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Christopher M. Hannan

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Christopher Hannan is a shareholder in the New Orleans office of Baker Donelson, and is a member of the Transportation Group, with a focus on the areas of admiralty and maritime law.

Featured Experience

Represented the London insurance market in regard to the DEEPWATER HORIZON Multi-District Litigation.
Represented the London insurance market in regard to the sinking of the Petronius platform off the coast of Alabama.
Represented vessel owners in a complex, multi-party, multi-venue commercial dispute regarding a first impression issue of maritime law concerning a vessel management agreement, as well as wrongful arrest, maritime bankruptcy and lost profits issues. Prevailed on the wrongful arrest claims, in one of only few reported successful wrongful arrest claims in Louisiana in the last twenty years. Briefed and argued multiple issues on consolidated appeals in the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Professional Biography

Overview

As part of the Group's Marine and Energy Industry Service Team, Mr. Hannan has significant experience, including first and second chair trial experience, in a variety of areas involving insurance defense and personal injury claims, both inland and offshore marine concerns, as well as the onshore and offshore energy industries. As a litigator, he has handled a diverse array of personal injury and insurance defense matters involving both maritime and state law issues, and has significant experience concerning all aspects of admiralty and maritime law, including Jones Act/LHWCA/OCSLA/maritime/offshore worker personal injury claims, allision and collision matters, shipowner's limitation of liability, marine insurance (coverage issues, claims against brokers, defense of assureds, etc.), vessel arrest and attachment, maritime liens and preferred ship mortgages, the Oil Pollution Act and related issues.

Mr. Hannan also has extensive experience providing contract and regulatory advices for maritime and offshore industry clients, with a focus on indemnity, insurance, and additional insured issues, as well as representation in maritime commercial disputes, including maritime lien issues and anti-indemnity act concerns.

Given the focus of his practice in the area of admiralty and maritime law, Mr. Hannan is the blogmaster for Baker Donelson's maritime blog Striding the Quarterdeck.

Prior to joining Baker Donelson, Mr. Hannan served as a judicial clerk in 2008 for the Honorable Carl J. Barbier, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana,

Mr. Hannan is also a published poet whose work has appeared in numerous journals and magazines. He was selected as the runner-up in the 2010 Faulkner-Wisdom Poetry Contest for his poem "Epithalamion," and was selected as the Grand Prize Winner in the 2011 Tennessee Williams Festival Poetry Contest for his five-part poem The Nephilim. Most recently, his first booklength selection of poems, Alluvial Cities, was selected for publication by Texas Review Press as the winner of the 2014 Southern Breakthrough Prize for best unpublished manuscript, and will be published in Summer of 2015.

Representative Matters
  • Represented the London insurance market in regard to the DEEPWATER HORIZON Multi-District Litigation.
  • Represented the London insurance market in regard to the sinking of the Petronius platform off the coast of Alabama.
  • Represented vessel owners in a complex, multi-party, multi-venue commercial dispute regarding a first impression issue of maritime law concerning a vessel management agreement, as well as wrongful arrest, maritime bankruptcy and lost profits issues. Prevailed on the wrongful arrest claims, in one of only few reported successful wrongful arrest claims in Louisiana in the last twenty years. Briefed and argued multiple issues on consolidated appeals in the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissal of an intervenor's maritime lien claim on behalf of a mortgage-holding lender in a vessel mortgage foreclosure action, and prevailed on a motion to dismiss the intervenor's appeal to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals based on the "useless judgment" doctrine. Community Bank of Lafourche v. Lori Ann Vizier, Inc., 2012 WL 1672618 (E.D. La. May 4, 2012); Community Bank of Lafourche v. Lori Ann Vizier, Inc., 541 Fed.Appx. 506 (5th Cir. 2013).

  • Served as trial counsel in seven-day $58 million fraudulent transfer case involving breach of contract dispute and Texas fraudulent transfer law. Owned verdict in favor of fraudulent transfer plaintiff, and briefed multiple issues on appeal prior to resolution of the case. PDVSA Petroleo S.A. v. Trigeant, Ltd., 2012 WL 6020036 (S.D. Tex. Dec. 3, 2012)

  • Represented a vessel owner in a contract dispute with a shipyard, and obtained a temporary restraining order at the outset of litigation authorizing the removal of the owner's equipment and partially completed vessels pending dispute resolution.
  • Obtained Rule 12(b)(6) dismissal for no cause of action of claims against hull and machinery underwriters arising out of a jackup vessel grounding incident.
  • Provided counsel on behalf of cargo interests in a damage suit in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, one of several proceedings in multi-national, multi-forum litigation involving the law of multiple countries arising out of a two vessel collision off the coast of Vietnam. Successfully defeated a motion to transfer the suit on forum non conveniens grounds.

  • Obtained orders on behalf of cargo interests in two different federal jurisdictions pursuant to 28 U.S.C. 1782 (discovery in aid of foreign proceedings) authorizing depositions and document discovery from foreign flagged and crewed vessel regarding a general average claim.
  • Obtained a successful result for the owner of a bridge spanning the Atchafalaya River against claims arising out of an allision involving a tug and crane barge.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissal of store-owner client and its insurer in a slip-and-fall case under the Louisiana independent contractor defense.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissing a store owner and its insurer in a slip-and-fall case based on the court's finding of no unreasonably dangerous hazard.
  • Obtained 12(b)(6) dismissal of contract claims by alien corporation against Louisiana company based on lack of prudential standing.
Professional Honors & Activities
  • Listed as a Louisiana Rising Star in Louisiana Super Lawyers in Transportation/Maritime (2015 – 2017)
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA)
  • Young Leadership Council
  • Pirates' Alley Faulkner Society
  • Friends of City Park
  • Mid-City Neighborhood Organization
Volunteer Work
  • Student Volunteer with Stacy Head's Office, New Orleans City Council, District B (August-September, 2006)
  • Regular volunteer (through the New Orleans Pro Bono Project) providing legal services to the homeless at the New Orleans Mission
Publications
  • "To Hell with 'Oh, Hell Why Not?' - The Fifth Circuit En Banc Reverses Estis V. Mcbride Well Service L.L.C.," LOGA Industry Report (Summer, 2015)
  • "USCG's Path Forward: A Unitary Regulatory Approach to Industry on the OCS," Offshore (October, 2014)
  • Lead Author – "Lost in their Own Streets and at Sea: The New Regulatory Reality Post-Macondo," Maritime Law Association of the United States joint conference with the Ibero-American Maritime Law Institute, Puerto Rico (2013)
  • Co-author – "BSEE's Assertion of Authority over Oilfield Contractors Questionable," ABA Energy Litigation newsletter (2013)
Speaking Engagements
  • "Whoa Kemosabe - The Fifth Circuit's Decisions in the Ranger Case," presentation to Offshore Committee, Maritime Law Association of the United States joint conference with the Ibero-American Maritime Law Institute, Puerto Rico (2013)

Education

  • Loyola School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude (2008)
    • Editor-in-Chief, Loyola Law Review (2007 – 2008)
    • William L. Crowe Sr. Scholar
    • Brief Writer/Oralist: Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition Moot Court Team
    • Recipient of the 2008 Loyola University "Spirit of Ignatius" Award
    • Law Excellence Awards in Civil Procedure I, Legal Research & Writing, Civil Law Property II, Maritime Personal Injury, Evidence, Law of the European Union I, Courts in a Federal System and Community Property
  • College of the Holy Cross, B.A., summa cum laude (2004)
    • Candidate for Valedictorian
    • Rev. Henry Bean, S.J. Classics Scholar
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Semester abroad in Athens, Greece, Fall 2002 and Rome, Italy, Spring 2003

Admissions

  • All Louisiana state and federal courts

Languages

  • Italian

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