Christopher O. Davis

201 St. Charles Avenue
Suite 3600
New Orleans, Louisiana 70170
T: 504.566.5251
F: 504.636.3951

Chris Davis is a shareholder in the New Orleans and Washington, D.C., offices of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, and the contact for the Firm's International Arbitration Practice Group. For the past 30 years he has represented marine, energy and insurance clients in arbitration and litigation matters. Mr. Davis is bilingual (English and Spanish) and has a working knowledge of French and Portuguese. He has been awarded the AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory which is the highest possible rating for legal ability and ethical standards.

Recent Representative Arbitration Matters

  • Defended ICC arbitration and two appeals to the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in securing confirmation of an international arbitral award on behalf of a state-owned petroleum company which resulted in the dismissal of more than $100 million in breach of contract and tort claims, arising out of the sale of multiple gasoline shipments, and ordered reimbursement to the client of over $730,000 in attorney's fees and costs.
  • Represented state-owned oil company in breach of contract claims arising out of the purchase of crude oil and related antitrust disputes
  • Represented Mexican fabrication company defending claims arising out of a platform construction and transportation contract.
  • Represented Japanese shipowners and underwriters in claims arising out of a collision in the Bay of Campeche, Mexico.
  • Represented Turkish company in breach of contract and tort claims arising out of a business consultancy agreement.
  • Represented contractor specializing in disaster restoration services in claims arising out of the proposed charter of a passenger ship following a hurricane.

Recent Representative Litigation Matters

  • Represented British Virgin Islands company in obtaining $42 million in security for forward freight agreements dispute pending before London High Court.
  • Represented state-owned oil company defending antitrust claims.
  • Represented offshore drilling company in claims brought by major oil company arising out of a riser separation incident in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico during deep water drilling operations.
  • Represented owners, hull and machinery underwriters and P&I Club of a passenger ship in claims arising out of a major collision with a bulk carrier at the mouth of the Mississippi River.
  • Represented European financial institution in a first preferred ship mortgage foreclosure action against two parcel tankers in Houston and New Orleans.
  • Represented vessel interests and their underwriters in claims against the Panama Canal Company, Panama Canal Commission and Autoridad del Canal de Panama arising out of sinkings, allisions and collisions in the Panama Canal.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Professional seminars sponsored by the Comité Maritime International, International Bar Association, shipowners, and marine and energy underwriters in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the United States, seminar speaker and author of seminar papers
  • Panamanian Code of Maritime Procedure (1983), published by the Maritime Law Center of Tulane University Law School, lead translator (English)

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Member – American Bar Association
  • Member – Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Member – New Orleans Bar Association
  • Member – Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Board Member – Maritime Law Association of the United States, 2004 – 2007
  • Comité Maritime International Committee of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, Secretary, 1992 – 1999; Vice Chair, 1999 – 2003; Chair, 2003 – 2004
  • Member – International Organizations, Conventions and Standards Committee of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, Chair, 2004 – 2008
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2007 in the areas of Admiralty & Maritime Law and Transportation Law 
  • Listed in Louisiana Super Lawyers since 2007
  • Named to the Lawdragon 3000, 2010
  • Named to "Leadership in Law," New Orleans CityBusiness, 2008
  • Recognized as a "Top Lawyer" in Maritime Law by New Orleans Magazine, 2010 and 2012 
  • Titulary Member – Comité Maritime International, since 2000
  • Executive Councillor – Comité Maritime International, 2005 – 2013
  • Vice President – Comité Maritime International, since 2013
  • Full Member of the New Orleans Board of Trade
  • Advisory Board Member – Tulane Maritime Law Journal
  • Planning and Program Committees and Advisory Board Member – Tulane Admiralty Law Institute
  • 2011 John W. Sims Distinguished Admiralty Practitioner in Residence – Tulane Law School


  • Louisiana, 1979
  • All Louisiana State Courts
  • All Federal District and Appellate Courts in Louisiana
  • United States Supreme Court


  • Tulane University, J.D., 1979, cum laude
  • University of Virginia, B.A., 1976, with distinction
  • Canal Zone College, A.A., 1974, with honors