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R. Chauvin Kean

Chauvin Kean is an associate in the New Orleans office of Kean Miller. He joined the firm in 2015 and practices in a variety of areas, including the admiralty and maritime, and business and corporate groups. Specifically, his practice areas include: admiralty and maritime litigation; oil and gas transactions and litigation; international trade; customs compliance; construction litigation; insurance coverage; and general and commercial litigation. He has experience with in a variety of issues, including Jones Act compliance, oil and gas exploration, pipeline construction, drilling incidents, well blowouts, cargo damage claims, ship and barge allisions, maritime liens, vessel and marine asset acquisitions, redhibition claims, lemon laws claims; drafting and negotiating charter agreements; documenting and registering vessels; drafting and interpreting oil and gas related documentation such as ground and mineral leases; Joint Operating Agreements; joint venture agreements, Master Services Agreements; and general commercial and contract disputes. In addition to his litigation experience, Chauvin has developed his transactional practice to assist clients in developing and maintaining standard form contracts used to limit liability and to acquire or sell marine assets, which includes vessel financing, commercial lending, private equity and investing groups, and the formation and dissolution of various companies.

Representative Experience
  • Representation of an offshore drilling company in defense of personal injury claims
  • Representation of a commercial vessel owner and operator in numerous fleet refinancing, documentation, and re-documentation transactions
  • Representation of a large midstream energy company in the negotiation and drafting of pipeline construction plans
  • Representation of upstream energy company in the acquisition of a fleet of vessels
  • Negotiation of bareboat and time charter party agreements
  • Representation of an upstream energy company in a well blowout suit
  • Representation of land-based oil and gas exploration company in Joint Operating disputes
  • Assisted and negotiated various offshore oil and gas exploration and production service agreements
  • Successfully challenged commercial tax assessments before various Parish Councils
  • Representation of various land-based oil and gas pipeline owners in tax disputes
  • Coordinated and strategized marine expeditions for research institutions to insure compliance with coastwise regulations
  • Representation of various clients before the Department of Natural Resources
  • Conducted in-house seminars for large upstream and midstream companies concerning Jones Act compliance regulations
  • Assisted and negotiated the acquisition of foreign-built multipurpose oil field services vessel
  • Drafted various standard form contracts for a variety of clients


Chauvin earned his B.A. in Political Science from Millsaps College in 2010 and his M.B.A. from Else School of Management Millsaps College in 2011. He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 2015, where he was Managing Editor of the Loyola Journal of Public Interest Law. He also participated in the Loyola Moot Court Program and was an oralist for the 2013-14 Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Team.

  • Admitted, Louisiana, 2015; United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana; United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • Member, New Orleans and Louisiana State Bar Associations; Member, Federal Bar Association; Member, Maritime Law Association (MLA).
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