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Edward F. LeBreton, III


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400 Poydras Street
30th Floor
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

Direct Line: (504) 595-5142
Telephone: (504) 523-2600
Fax: (504) 523-2705
E-Mail: lebreton@frfirm.com

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Since being admitted to the bar in 1975, Edward F. LeBreton, III has practiced in all facets of maritime, energy, and marine and non-marine insurance law. He is admitted in Louisiana, Texas, and Federal courts.

In the field of insurance, he has represented assureds and underwriters with regard to disputes under hull, cargo, builder's risk, P&I, MEL, CGL, control of well, and excess and umbrella policies. He has given opinions regarding coverage and prepared reservations of rights. He also has advised lenders with respect to the insurance aspects of maritime finance transactions. From 1990 to 1994, he was chairman of the U.S. Maritime Law Association sub-committee on P&I insurance and, from 1994 to 1998, he was chairman of the standing committee on Marine Insurance and General Average.

In non-marine insurance, he has represented insureds and underwriters with respect to property, general liability, pollution, fidelity bond and title coverage questions. 

In the maritime field, he has represented vessel, charter, and cargo interests. He has obtained judgments for carriers on the basis of error in navigation, customary freight unit, and lack of a recoverable property interest. He has obtained judgments for charter and cargo interests recovering for the loss of both packaged and bulk shipments.

He has litigated collision, removal of wreck, pollution, products liability, and other vessel related cases in both inland and blue-water settings. He has prosecuted complaints for exoneration from or limitation of liability, and obtained judgments of no fault in collision cases. He has arrested vessels in the assertion of various maritime liens, including those arising from charter parties.

He has defended numerous personal injury cases involving both jury and judge trials. These claims have arisen in inland waters and ocean trades, and include limitations on the rights of foreign seamen. They have involved a variety of injuries, including toxic torts. These cases also have included issues of contract and indemnity, and the application of both the Louisiana and Texas anti-indemnity statutes.

In the energy field, he has prosecuted and defended control of well and loss/delayed production claims. He has defended personal injury claims arising on offshore and inland rigs, including fire and explosion. He has defended claims involving damage to production equipment and underground pipelines, and obtained a substantial recovery in the capsize of a drill barge. 

In bankruptcy court, he has represented claimants, and defended various adversary proceedings including claims for preference, avoidance, and fraudulent transfer.


  • Maritime Law
  • Energy Law
  • Marine and Non-Marine Insurance Law
  • Bankruptcy Litigation


  • CityBusiness Leadership in the Law Award, 2006
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers, 2008-2018
  • Best Lawyers 2013-2019

Bars & Courts:

  • Louisiana, 1975
  • Texas, 1994


  • B.A., Tulane University, 1971
  • J.D., Tulane University, 1975

Professional Associations:

  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Tulane Admiralty Law Institute Planning Committee
  • Average Adjusters Association of the United States


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