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Bradley J. Schlotterer


As a proven first-chair trial counsel, Brad Schlotterer is one of the premier energy and maritime attorneys in the Southeast. He is known for effectively handling a wide range of matters before the Federal and State Courts of Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, New York, Mississippi, Utah, and Alaska. Whether a case hits the headlines or requires the highest level of diplomacy to reach an amicable result, clients rely on Brad to resolve their most serious litigation issues valued from millions to hundreds of millions of dollars in dispute.

Notably, Brad has been involved in some of the state's largest and most precedent-setting disputes. He has created new law at the trial court and appellate levels in the areas of energy, maritime, bankruptcy, and public bid law.

Brad combines three decades of litigation experience with a sophisticated understanding of each client's distinct operations to develop credible, well-informed, and effective litigation strategies. He is dedicated to understanding the often-differing points of view involved in high-stakes litigation and is appreciated for his diplomacy, often working effectively with opposing counsel to reduce the senseless disputes that only unnecessarily delay the litigation while increasing costs and expenses for everyone.

By taking the time to develop relationships with those he serves and understand what they consider a success, Brad's clients can get back to focusing on their business while he attends to their legal needs.

Representative Experience
  • Representation of oil companies in decommissioning obligations in the Gulf of Mexico involving disputes with BSEE/BOEM and bankruptcies of contracting parties
  • Representation of a client involved in the exploration of R.M.S. TITANIC ruins and implosion of a manned submersible, which involves marine investigations being conducted by multiple countries
  • Representation of various oil companies in litigation and governmental proceedings resulting from pipelines being ruptured by vessels, including all issues surrounding a significant environmental clean-up and OPA 90
  • Developing strategies for federal court litigation (OCSLA and Limitation of Liability) involving large energy/maritime casualties for drilling contractors and oil companies
  • Appellant counsel at the U.S. Fifth Circuit for bankruptcy disputes involving creditor’s rights
  • Representation of NFL athletes in securities and other financial claims regarding investment advice and activities
  • Representation of an oil company in a dispute with a co-venturer over a multi-million-dollar contract involving a drilling project on the North Slope of Alaska
  • Representation of various oil companies and drilling companies in litigation involving disputes over contracts with service companies and oil companies, including Master Service Agreements
  • Drafting of Master Service Agreements and drilling contracts for various drilling companies and oil companies
  • Representation of various energy companies in well blow-outs and all claims arising from significant catastrophes, which involve contract disputes, personal injury and death claims, environmental issues, and large property damage claims
  • Representation of various oil companies in claims involving OPA 90 regulations and governmental investigations, as well as applications to the Oil Spill Trust Fund
  • Representation of numerous marine and energy companies in U.S. Coast Guard and OSHA investigations and hearings
  • Representation of various barge companies, drilling companies, and oil companies in lawsuits filed by offshore workers based on the Jones Act, General Maritime Law, Louisiana and Texas state law, and the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA)
  • Representation of a national transportation company in a public bid dispute with the City of New Orleans and the Armstrong International Airport
  • Appointed Special Assistant Attorney General by the Louisiana Attorney General to represent the State of Louisiana and the Board of Supervisors in lawsuits filed against Louisiana State Colleges
  • Counsel to the Board for the Louisiana State Police involving litigation against its employees

  • LSU Law Center, J.D., 1995
  • Louisiana State University, B.S., Finance, 1991

  • Louisiana
  • The Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • United States District Courts for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Courts for the Southern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court for the District of Alaska
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi
  • Member, Board of Directors, 2010-2020, Federal Bar Association (E.D.La.)
  • Member, Energy Litigation Section, New Orleans Bar Association
  • Member, Energy Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, Energy Section, Federal Bar Association
  • Charter Member, John M. Duhe, Jr. American Inn of Court
  • Member, National Resources and Energy Section, Louisiana State Bar Association
Articles, Publications and Presentations
  • "Procedures for Pooling and Unitization," Louisiana Mineral Law Services (1995), Vol. 15, No. 4.
  • AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • "Super Lawyer," Louisiana Super Lawyers, 2014-2023
  • "Elite Lawyer of the South," ALM and Martindale Hubbell, 2019
  • "Leadership in the Law" Award, New Orleans CityBusiness, 2010
  • "Top Attorneys in New Orleans for Admiralty & Maritime Law," New Orleans Magazine, 2010-2023
Community Service
  • Volunteer, Ochsner Eat Fit Nonprofit Program
  • Past Member, Board of Trustees (2002-2006), Paul M. Hebert (LSU) Law Center
  • Volunteer, Rebuilding Together New Orleans
  • Judge, Teen Court for Juvenile Offenders
  • Sustaining Member, New Orleans Museum of Art
  • Judge, National Trial Advocacy Competition
  • Judge, Tulane Moot Court Competition
  • Volunteer, Loaves & Fishes Project to feed workers in Hurricane ravaged areas of New Orleans
  • Volunteer, Multiple Sclerosis Bike Ride Staff
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