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Alanson T. Chenault, IV


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400 Poydras Street
30th Floor
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

Direct Line: (504) 595-5157
Telephone: (504) 523-2600
Fax: (504) 523-2705
Cellular: (504) 812-9948
E-Mail: atc@frfirm.com

Alanson T. (Skipper) Chenault is a partner in the firm’s New Orleans office. He has extensive maritime law experience, with particular emphasis on collision, fire, machinery failures, and other significant shipping and pollution casualties, limitation of liability, maritime products liability, cargo and chartering disputes, and environmental problems. He is the co-leader of the firm’s on-scene casualty/pollution response team. His practice centers on marine casualties, collision, cargo claims, pollution, personal injury and death, toxic tort, environmental, products liability, insurance, commercial and business matters, and appellate work. He has represented clients in federal and state courts, and during U.S. Coast Guard and National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigations. He has argued cases before the United States Fourth and Fifth Circuits, and the Louisiana Courts of Appeal.

Mr. Chenault has many years of practical maritime experience and training. He has an in-depth knowledge of navigation, marine engineering, propulsion systems, and ship design, after obtaining a Naval Architecture degree from the U.S. Naval Academy, completing the Navy’s rigorous nuclear propulsion training program, teaching engineering at the Naval Academy, and serving in nuclear submarines, both as a deck and an engineering officer. He is also very experienced with offshore sail training and ocean racing. After eleven years on active duty, Mr. Chenault attended Tulane Law School, and was a managing editor of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal. He retired from the Naval Reserve at the rank of captain. 


  • Admiralty/Maritime
  • Environmental
  • Insurance
  • Commercial
  • Appellate 

 Bars & Courts:

  • Louisiana State and Federal Courts
  • Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Fourth, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • B.S. (Naval Architecture), U.S. Naval Academy, 1976
  • U.S. Navy Nuclear Propulsion Training, 1977
  • J.D., honors, Tulane Law School, 1991

Professional Recognition:

  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers

 Professional and Civic Associations:

  • Navigation Safety Advisory Council
  • U.S. Maritime Law Association
  • Society of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering
  • Propeller Club
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • President, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Maritime Museum


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