Our Attorneys

Robert B. Acomb, III

Robert B. Acomb, III is a highly respected trial lawyer with extensive experience in maritime, admiralty law, civil, and personal injury defense cases. He has also handled multiple Federal, State, and Administrative Law Trials involving personal injury, death, LHWCA, and State workers compensation cases. Mr. Acomb is known for being meticulous with details and accessible to his clients, qualities that have attributed to him being widely recognized by his peers as one of the best in the legal community. Martindale Hubble has chosen him for an AV rating preeminent rating for the highest level of professional excellence, and a distinguished rating from his peers for high professional achievement. He has been included in Best Lawyers in America (Admiralty and Maritime Law), Louisiana Super Lawyers (Personal Injury – Transportation/Maritime, General Litigation) and New Orleans Magazine Top Lawyers (Admiralty and Maritime Law), and Biz New Orleans (Best Lawyers Admiralty & Maritime Law).

Mr. Acomb has a proven track record of winning multi-million dollar cases that includes many impressive legal accomplishments. He has extensive experience in shipboard casualty and serious personal injury and wrongful death cases in blue and brown water accidents. He has represented numerous claimants involved in maritime blue and brown water injury and death cases, property damage, collision, contract, railroad, cargo, transportation, products liability, mass tort, products liability, asbestos, toxic tort, and offshore cases. He has handled diver cases, government contractor disputes involving repairs to dredges as well as mass tort personal injury claims in the F/V CARIBE TIDE and car barge, ROANOKE collision case in U. S. Virgin Islands. He was also involved in the Avondale DeLaval Turbine case involving multiple turbine engine damages due to product design in LASH vessels.

He has lectured on maritime law to professional organizations, including “Practical Problems in Maritime Practice,” which he presented to the Maritime Law Association. Mr. Acomb has also been involved in legal education. He is a faculty member for Tulane University Law School’s Civil Pre-Trial Litigation Intersession Boot Camp and substitute adjunct professor in Personal Injury & Death 2.

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Practice Areas

Education

  • Tulane University (B.A. 1976)
  • Tulane University Law School (J.D. 1979)

Admissions, Accreditation & Organizations

  • BAR ADMISSIONS

    • State of Louisiana
    • U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
  • PUBLICATIONS

    • “Damages Recoverable in Collision and Stranding Cases,” Standing Committee on Admiralty and Maritime Law and Tort and Insurance Practice Section, American Bar Association, ABA Press, (1984)
  • REPORTED CASES

    • Keith Thompson vs. Fab-Con, Inc., et al. Case No.: 2014-LHC-1071 OWCP No.: 07-197180 U. S. Dept. of Labor Office of Administrative Law Judges (2014)
    • Mike Hooks Dredging v. Eckstein Marine Service Inc. et al, No. 08-3945 (Ed. La. 2012); No. 12-30474 (5th Cir.2012)
    • Bordelon Marine Inc., v. F/V KENNY BOY, 780 F. Sup. 2d 497 (Ed. La. 2011)
    • Wade v. Bordelon Marine Inc., 770 F. Supp. 2d 822 (N.D. Fla. 2011)
    • Keen v. Chet Morrison Contractors Inc., 2:09-cv-04271(E.D. La. 2009)
    • Hebert v. Dynamic Industries Inc., 16 So. 3d 1173 (La. App. 4th Cir. 2009)
    • Earl Lemon v. Diamond Offshore USA, Inc., No.: 46-365, Twenty Fifth Judicial District Court, Parish of Plaquemines, State of Louisiana (March 2004)
    • Falgout Brothers Inc., v. Houston Casualty Company, No. 02-30635 (5th Cir. March 14, 2003)
    • In the Matter of Thomas Allemand v. Max Welders Inc., and Zurich American Insurance Co., Case No.: 2003-LHC-1046, OWCP No.: 07-165094 (2003)
  • ORGANIZATIONS

    • Member, Federal Bar Association
    • Member, New Orleans Bar Association
    • Proctor Member, The Maritime Law Association of the United States; Member, Committee on Maritime Personnel
    • Resident Associate Member, Association of Average Adjusters of the United States
    • Member, Mariner’s Club of the Port of New Orleans