William J. "Bill" Riviere

William J. "Bill" Riviere

Phelps Dunbar LLP

Recognized since 2015

New Orleans, Louisiana

Practice Areas

Admiralty and Maritime Law

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Bill Riviere practices in the areas of collision, maritime personal injury, terminal/installation damage, pollution, fire, salvage, maritime lien matters, oilfield indemnity and insurance coverage disputes, and appellate matters. He represents maritime employers, vessel owners, energy interests and their underwriters in personal injury defense litigation, including Jones Act and Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act claims, and represents vessel owners, operators, dock and terminal owners, and their underwriters in connection with collisions, allisions, wavewash/surge damage, groundings and salvage matters. He also represents general liability and marine underwriters with respect to coverage issues involving a range of marine, general liability and excess forms of coverage.

Bill has attended numerous legal continuing education seminars focusing on civil litigation and the trial process, with a concentration primarily on admiralty matters. Included in this continuing training was a seminar presented at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at King’s Point focusing on collision and fire at sea.

  • 365 Canal Street, Suite 2000
    New Orleans, LA 70130-6534
  • Georgetown University, J.D., graduated 1990
  • Nicholls State University, B.S., graduated 1987
Bar Admissions
  • Louisiana, Louisiana
  • Louisiana State Bar Association - Member
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States - Proctor in Admiralty; Board of Directors (2020)
  • New Orleans Bar Association - Member
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute - Member
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana

Phelps Dunbar LLP
Headquarters: New Orleans, Louisiana

159 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

39 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America awards

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law, The Best Lawyers in America (2015-2021)
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (2007-2019)
  • Top New Orleans Lawyers: Admiralty, New Orleans Magazine

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