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New Orleans
201 St. Charles Ave.
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New Orleans, LA 70170
F: 504.582.1233
  • University of Alabama,  J.D., 1990
  • University of Alabama, B.A., political science, 1987
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Maritime Law Association

“What matters most is that clients receive appropriate attention and that their established goals are met.
And that’s how we conduct our practice.”

James D. Bercaw

Jim is a member in our New Orleans office whose practice focuses primarily on the offshore oil and gas and maritime industries. His knowledge on rising issues in the area produces efficient, strategic solutions for clients. Jim's primary practice fields include offshore and maritime casualty litigation, maritime lien enforcement and collection, as well as insurance coverage and commercial litigation.

Jim attended the University of Alabama where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1987 and his juris doctor in 1990. During law school, he served as an editor for The Journal of the Legal Profession, was selected as a member of the Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society, and received Best Paper honors in Products Liability. He was also selected to the Jasons Honor Society. Jim was born in Allentown, PA, and is the father of two sons. He is a director of the Christian Brothers Foundation.


  • ING Bank N.V. v. M/V TEMARA, 892 F.3d 511 (2d Cir. 2018) – In reversing adverse district court ruling, Second Circuit concluded only the contract supplier of necessaries holds the maritime lien for non-payment, even where necessaries were delivered to the vessel by a subcontractor
  • World Fuel Servs. Singapore Pte Ltd. v. Bulk Juliana M/V, U.S. 5th Circuit, Participated as amicus curiae in appeal that enforced maritime lien in the United States against vessel for non-payment of bunkers supplied in Singapore 
  • Alleman v. Omni Energy Services Corp., U.S. 5th Circuit, Successfully secured court ruling in issue of law that contract for helicopter services was non-maritime
  • Pacorini USA Inc. v. ROSINA TOPIC M/V, U.S. 5th Circuit, Obtained successful dismissal of purported claim for maritime lien
  • Guevara v. Maritime Overseas Corp., U.S. 5th Circuit, Participated as amicus curiae in reconsideration en banc that vessel owner was not liable to seaman for punitive damages arising out of provision of maintenance and cure
  • Mooney v. W&T Offshore, Inc., E.D.La., Obtained ruling under recent Supreme Court precedent that a tension leg platform was not a vessel as a matter of law
  • Stuart Consulting Group, Inc. v. Loyless, La. 5th Cir., Successfully overturned Board of Review decision and obtained judgment that former employee quit and thus was not entitled to unemployment compensation benefits
  • Sciacca v. Ives, La. 4th Cir., Successfully reversed district court decision that co-tenant was liable for full rent upon rejection of other co-tenant’s tender of partial payment


Pre-judgment Attachment of Assets in the United States District Court, Int’l. B. Ass’n, 14 Mar. & Transp. L. News 19 (June 2018)


Honors & Recognition

  • Served as advisory editor for The American Mariner
  • Served as an editor for The Journal of the Legal Profession
  • Selected as a member of the Bench and Bar Legal Honor Society
  • Selected as a member of the Jasons Honor Society
  • Received Best Paper honors in Products Liability

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