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Stephen C. Hanemann


International trade, maritime, and transportation law thought innovator, Stephen Hanemann, guides some of the world’s most advanced companies by leveraging their trade, finance, logistics, and transportation-related challenges and opportunities. He is among a small class of lawyers in the country who bring the depth of skill to navigate company owners, directors, and general counsel through the intricacies of the Jones Act and other coastwide laws and international-trade regulations.

Stephen believes in real-time, practical-legal solutions for clients engaged in admiralty and maritime operations, intermodal and multi-modal carriage or shipment; project and acquisition finance; import-export and customs regulatory compliance; and municipal law, land use, leasing, and construction matters. Stephen earned his stellar reputation for permit procurement, premises liability, conditional use, and efficient and compliant daily best practices by serving national restaurant brands, local hotels, restaurants, and bars engaged in business activities ranging from organic food distribution to international specialty market operation.

Stephen exerts calculated and exacting effort in supporting commercial objectives of his clients acting as bulk and break-bulk cargo handlers, shippers, carriers, trans-loaders, and LPG and LNG terminal and facility operators – no matter how complex or difficult the proposition. His practice thrives through evaluating projects and problems and providing uniquely creative solutions of a tangible yielding positive-practical results. 

His legal breadth spans from conception and design to completion and even post-closing advisory services that support continuous growth and upward development. Stephen has formed numerous companies for established and new businesses in the marine, transportation, construction, hospitality, and logistics industry sectors. 

For commercial bankers, lending institutions, and private investors, Stephen negotiates, documents, and closes a wide array of transactions from marine asset financing and re-financing to commercial leasing, to the financing, sale, and purchase of real property. His fluency in a multitude of asset classes includes real estate, data, river-based fleeting operations, ship berths and anchorages, deep-water ports, oil and gas equipment and rigs, and other transferable holdings. Stephen’s experience in U.S. Coast Guard and National Vessel Documentation Center procedures and vessel documentation is manifest in his ability to guide clients beyond traditional lending, borrowing, and sales practices in vessel finance, acquisition, and divestiture. 

Stephen’s clients return again and again seeking out his advice because he is dedicated to working harder, being ever more accessible, and providing a deeper level of commitment to monetizing client opportunities while minimizing risk. A bonafide value-add, Stephen brings his extensive connectivity to problem-solving via his established network of industry insiders and leaders throughout Louisiana, across the country, and around the world. From Presidents to project leaders, Stephen provides access to essential and effective contacts. 

Clients appreciate Stephen’s individual attention, actionable legal solutions, clever instincts, and natural ability to establish and maintain the momentum and rapport needed to turn vision into reality. A down-to-earth, people person who values everyone, from owners and C-suite executives to vessel crew, dockside support, and labor-oriented professionals, Stephen always thinks about how he can help his clients by putting their needs first, and taking the time to listen, learn, and understand their business operations to harness the benefits of their team’s collective talents requisite to turning a company’s vision into an operational reality.

Representative Experience
  • Represented the domestic purchaser of an international-sourced product from foreign and domestic sellers; structured the supply chain and transaction finance 
  • Represented international offshore vessel operator with tax-treaty compliance advice related to international and domestic offshore wind-energy initiatives
  • Represented one of the world’s largest privately held shipbuilding companies in advices related to Jones Act and non-seaman wage and hour evaluation
  • Represented global leader in chemical production and sales with advices related to international trade compliance and raw material supply contracting
  • Represented nationally renowned cement and materials company in numerous commercial endeavors ranging from lease negotiation and enforcement to terminal servicing and cargo transfer to emergency response protocol  
  • Represented a domestic manufacturer in the creation of a product sales agreement for the international trade of steel materials
  • Represented vessel operators in numerous demurrage dispute resolutions 
  • Represented a U.S.-based sales affiliate of an overseas territory manufacturing facility in international trade sanction compliance
  • Represented a global mariculture operator in the mobilization of equipment for the development of a new offshore facility, along with the negotiation of international charter parties to procure and hire support vessels
  • Represented the purchaser of an international foods market in the acquisition of a business and negotiation of a commercial lease  
  • Represented a chemical company in the formation of agreements to ship project cargo from far East Asia to the U.S.
  • Represented an affiliate of a chemical manufacturing facility in agreements to transload and inland ship heavy-lift units 
  • Represented a private investment firm in arbitration involving the division of ownership interests in various oil and gas projects
  • Represented an LNG company in the development of an export facility, vessel terminal, and agreements governing supporting vessel time charters and terminal servicing
  • Represented an LPG terminal operator with marine services agreements for various vessels, import, and export facilities
  • Seized an oil tanker in the Mississippi River to obtain security for dock damage
  • Defended and vacated multiple vessel arrests for vessel owner 
  • Represented a land acquisition group in arbitration regarding recognition and forfeiture of ownership in hydrocarbon production prospects
  • Represented a midstream bulk cargo handler in connection with the movement of coal, petcoke, and related commodities
  • Represented a commercial vessel owner and operator in numerous fleet refinancings, documentation, and redocumentation transactions
  • Represented a global bulk product shipper in a contract demurrage dispute with a carrier
  • Represented international trade clients in coordinating, negotiating, and arranging shipment of bulk, break-bulk, containerized, and project cargo
  • Represented numerous shippers of bulk cargoes in various transportation and servicing agreements
  • Represented numerous carriers in transportation agreement negotiations
  • Represented a bulk buyer of calcined petroleum coke and facilitated intermodal transportation logistics and agreements related to the shipment of the bulk product 
  • Led an arbitration team in the resolution of downhole damage secondary to the underground blowout of an oil and gas well
  • Represented international clients in matters involving trade disputes governed by the U.S. Bureau of Industry and Security and the Office of Foreign Asset Control 
  • Represented a large midstream stevedoring company with the finance, acquisition, and development of batture property and fleeting operations along the lower Mississippi River
  • Represented a vessel owner and operator in the sale of high-capacity floating cranes to a foreign purchaser, and handled all aspects of the transaction from drafting the purchase and sale agreement to obtaining governmental agency approval of the sale through the shipment of the assets to a foreign destination
  • Successfully tried a multi-million dollar arbitration involving the conversion of a coal to gas-fired plant conversion for a large electric power generation facility
  • Represented an offshore drilling company in its $45 million acquisition of nearly a dozen offshore drilling units, including the coordination of foreign and domestic vessel registry, and the application and procurement of various operating licenses, permits, and documentation; this representation included forming a corporate ownership entity under the international registry
  • Represented a Cayman Island-based vessel owner in the acquisition of a $63 million luxury yacht
  • Represented an offshore oilfield services provider in filing and enforcing liens under the Louisiana Oil Well Lien Act
  • Represented a domestic seller of bulk cargo transfer equipment in transactions involving an international coal mining and processing company
  • Prepared vessel arrest and cargo seizure suits and successfully negotiated the recovery of accounts receivable for numerous vendors
  • Seized and arrested vessels of all shapes and sizes
  • Coordinated advices to a U.S. affiliate of entities engaged in international steel trade and foreign and domestic steel product manufacturing
  • Represented a Houston, Texas-based client with the cash-sale acquisition of a $17.5 million luxury yacht
  • Represented a local bank in a tax-exempt vessel finance deal for the purchase of a commercial vessel
  • Represented a regional bank in closing a transaction for multiple marine assets in a commercial vessel fleet
  • Represented numerous commercial lenders in closing transactions pertaining to waterfront property and marine asset acquisitions and vessel finance
  • Represented a large commercial shipyard in litigation involving an allegedly injured welder, and obtained dismissal of all claims against the shipyard at both the trial court and appellate court levels
  • Assisted a local construction contractor with numerous issues involving the successful satisfaction and dismissal of project liens
  • Advised an international affiliate of a domestic pipeline company regarding compliance with Export Administration Regulations and export control classification issues
  • Represented a Gulf of Mexico installation operator in property damage litigation, successfully coordinating with the U.S. Coast Guard and Marshall Service to seize and detain an offshore tug, its tow, and cargo as security for the damages incurred by the platform
  • Assisted a drilling well operator and non-operating interest owners in drafting and negotiating Joint Operating Agreements, Participation Agreements, Exploration Agreements, and Gas Balancing Agreements
  • Assisted a non-operating interest owner and investor in a land-based drilling prospect in the negotiation and drafting of buy/sell agreements
  • Represented a community organic grocer in municipal land use hearings before the New Orleans City Council and City Planning Commission
  • Negotiated and closed a $32 million vessel finance loan based on yacht collateral 
  • Represented numerous restaurants and alcohol beverage outlets in obtaining permits and other operational licenses
  • Represented a domestic affiliate of a foreign manufacturer, exporter, and importer in matters involving custom duties compliance and successful administrative fee reduction
  • Negotiated numerous leases for tenants of Port Authorities
  • Supported all aspects of a naval war commission’s refit and refurbishment of a WWII era historical vessel 

  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, J.D., 2002
    • Member, Teaching Assistant, Moot Court Program
    • Treasurer, Student Bar Association
    • President, Student Bar Association
    • Law School President, Loyola Student Government Association
  • University of Texas at Austin, B.A., 1999
  • L'Université Catholique de L'Ouest, Angers, France (Summer 1997)
  • University of New Orleans (Summer 1996)

  • Louisiana
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • United State Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of International Trade, Washington D.C.
  • Member, New Orleans Bar Association
  • Member, Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Jefferson Bar Association
  • Member, Mariner’s Club of the Port of Greater New Orleans
  • Member, Offshore Marine Service Association
  • Member, World Trade Center New Orleans
  • Member, Mississippi Valley Trade and Transport Council
  • Member, International Association of Maritime & Port Executives
  • Member, GNO, Inc.
Articles, Publications and Presentations
Community Service
  • Founder, International Trade Practice, Kean Miller
  • Member, Business Development Committee; Insurance Coverage and Risk Mitigation Committee; Ancillary Business Task Force, Kean Miller
  • Member, Board of Directors, Past Chair, World Trade Center New Orleans
  • Member, New Orleans Museum of Art, Friends of City Park, and Audubon Zoological Society
  • Member, Past President, Law Alumni Association Board of Directors, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
  • Member, Board of Directors, Louisiana International Trade Foundation
  • Member, Louisiana International Trade Advisory Council
  • Member, Trade Strategy Task Force, GNO, Inc.
  • Member, Board of Directors, Boys Hope Girls Hope
  • Founding Member, Board of Directors, Monumental Chef
  • Member, Board of Directors, Lakewood Property Owners Association
  • Volunteer, Homeless Experience Legal Protection Program
  • Participant, Firm Liaison, Orleans Parish Public Defenders Pro Bono Project
  • Member, Board of Directors, Liberty’s Kitchen, 2010-2023
  • Member, House of Blues Music Forward Foundation, 2014-2018
  • Founding Member; Board of Directors, Louisiana Athletics Program, 2014-2021
  • Race Judicata Planning Committee Chair; CCC Charity Liaison, Boys Hope Girls Hope, 2008-2020
  • Member, Muscle Team Committee, Muscular Dystrophy Association, 2012-2013
  • Member, Board of Directors, United Way Visiting Nurses Association, 2010-2012
  • Founding Member; Board of Directors, Foundation for the Advancement of Maritime Education, 2009-2010
  • Past Project Group Leader, Proud to Call it Home Campaign of the Young Leadership Council, 2002-2003
  • Louisiana Boys State, Director, Staff, Citizen, Outstanding Mayor, 1994-2004
  • "Super Lawyer," Louisiana Super Lawyers, 2012-2015
  • "Leadership in Law," New Orleans CityBusiness, 2012
  • "Albert L. Clary Award for Outstanding Mayor," Louisiana Boys State, 1994
CityBusiness Leadership in Law
CityBusiness - Leadership in Law
Lorman Distinguished Faculty Member
International Trade Certificate
International Trade Certificate