating cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in history, he attended Tulane School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctor in 1979. Since then, Bill has practiced law with the same firm for his entire career.

Bill’s practice consists primarily of litigation with a focus on admiralty and maritime matters. These range from personal injury defense, collision, charter parties, offshore energy matters, inland towing and insurance/indemnity issues. Bill authors the firm’s Maritime Updates, and has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for his work in Personal Injury Litigation – Defense, Louisiana Super Lawyers for his work in Transportation/Marine and by New Orleans Magazine as one of their “Top Lawyers of New Orleans” for Admiralty and Maritime Law. New Orleans CityBusiness selected him for their Leadership in Law classes of 2010 and 2015, which “identifies and honors 50 outstanding legal professionals whose successes in law and contributions to the community have set the pace for the legal community.”

Bill has trained with the American Arbitration Association and received certification as a mediator. This has expanded Bill’s practice to include alternative dispute resolution, with a focus on serving as a mediator to assist other attorneys and their clients with bringing closure to their litigation matters.

Bill is involved with several professional and community outreach organizations including Tour de Lis – an organization he co-found to fund support and services for the local cancer community; A Child’s Wish of Louisiana – which grants wishes to terminally ill children; HELP – which was organized by federal Judge Jay Zainey to provide legal services to the homeless; and SOLACE – which was formed to assist legal professionals in need. Outside of volunteering in the community, he also enjoys spending time with his wife Elaine and their two sons and grandchildren, listening to live music, road biking and playing golf.


Loyola Maritime Law Journal Symposium: “Punitive Damages in the Wake of Batterton” (October 4, 2019)

Maritime Risk Claim Solutions Seminar: “Let’s Get Legal” (October 25, 2018)

Maritime Risk Claim Solutions Seminar: “Maritime Defense Attorney, What Do We Do Next?” (October 12, 2017)

Maritime Risk Claim Solutions Seminar: “Marine Salvage Contracts and Marine Insurance” (October 13, 2016)

Association of Corporate Counsel CLE: “A CLAIM! …And What To Do About It.” (May 5, 2016)

8th Annual Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA)/Tulane University School of Law Seminar – New Orleans: “Recent Developments in Maritime Law” (November 13, 2014)

OMSA Legal Forum: “Customs Reporting in the Gulf” (2008)

NOBA Maritime Law CLE: “Cain v Transocean Offshore-Vessel Status” (2008)

Louisiana State Bar Association Law Day and Lawyers in the Classroom: “Negotiation, Mediation, Arbitration and Litigation” (2010)

BHBM 24th Annual Seminar for CPAs: “Electronic Discovery Under the New Federal Rules” (2007)

OMSA Legal Forum: “Vessel Collisions” (2007)

New Orleans Bar Association’s Procrastinators Seminar: “City, Municipal and Parish Courts” (2006)

Tulane School of Law 6th Federal Maritime Law Institute: “Status for Suit for Maritime Related Personal Injuries” (1991)

Litigation Seminar for Paralegals (Law Seminars, Inc.): “Discovery in Federal and State Court in Louisiana” (1987)

In the Community

A Child’s Wish of Greater New Orleans, Inc.
· Board of Directors (1988-present)
· President (2013)

Tour de Lis, Co-founder/Board of Directors (2006 – 2014)

SOLACE (Support of Lawyers/Legal Personnel – All Concern Encouraged) program, participant (2005-present)

H.E.L.P. (Homeless Experience Legal Protection) Program, participant (2005-present)

New Orleans Bar Association
· Inn of Court

Federal Bar Association
· Admiralty Law Committee

Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA)
· Legal Forum Organization Committee

YMCA “Home for the Holidays” Program, participant (1992-present)

Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, Budget Committee Member (1989-1993)

Woldenberg Village/Willow Wood, Board of Directors (1988-1995)

Contact Information

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Louisiana (all courts)

U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, 1981

U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, 1981

U.S. Supreme Court, 1988


Tulane University Law School, J.D., 1979

Tulane University, B.A., 1976, cum laude


Certified Mediator, American Arbitration Association (AAA)



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