Robert C. Clotworthy - Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Robert C. Clotworthy

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010

Robert Clotworthy is a shareholder in the Firm's New Orleans office. For more than 30 years his practice has focused on maritime personal injury, energy, marine casualties and insurance coverage disputes. Mr. Clotworthy represents maritime employers in personal injury defense litigation in the areas of ocean and inland marine and energy and liability, with particular emphasis on onshore and offshore oilfield, river and port-related casualties. This work has involved vessel owners, operators, commercial fishing fleets, casinos, bridges, dock and terminal owners, port authorities, and underwriters in connection with collisions and allisions, groundings and sinkings, pollution, property damage and fire-related casualties over the past 30 years in the Port of New Orleans, Gulf of Mexico and overseas.

Additionally, his representation has extended to general liability and marine underwriters in regard to coverage issues involving a broad range of marine, yacht, general liability, primary, excess and umbrella forms of coverage, including representing the interests of underwriters in litigation arising out of coverage disputes. Mr. Clotworthy has been awarded the "AV" rating by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, which is the highest possible rating for legal ability and ethical standards.

Georgia Institute of TechnologyBS 1974Tulane University School of LawJ.D. 1977
American Bar Association Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel New Orleans Association of Defense Counsel Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute Maritime Law Association of the United States Federal Bar Association Louisiana State Bar Association New Orleans Bar Association

Case History

Representative Matters
  • Represented owner of M/V ANGELA BRILEY in extensive litigation arising from explosion aboard its vessel moored at major oil company production platform in Gulf of Mexico resulting in severe damage to vessel and ultimate death of captain wherein jury dismissed all claims against client vessel owner/Jones Act employer of deceased captain, while awarding nearly $14 million against co-defendant oil company and operator; in separate action recovered for owner’s hull damage.
  • Represented fishing fleet owner in several cases in state and federal court including reported case of White v. Empire Menhaden where judgments obtained denying seaman status to employees and dismissal of their claims.
  • Represented the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans in connection with Orange Street Wharf Fire which destroyed 1,000 feet of wharfage and valuable cargo stored on the Mississippi River in downtown New Orleans with favorable result for the Board.
  • Represented the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans in connection with the striking by a tug and collapse of its high rise Judge Seeber Bridge over the Industrial Canal in New Orleans with resulting deaths and injuries from automobiles plunging into the canal below wherein dismissals of the claims by way of summary judgment were obtained in Civil District Court in New Orleans.

Office Location

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


Practice Areas

Admiralty and Maritime Law