Christopher O. Davis - Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Christopher O. Davis

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2007

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.

University of VirginiaBA 1976Tulane UniversityJ.D. 1979

Case History

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.

Office Location

201 Saint Charles Avenue, Suite 3600
New Orleans, LA 70170
United States


Practice Areas

Admiralty and Maritime Law
Transportation Law