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Joshua S. Force

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008
Phone: 504-299-2130

Mr. Force practices in the areas of commercial litigation, admiralty, and complex insurance defense and coverage law and has represented clients at both the trial and appellate levels. Mr. Force is admitted to practice in Louisiana, Texas, and California and has practiced with law firms in each of those states. Mr. Force is an active member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, having served on its Board of Directors and as Chair of the MLA's Practice and Procedure and Young Lawyers Committees. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Benedict on Admiralty, a former Managing Editor of Benedict's Maritime Bulletin, an Editorial Fellow for the American Maritime Cases, and a member of the Planning Committee and National Advisory Board of the Tulane Admiralty Law Institute.  Mr. Force is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law at Tulane Law School and teaches a course in Marine Pollution.  Mr. Force received his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Haverford College. Upon graduating from law school, Mr. Force served as a law clerk to the Honorable W. Eugene Davis of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Haverford CollegeBA 1988Harvard University Law SchoolJ.D. 1991
Benedict on Admiralty, 2012 – PresentMaritime Law Association of the United States, 2009 - 2012Maritime Law Association of the United States, Marine Insurance and General Average Committee, 1998 - 2004Tulane Admiralty Law Institute, National Advisory Board 2005 - Present; Planning and Program Committees, 2007 - PresentSoutheastern Admiralty Law Institute, 1993 - PresentHouston Mariners Club, 1993 - PresentAmerican Maritime Cases, 1999 - Present

Case History

Versai Management Corp. v. Clarendon America Ins. Co. — 597 F.2d 729 (5th Cir. 2010)
Morrell v. Alfortish — No. 10-924, WL 4668429 (E.D. La. 2010)
Safety Nat'l Cas. Corp. v. Certain Underwriters at Loyd's, London — 587 F.3d 714 (5th Cir. 2009)
Canal 66 Partnership v. United States — 87 Fed. Cl. 722 (2009)
Jeansonne v. New York Life Ins. — 11 So. 3d 1160 (La. App. 3 Cir. 2009)
Doe v. Tangipahoa Parish School Board — 494 F.3d 494 (5th Cir. 2007)
Poteet v. American Bankers Insurance Co. — WL 3124699 (E.D.La 2007)
Travelers Cas. & Sur. Co. of America v. Wright Ins. Agency Inc. — 404 F.3d 927 (5th Cir. 2005)
LaSalle Bank, N.A. v. Mobile Hotel Properties, LLC — 367 F. Supp. 2d 1022 (E.D. La. 2004)
Gravolet v. Fair Grounds Corp. — 878 So. 2d 900 (La. App. 4 Cir. 2004)

Office Location

909 Poydras Street, Suite 2800
New Orleans, LA 70112
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs of the New Orleans Metro Area2016 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Real Estate of the New Orleans Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Banking and Finance of the New Orleans Metro Area
Joshua S. Force has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Joshua S. Force has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Joshua S. Force has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Admiralty and Maritime Law (Arbitration and Mediation, Environmental, Litigation, Marine Insurance, Personal Injury)
Commercial Litigation
Insurance Law
Litigation - Banking and Finance
Litigation - Real Estate
Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs