Walter Maestri understands that a client’s business interests may outweigh winning the case at all costs. From the initial contact, he takes time to identify what his clients' primary goals and expectations are as he begins the process of defending their interests.
Walter is a maritime attorney working in the offshore fields representing companies that have contracts with oil and gas interests in the Gulf of Mexico. So, whether he’s representing the actual platform owner or the service industries that provide support to the oil and gas industry, he defends those companies against personal injury actions, property damage loss, lost oil and gas revenues, or other claims that may arise from operations in the Gulf. Working in partnerships with his clients, Walter also litigates cases arising under the Jones Act, the general maritime law, collisions/allisions and offshore platform accidents.
He has been recognized as a New Orleans Magazine Best Lawyer, a CityBusiness “One to Watch”, and has earned the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of AV Preeminent.
Walter currently serves as Chair of the firm’s Marine & Energy practice group and the firm's Finance Committee. He is the past Chair of the firm’s Recruiting and Diversity Committees. When he is not in the office, he enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, and working to perfect his award-winning barbeque.
“Being well versed in the interpretation of vessel charter parties, Master Service Agreements, and indemnity obligations arising within helps me defend vessel owners and their insurers to the best of my abilities.”