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Antonio J. Rodriguez


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400 Poydras Street
30th Floor
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

Direct Line: (504) 595-5170
Telephone: (504) 523-2600
Fax: (504) 523-2705
Cell: (504) 723-6008

11 North Water Street, Suite 10290
Mobile, Alabama  36695

Phone: (251) 344-4721
Fax: (251) 343-7503

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Mr. Rodriguez has extensive experience in all aspects of maritime law, with particular emphasis on collision, other significant shipping and pollution casualties, limitation of liability, environmental regulation, maritime products liability, vessel construction and repair, cargo and chartering disputes. He is an internationally recognized expert on the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and CERCLA, subjects upon which he has written and lectured extensively.

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, December 7, 1944; admitted to bar, 1973, Louisiana. Education: United States Naval Academy (B.S., with merit, 1966); Loyola University of the South (J.D. cum laude, 1973). Associate Editor, Loyola Law Review, 1971-1973. Since 1981, he has been a Professor of Maritime Law (The Law of Collision, Limitation of Liability, and Oil Pollution), Tulane University School of Law. United States Navy - Active Duty (1966-1970), Reserve Duty (1970 to 1995); Captain, U.S. Naval Reserve (Ret.).


  • Maritime Law
  • Environmental and Energy Law
  • Litigation 


  • U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. Coast Guard) – “Distinguished Public Service Award,” 1993
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2008-present 
  • Who’s Who in American Law, 1995-present 
  • Who’s Who in America, 1998-present
  • Guide to the Leading US Lawyers - Best of the Best USA, 2007-present 
  • Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Shipping & Maritime Lawyers, 2002-present
  • Marquis’ Who’s Who in the World, 2007-present 
  • Louisiana Super Lawyer, 2008-present
  • Exclusive Contributor from US to International Law Office (ILO) Shipping & Transport Newsletter
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2013-present


  • Managing Partner, Fowler Rodriguez, June 1992-present
  • Partner, Phelps Dunbar, 1977-1992
  • Associate, Phelps, Dunbar, Marks, Claverie & Sims, 1973-1977
  • Law Clerk, Phelps, Dunbar, Marks, Claverie & Sims, 1971-1973
  • Naval Officer, U.S. Navy, 1966-1970

Bar Admissions:

  • Louisiana (1973)
  • U.S. District Courts - Eastern District of Louisiana (1973), Middle District of Louisiana (1975), Western District of Louisiana (1977), Southern District of Mississippi (1991), Southern District of Texas (2014)
  • U.S. Courts of Appeal - Fifth Circuit (1973), Eleventh Circuit (1981), Fourth Circuit (1991) First Circuit (1997)
  • U.S. Supreme Court (1987)
  • U.S. Court of International Trade (1991) 


  • United States Naval Academy (B.S., with merit, 1966)
  • Loyola University of the South (J.D., Cum Laude, 1973)

Professional Associations:

  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • Louisiana State (Section on Environmental Law) Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association (Committee on Admiralty and Maritime Litigation and Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law and Sub-Committees on Collision Litigation and Limitation of Liability)
  • Louisiana State Law Institute
  • Fellow, Louisiana Bar Foundation
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States (Committees on Regulation of Vessel Operations, Safety, Security and Navigation; Cruise Lines & Passenger Ships; and Marine Torts and Casualties)
  • National Navigation Safety Advisory Council (formerly the Rules of the Road Advisory Council) (21 members) under appointment from the U.S. Secretary of Transportation (Chairman - 1990 to 1994) (Member - 1987-1990; 2000-2010)
  • Member of the Permanent Advisory Board of the Tulane Admiralty Law Institute
  • President, Greater New Orleans Council of the Navy League of the U.S.
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
  • Association of Average Adjusters of the United States • Association of Average Adjusters (U.K.)

Recent Publications:

  • Co-Author:  United States Law Chapter, Marine Pollution Control, Lloyd’s Practical Shipping Guides (2018)
  • Author: Chapter IX, Vol. 3 “Marine Oil Pollution,” Benedict on Admiralty, 1995-present

  • Co-author of copyrighted Coursebooks entitled, Admiralty: Limitation of Liability - Cases and Materials and Admiralty: The Law of Collision - Cases and Materials

  • Author: “How to Minimize Your Exposure: Practical Strategies in the Defense of Marine Pollution Claims,” Environmental Claims Journal (1993)

  • Author: “When Your Ship is in the Bull’s Eye: The Maritime Transportation Security Act and Potential Vessel Owner Liability to Third Parties Resulting From a Terrorist Attack,” University of San Francisco Maritime Law Journal, Vol. 17, Issue 2 (2004)

  • Co-Author: “The Oil Pollution Act of 1990,” Tulane Maritime Law Journal (1990)

  • Co-Author: “Overview of U.S. Law of Shipowners’ Limitation of Liability,” Maritime Law Association Reports (1991) (Reprinted, Il Diritti Marittimo, Genoa, Italy (1992)

  • Co-Author: “The International Safety Management (ISM) Code: A New Level of Uniformity,” Tulane Law Review (1999)

  • Book Review: “Farwell’s Rules of the Nautical Road” (Eighth Edition) By: Craig H. Allen, Journal of Maritime Law & Commerce, Vol. 37, No. 1, January 2006

  • Co-Author: “United States of America,” Enforcement of Judgments, Awards & Deeds in Commercial Matters (European Lawyer Series; First edition 2012)

  • Co-Author:  “Evolution of Marine Pollution Law, 1966-2016,” Tulane Law Review Volume 91, Number 5 Copyright 2017


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