A native New Orleanian, Mr. Hale joined the firm in 2006 as a member of the Marine and Energy section. With an evenly divided state and federal court defense practice, Mr. Hale represents clients in maritime torts, personal injury and property damage, contract negotiation and litigation.
Mr. Hale's practice is concentrated in the defense of bodily injury and death cases with an emphasis in marine and offshore litigation claims. He also represents businesses in contract negotiations, corporate structuring, and a variety of business disputes. He also has experience handling property taking cases on behalf of landowners, including appropriation and expropriation cases with the United States Corps of Engineers and local Levee Districts.
He has experience handling energy-related claims, including interpretation of indemnity and insurance requirements in vessel charters and Master Service Agreements as well as interpretation of the anti-indemnity acts of Louisiana and Texas.