Peter L. Hilbert, Jr.

Peter L. Hilbert, Jr.

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

Recognized since 2009

New Orleans, Louisiana

Practice Areas

Admiralty and Maritime Law

Commercial Litigation

Litigation - Construction

Litigation - Environmental

Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants

Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Litigation - Environmental
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Peter L. Hilbert, Jr. is a Member of the firm. He obtained a B.A. degree from the University of New Orleans and obtained his J.D. degree from Tulane University Law School in 1977. Mr. Hilbert was admitted to the Louisiana Bar in 1977 and is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the New Orleans Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Maritime Law Association of the United States (member, Committee on Marine Insurance, Sub-Committee on P&I Insurance, 1984 to present), the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, the Mariners Club of the Port of New Orleans, the Houston Mariners Club and the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel.
He is an Adjunct Professor of Law, Trial Advocacy, at Tulane University School of Law and has served as an instructor for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Gulf Coast Region. Mr. Hilbert is admitted to practice in all Louisiana state and federal courts, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, and the United States Supreme Court. He authored "Inland Marine Leg of Intermodal Transportation, International Bar Association Meeting," October 1993; "Injuries in the Workplace in Louisiana," November, 1993; and "Bad Faith Litigation in Louisiana," March, 1995 and January, 1996.
Mr. Hilbert has been actively engaged in numerous areas of maritime law representing underwriters, marine drilling contractors, oilfield service companies, operators of oilfield supply and crew vessels, barge owners, shipyards and product manufacturers. He has served as trial counsel in major litigation concerning personal injury and death claims brought by seamen, commercial oilfield divers, longshoremen, passengers and invitees aboard vessels. He has also litigated claims for property damage, including claims arising out of loss of vessels, claims concerning breach of contract, claims concerning interpretation of insurance policies and insurance coverage's and subrogation and recovery matters. He has experience in vessel documentation, preparation of charter agreements and contracts for vessel management and towage and affreightment contracts. He has significant experience in the field of maritime products liability. He has actively litigated indemnification contracts, contractual liability, insurance coverage and the applicability of the Louisiana and Texas Oilfield Anti-Indemnification Statutes. He has served as counsel for shipyards in negotiation of vessel construction and repair contracts.


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


  • Tulane University , J.D., graduated 1977
  • University of New Orleans, BA, graduated 1974

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, Louisiana State Bar Association


  • Federal Bar Association - Member
  • Houston Mariners Club, 1984 - Member
  • Louisiana Bar Foundation - Fellow
  • Louisiana State Bar Association - Member
  • Mariners Club of the Port of New Orleans, 1979 - Member
  • New Orleans Bar Association - Member
  • Tulane Maritime Law Center, Board of Advisors - Member
  • Tulane Maritime Law Center, Committee of Advisors - Member
  • Tulane Maritime Law Center, Endowment Committee - Member

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Litigation - Environmental

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

  • Litigation - Environmental, New Orleans (2017)

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

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Special Focus

  • Bankruptcy
  • Cargo
  • Charter Parties
  • Collision
  • Commercial
  • Litigation
  • Marine Insurance
  • Personal Injury
  • Salvage


  • Best Lawyers in America - Admiralty & Maritime Law, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Construction, Litigation - Environmental, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants and Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs, 2012
  • Best Lawyers in America - Commercial Litigation, Maritime Law and Personal Injury Litigation, 2011 - 2012
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers, 2009 - 2013
  • Best Lawyers in America - Maritime Law, 2009 - 2012

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"Peter Hilbert is the type of lawyer that you can give a matter to, and you know that every angle, every detail, and every claim will be well tended. He is extremely talented in every aspect of litigation, from research, to drafting, to the courtroom. I have every faith that when I give a matter to Peter, I can relax and know it will be handled with the greatest competence and zeal."

- Scott Scher (Implicit Oil & Gas, L.P.), Dallas, TX

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