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Michael Harowski


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400 Poydras Street
30th Floor
New Orleans, LA 70130

Direct: 504-595-5125
Telephone: 504-523-2600
Mobile: 386-316-2960
Fax: 504-523-2705
E-mail: mharowski@frfirm.com

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Michael Harowski joined Fowler Rodriguez in 2006 and has focused his practice in the fields of maritime law, environmental law, and marine and pollution casualty response.  His practice has focused on cases involving marine casualties, collision, pollution, fire, personal injury, complex maritime products liability, oil spill response, maritime and environmental regulation, cargo claims, insurance coverage and defense, charter parties, commercial litigation, contract disputes, and a wide range of transactional matters.  He is a member of the firm’s on-scene casualty/pollution response team, where he has participated in responses to major vessel casualties and oil spills and has obtained extensive exposure to federal and international regulatory investigations and pollution liability laws.

A native of Ormond Beach, Florida, Mr. Harowski graduated from Emory University with his bachelors in economics before obtaining his law degree from the Tulane University School of Law. While studying at Tulane, he received the Charles Kohlmeyer Jr. award, presented to an outstanding graduate in the field of maritime law. He also was a managing editor of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal.


  • Maritime Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Marine Casualty and Pollution Response
  • Regulatory Investigation
  • Insurance Coverage and Defense
  • Personal Injury
  • Contract Law
  • Civil Litigation


  • New Orleans City Business Leadership in Law
  • Super Lawyers - Rising Star
  • Louisiana State Bar Association Young Lawyers Spotlight
  • Charles Kohlmeyer Jr. Award

Bars & Courts:

  • Louisiana State Bar, 2006
  • US Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 2006
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana, 2006
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of Texas, 2014
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 2017


  • B.A., Emory University, 2003, Economics
  • J.D., Tulane University School of Law, 2006

Professional Associations:

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • Maritime Law Association
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
  • World Affairs Council of New Orleans
  • Propeller Club of New Orleans
  • Mariner's Club of New Orleans


  • Author: Maritime attachment permissible to obtain security for foreign arbitration, but only as adjunct to obtaining jurisdiction, International Law Office (2017)
  • Co-Author: Evolution of Marine Pollution Law, 1966-2016, 91 Tul. L. Rev. 1009 (2017)
  • Co-Author: "United States of America," Enforcement of Judgments, Awards & Deeds in Commercial Matters (European Lawyer Series, First edition 2013)
  • Editor: Benedict on Admiralty, Chapter IX, Vol. 3 "Marine Oil Pollution"
  • Editor: Law School Textbooks entitled "Admiralty: Limitation of Liability - Cases and Materials" and "Admiralty: The Law of Collision - Cases and Materials"
  • Regular contributor to the International Law Office’s Shipping & Transport Newsletter

Community Involvement:

  • Young Leadership Council - Board of Directors, General Counsel
  • WWNO New Orleans Public Radio - Executive Council Member, Committee Chair
  • Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans (“EPNO”) - Alumni, Committee Member
  • New Orleans Video Access Center (“NOVAC”) - Advisory Board
  • 504ward - Member


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