Joshua S. Force

Joshua S. Force


Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, L.L.C.

Recognized since 2008

New Orleans, Louisiana

Practice Areas

Admiralty and Maritime Law

Commercial Litigation

Insurance Law

Litigation - Banking and Finance

Litigation - Real Estate

Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Litigation - Banking and Finance
Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Litigation - Banking and Finance Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Litigation - Real Estate Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Litigation - Banking and Finance
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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.

Location

  • 909 Poydras Street, Suite 2800
    New Orleans, LA 70112

Education

  • Haverford College, BA, graduated 1988

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Texas, State Bar of Texas
  • California, The State Bar of California

Affiliations

  • American Maritime Cases, 1999 - Present - Editorial Fellow
  • Benedict on Admiralty, 2012 – Present - Editor-in-Chief
  • Houston Mariners Club, 1993 - Present - Member
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States, 2009 - 2012 - Board of Directors
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States, Marine Insurance and General Average Committee, 1998 - 2004 - Secretary
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, 1993 - Present - Member
  • Tulane Admiralty Law Institute, National Advisory Board 2005 - Present; Planning and Program Committees, 2007 - Present - Member

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Litigation - Banking and Finance Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Litigation - Real Estate Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Litigation - Banking and Finance

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Litigation - Banking and Finance, New Orleans (2022)
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, New Orleans (2017)
  • Litigation - Real Estate, New Orleans (2016)
  • Litigation - Banking and Finance, New Orleans (2014)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Litigation - Banking and Finance
  • Insurance Law
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Special Focus

  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Environmental
  • Litigation
  • Marine Insurance
  • Personal Injury

Awards:

  • Best Lawyers in America - Admiralty & Maritime Law, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Banking & Finance, Litigation - Real Estate, 2012 - 2013
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers, 2008 - 2013
  • Anne Goldsmith Hanaw and J. Jerome Hanaw Tikkun Olam Award for Campaign Excellence, 2011, Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans
  • Daniel R. Ginsberg Leadership Award, 2008, Anti-Defamation League
  • Margot and Herbert J. Garon Young Leadership Award, 2007, Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans
  • Barney D. Mintz Leadership Award, 2005, Anti-Defamation League, South Central Region

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)

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