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Brett P. Fenasci

Brett Fenasci is a partner in the New Orleans office of Kean Miller.  He joined the firm in 2006 and his litigation practice includes admiralty and maritime, energy, environmental, and commercial matters.

Brett is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, teaching Maritime Employee Remedies (2009-present).

Brett was selected by New Orleans CityBusiness as a 2015 Leadership in Law recipient.

Representative Experience

  • Defense verdict in jury trial of offshore personal injury claim against global energy producer
  • Defense verdict in jury trial of personal injury claim against offshore oil and gas exploration and production company
  • Defense verdict in jury trial of Jones Act claim against offshore drilling company
  • Defense verdict in jury trial of personal injury claim against offshore platform owner
  • Defense verdict in jury trial of property and personal injury claims arising out of vessel equipment failure
  • Successful bench trial of commercial dispute involving breach of contract and redhibition claims between oilfield equipment companies
  • Successful bench trial of commercial dispute involving breach of contract claims
  • Representation of energy company in multi-million dollar claim involving pipeline rupture caused by grounding of semi-submersible drilling rig
  • Representation of numerous drilling companies, energy companies, and offshore oilfield contractors in lawsuits filed by offshore workers under the Jones Act, General Maritime Law, Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA), the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA), as well as Louisiana and Texas state law
  • Representation of marine insurer in coverage dispute in the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal resulting in reversal of district court’s decision that coverage was owed under the policy 
  • Representation of vessel owners in property damage and personal injury litigation arising out of towing operations
  • Representation of various drilling companies and oil companies in contractual disputes, including Master Service Agreements
  • Representation of energy company in oil well blow-out 
  • Representation of CO2 manufacturer in product liability litigation
  • Representation of oilfield equipment manufacturer in product liability litigation
  • Representation of ship repairer in claim by vessel owner for property damage
  • Representation of construction companies in commercial disputes
  • Representation of Levee Board in class action antitrust litigation filed by pleasure craft owners

Education

Brett earned his B.A. in History, magna cum laude, from the University of Georgia in 2002. He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, in May 2005 from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law where he was a member of the Loyola Law Review and Loyola Moot Court. While at Loyola, Brett received several honors and awards, including the Judge S. Sanford Levy Best Brief Award and Memorial Scholarship, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Student Advocate Award, and the Law Excellence Awards for Federal Civil Procedure, Trial Practice, and Louisiana Obligations.

Admissions

  • Admitted, Louisiana, 2005; United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana, 2005;  United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2005

Memberships

  • New Orleans, Louisiana State and American Bar Associations; St. Thomas More Inn of Court

Articles, Presentations and Publications

Community Service

  • Board of Directors, Boys Hope Girls Hope of New Orleans (2010 - present)