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Brett P. Fenasci

Brett Fenasci is a partner in the New Orleans office of Kean Miller. He practices in the admiralty and maritime, energy, environmental, and commercial litigation practice groups.  He has extensive litigation and trial experience in matters involving admiralty and maritime law, energy law, personal injury defense, vessel collisions and allisions, marine insurance, and commercial disputes.

Brett is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola University of New Orleans, College of Law, teaching admiralty and maritime law (2009-present). 

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

Representative Experience

  • Defense verdict in jury trial of Jones Act personal injury claim against vessel owner
  • Defense verdict in jury trial of personal injury claim against offshore platform owner
  • Defense verdict in jury trial of personal injury and property damage claims arising out of vessel equipment failure
  • Defense verdict in jury trial of personal injury claim against offshore energy producer
  • Defense verdict in jury trial of personal injury claim against offshore oil and gas exploration and production company
  • Successful bench trial of commercial dispute involving breach of contract and redhibition claims between oilfield equipment companies
  • Defense verdict in trial involving personal injury claims against oilfield service company in connection with a motor vehicle accident
  • Successful bench trial of breach of contract action involving alleged commercial construction defects
  • Representation of energy company in multi-million dollar claim involving pipeline rupture caused by grounding of semi-submersible drilling rig
  • Representation of numerous vessel owners in personal injury and property damage litigation arising out of towing operations
  • 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 numerous drilling companies, energy companies, and offshore oilfield contractors in lawsuits filed 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 various drilling companies, oil companies, and offshore contractors 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 contractors in commercial disputes
  • Representation of vessel owners and vessel charterers in charter party disputes

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, American and Federal Bar Associations; Loyola University School of Law, Adjunct Faculty; The Maritime Law Association of the United States; Loyola Maritime Law Journal Advisory Board; St. Thomas More Inn of Court

Articles, Presentations and Publications

Community Service

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