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David focuses on marine insurance coverage; marine finance and vessel documentation; bankruptcy, restructuring, and creditors’ rights; admiralty and maritime; and international and cross-border law. He represents clients that own, operate, charter, or employ vessels, and helps them understand and manage their risks in the United States, Gulf of Mexico, and worldwide offshore maritime oilfield and alternative-energy markets.

Originally from Bethesda, Maryland, David attended Tulane University in New Orleans, graduating in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. After graduation, David worked for several years at Motorola Communications in Houston, Texas, where as a systems engineer, he helped design and implement radio systems for commercial and public safety customers in the U.S. Gulf Coast region and offshore energy markets.

In 1987, David began his law studies at George Washington University’s National Law Center in Washington, D.C. In 1990, David graduated with honors with a Juris Doctor and returned to New Orleans, where he has practiced admiralty and maritime law ever since.

David’s law practice concentrates on maritime contracts (time and bareboat charter parties, master service contracts, insurance and indemnity agreements, marine-insurance coverage, and ship sale and finance) and related commercial litigation (maritime liens, vessel arrest and attachment, and mortgage foreclosure).

David also remains involved with academia and teaches a course on towage and offshore service law at Tulane Law School, where he is an adjunct professor of law. David is a co-editor of the current West Publishing casebook, “Cases & Materials on Admiralty” (Healy, Sharpe, Sharpe & Winship – 5th Ed. 2012) and the Handbook of Maritime Laws & Forms (West 2007). David has published numerous articles, and he travels worldwide to speak and teach on issues such as offshore supply vessel contracts, vessel-construction contracts, and indemnity agreements.

Contact & Links

Location

  • Pan-American Life Center, Suite 2775
    601 Poydras Street
    New Orleans, LA 70130

Education

  • George Washington University, J.D., graduated 1990
  • Tulane University, B.S.E.E., graduated 1985

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, Louisiana

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association - Member
  • Maritime Law Association of the US - Member
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute - Member
  • St. Andrew’s Episcopal School - Chairman of the School Board, 2006-2009
  • St. Andrew’s Episcopal School - Annual Giving Campaign Co-Chair
  • St. Andrew’s Episcopal School - Vice Chairman of the School Board, 2004-2006
  • Tulane University Law School - Adjunct Professor of Law

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Admiralty and Maritime Law

Awards:

  • 2005–2007: Board of Directors, New Orleans Bar Association (2005-2007)
  • 2018 New Orleans CityBusiness Leadership in Law Class
  • Best Lawyers (2018-present)
  • Chair of the Program Committee for the Tulane Admiralty Law Institute; served on Program or Planning Committees continuously since 2000
  • Fleur de Lis Leader, New Orleans Bar Association (2006)
  • Named a Top Lawyer by New Orleans Magazine (2014, 2019-2020)
  • Proctor in Admiralty, Maritime Law Association of the United States (1996–Present)
  • Super Lawyers (2008-present)

Selected Publications

  • Stewart F. Peck and David B. Sharpe, "What is a Vessel?: Implications for Marine Finance, Marine Insurance, and Admiralty Jurisdiction," 89 Tul. L. Rev. 1103 (June 2015)
  • Sharpe, Sharpe & Winship, ADMIRALTY: CASES & MATERIALS (6th Ed. – scheduled for publication in 2016)Healy, Sharpe, Sharpe & Winship, ADMIRALTY: CASES & MATERIALS (5th Ed. 2012)
  • Healy, Sharpe & Sharpe, ADMIRALTY: CASES & MATERIALS (4th Ed. 2006)Healy, Sharpe & Sharpe, HANDBOOK OF MARITIME LAWS & FORMS (2007 Edition)
  • BENEDICT ON ADMIRALTY – Maritime Arrest (Berns, Sharpe & Sharpe - released 2004)

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