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Fowler Rodriguez Named Leader in Transportation/Shipping Litigation in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

Fowler Rodriguez, LLC is recognized as a leading national law firm in the 2015 reference book, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business.

This year, Chambers named Fowler Rodriguez a leading law firm in the area of Transportation: Shipping: Litigation (outside New York). Partners George Fowler, III and Antonio J. Rodriguez were recognized for their contributions to the maritime industry, and will be named with only a handful other attorneys from throughout the country to this category.

Chambers USA research rates the strengths and reputations of U.S. attorneys, employing a team of over 50 full-time researchers. The ratings are compiled based on thousands of in-depth telephone interviews with clients and attorneys, each lasting about half an hour. Qualities measured include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other assets valued by clients. The methodology has been approved by the British Market Research Bureau, which audits the research annually. Law firms and individual attorneys are ranked in bands from 1-6, with 1 being the best. For more information, please visit www.chambersandpartners.com. 

Nine Fowler Rodriguez Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2014 Louisiana Super Lawyers®

Super Lawyers® named nine attorneys from Fowler Rodriguez, Counselors at Law for inclusion in their 2014 Louisiana Super Lawyers® list, including founding partner George J. Fowler, III in International Law; Eugene R. Preaus in Surety Law; and Todd G. Crawford, Mat M. Gray, III, Edward F. LeBreton, III, and Antonio J. Rodriguez in Transportation/Maritime Law.

W. Jacob Gardner, Jr. and Michael Harowski were similarly selected for inclusion in the 2014 Louisiana Rising Star list in the area of Transportation/Maritime Law.

The designation of “Super Lawyer” represents no more than the top 5 percent of outstanding attorneys practicing in the state, whereas “Rising Star” refers to the top 2.5 percent of attorneys who have been practicing for less than ten years.
 

Fowler Rodriguez Named One of 2014 “Best Law Firms” by U.S. News and World Report® and The Best Lawyers in America® 

Recognized for Admiralty & Maritime Legal Achievement

Fowler Rodriguez has been recognized as a 2014 Leading Law Firm in New Orleans, Louisiana and in Gulfport, Mississippi by U.S. News & World Report and The Best Lawyers in America®. Fowler Rodriguez is specifically noted for its Admiralty & Maritime Law practice. 

The firm received a Metropolitan Tier 1 ranking for its office in New Orleans and a Metropolitan Tier 2 ranking for its office in Gulfport. The U.S. News and Best Lawyers’ “Best Law Firms” recognition is the result of rigorous evaluation, in which only law firms with attorneys featured in the 19th edition of The Best Lawyers in America are eligible.

Once a law firm is deemed eligible, U.S. News collects assessments from clients as well as peers and leading attorneys within the same field of law to determine best practice areas.

To develop its most recent rankings, the publications reviewed 4.3 million evaluations of 68,761 individual leading lawyers. After qualitative and quantitative data is collected, each individual firm is given its own score. Of the 11,098 eligible firms in the nation, 6,894 received the ranking of first-tier national and/or metropolitan.

New Orleans Magazine Recognizes Fowler and Rodriguez as 2013 “Top Lawyers”

New Orleans Magazine named George Fowler, III and Antonio Rodriguez as Top Lawyers in their 2013 rankings. Mr. Fowler was recognized in International Arbritration whereas Mr. Rodriguez was lauded for his practice in Admiralty & Maritime Law.

Cristi Fowler Chauvin Appointed to WYES Board of Trustees

Cristi Fowler Chauvin was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees for WYES New Orleans, the oldest public television station serving Louisiana and Mississippi.

Other Board members include Herschel L. Abbott, Jr. (Jones Walker), Anne Baños (Tulane University), Harold Block (Block and Bouterie), Larry Boudreaux (Larry P. Boudreaux Law Office), Jeffrey Pipes Guice (Louisiana Film Museum), Bill Kearney (Dolphin Marine International, Galatoire’s Restaurant), Rick Kirschman (Kirschman Realty, LLC), Jonathan C. McCall (Chaffe McCall, LLP), Christian Moises (St. Tammany Parish Hospital), Sharon Perlis (Sharon Perlis, PLC), Paul Peyronnin (Baker Donelson), Alan Philipson (Industrial Development Board of the City of New Orleans, Metropolitan Crime Commission, Lambeth House Foundation), Anne Redd (New Orleans City Council), Lori Savoie (Geocent), Scott Sewell (Republican Party of Louisiana), Gary Silbert (Entergy), Debbie Skrmetta (Louisiana Public Service Commission), Victor Ukpolo (Southern University of New Orleans), Roger F. Villere, Jr. (Republican Party of Louisiana), and Michael Q. Walshe, Jr. (Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, LLC). 

McCoy and Strickland Recognized Among 2014 “Texas’  Top Rated Lawyers”

The American Lawyer magazine, in partnership with Martindale-Hubbell®, has recognized Tim Strickland and Mike McCoy of Fowler Rodriguez’s Houston office among Texas’ Top Rated Lawyers, a prestigious selection of AV Preeminent®-rated attorneys. Tim Strickland and Mike McCoy were selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition.

Strickland’s practice in Maritime Law and Civil Litigation and McCoy’s practice in Insurance Law received mention in the publication. 

Louisiana Super Lawyers Magazine® Profiles George Fowler in 2014 Publication

Louisiana Super Lawyers Magazine® profiled George J. Fowler, III in their January 2014 publication, highlighting his recently released book, My Cuba Libre: Bringing Fidel Castro to Justice; his representation of Elián González, and his experience in international law and civil rights. 

Other questions involved his philosophy on good lawyering and memorable cases he has taken, including representation of shipowners faced with mutiny, mysteries surrounding sunken Spanish ships, and confiscation of planes. 

You can read the full profile in the January 2014 print edition of the magazine or online on the Super Lawyers website: the article is titled “Fowler Libre” by Ross Pfund. 

Lourdes M. Cuzán Inducted to Miami Dade College Alumni Hall of Fame

Lourdes M. Cuzán was recently inducted to the Miami Dade College Alumni Hall of Fame under the Marketing category for her accomplishments at Fowler Rodriguez. In addition to honoring outstanding alumni, the event, held in Miami, also raises money for scholarship funds that will aid more than 176,000 students at Miami Dade College. With her appointment, Cuzán joins an illustrious, eleven-year legacy of alumni honored in the College’s Hall of Fame.

Fowler Rodriguez named U.S. News & World Reports 2013 Best Law Firm/Best Lawyers

The U.S. News & World Reports not only designated Fowler Rodriguez as a “Best Law Firm” in 2013, but also named several “Best Lawyers” in Admiralty & Maritime Law from the firm: George J. Fowler, III, Edward F. LeBreton, III, and Antonio J. Rodriguez from the New Orleans office.

The organization draws from over 10,000 firms in 118 practice areas in 170 metropolitan areas nationwide. Best Law Firms are selected from comprehensive analyses of a firm’s practice areas, expertise, responsiveness, integrity, and cost-effectiveness, in addition to feedback from clients and lawyers.

The selection for Best Lawyers is equally thorough and compiled from rigorous evaluations of a lawyer’s performance, including client and lawyer assessments, peer review from leading attorneys in the field, and review of additional criteria, such as published articles.

George J. Fowler, III Appointed to Civil Rights Advisory Committee

The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights has announced the appointment of George J. Fowler, III to its Louisiana Advisory Committee. Mr. Fowler, along with 12 other members of the Louisiana state advisory committee (SAC), will study issues and forward advisory reports to the Commission on matters within the agency’s jurisdiction that reflect the views of the majority of SAC members producing the report. 

Fowler Rodriguez named Leader in Transportation/Shipping Litigation

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, the 2013 reference book, has named Fowler Rodriguez the Leader in Transportation/Shipping Litigation.

Chambers USA only recognizes select lawyers and law firms in the United States. Chambers named Fowler Rodriguez a leading law firm in the area of Transportation: Shipping: Litigation (outside New York) for this year.

Antonio Rodriguez and Norman Sullivan were named with only a handful of other attorneys from throughout the country to this category.

Chambers USA employs a team of over 50 full-time researchers to rate the strengths and reputations of U.S. attorneys. Ratings are compiled based on thousands of in-depth telephone interviews with clients and attorneys, each lasting about half an hour. Qualities measured include technical legal ability, professional conduct, client service, commercial astuteness, diligence, commitment, and other assets valued by clients.

Antonio J. Rodriguez named, New Orleans Magazines Top Lawyers for Admiralty & Maritime Law and George J. Fowler, III  named, New Orleans Magazines Top Lawyers for International Arbitration

New Orleans Magazine released its annual list of “New Orleans Top Lawyers” which named Antonio J. Rodriguez the “Top Lawyer” designation for the Admiralty and Maritime Law category. George J. Fowler was named the "Top Lawyer" designation for the International Arbitration category.

The annual New Orleans Magazine list highlights the work of local attorneys in a variety of practice areas based on data collected from the Martindale- Hubbell Law Directory. The list reflects attorneys who have received an “AV” rating – the highest Peer Review Rating available.

Norman Sullivan was selected as the recipient of the Distinguished Maritime Lawyer Award by the New Orleans Bar Association

Norman Sullivan was given the honor of being the 2012 New Orleans Bar Association recipient of the Distinguished Maritime Lawyer Award, which honors maritime attorneys for their dedication in practicing admiralty law. To recieve the honor you must be a long-standing member of the Maritime and International Law Committee who contributes significantly to the local admiralty bar. Lastly, they must be highly respected among peers.

Antonio J. Rodriguez & George J. Fowler, III both named, “The Best Lawyers in America®” for Admiralty & Maritime Law 2012 

Antonio J. Rodriguez and George J. Fowler were both named “The Best Lawyers in America®” by Best Lawyers based on their outstanding work and success in admiralty and maritime law. To be named under this classification, lawyers must be nominated then go through a rigorous peer review process and must garner enough positive votes to be included in the next edition.

The methodology behind choosing the “Best Lawyers in America®” is designed to accurately capture the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area. Best Lawyers employs a sophisticated, conscientious, rational, and transparent survey process designed to elicit meaningful and substantive evaluations of the quality of legal services.  

Antonio J. Rodriguez & George J. Fowler, III both named, New Orleans Magazines Top Admiralty and Maritime Attorney

New Orleans Magazine released its annual list of “New Orleans Top Lawyers” which named Antonio J. Rodriguez and George J. Fowler the “Top Lawyer” designation for the Admiralty and Maritime Law category.

The annual New Orleans Magazine list highlights the work of local attorneys in a variety of practice areas based on data collected from the Martindale- Hubbell Law Directory. The list reflects attorneys who have received an “AV” rating – the highest Peer Review Rating available.

George J. Fowler, III, Antonio J. Rodriguez, and Mat Gray were named selected to Super Lawyers 2012 edition for Louisiana.

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Fowler, Rodriguez and Gray were named as Top Lawyer in the 2012 Louisiana Super Lawyers magazine based on their success among their peers. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and rigorous, which includes independent research, peer nominations and evaluations. Peer-related aspect of the process is combined with third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. 

The objective is to create an outstanding list of credible, comprehensive and diverse attorneys that can be used as a resource for anyone, including attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel.  Super Lawyers is intended to be used as an aid in selecting a lawyer and therefore has limits on lawyer ratings to those who can be hired and retained by the public. 

George J. Fowler, III received the City Business “Leadership in Law Award” for 2012

Started in 2005, Leadership in Law recognizes 50 area legal professionals in four categories: firm associated, court associated, in-house counsel and educators. New Orleans City Business awards Leadership in Law to outstanding professionals whose successes in law and contributions to the community have set the pace for the legal community. Honorees are selected based on their professional and community involvement and achievements and overall success.

FR was named “2012 Go-To Law Firm” for “Top Fortune 500 Companies”

FR was named “2012 Go-To Law Firm” in the 2012 Spring Edition of “Litigation,” a supplement to the May editions of “Corporate Counsel” and “The American Lawyer” Magazines.

American Lawyer Magazine recognition for this list is based on surveys sent to the general counsel at each of the top 500 public companies and through research in various resources including public records, leading publications and well-respected commercial database.

According to Corporate Counsel magazine, less than one half of 1% of all law firms are included in the magazine’s “Go-To Law Firm” list. The list is limited to those law firms that general counsel at the world’s leading 500 companies rely upon routinely and for the most critical matters. 

FR Ranked as a Top Law Firm in U.S. based on Lexis Peer Reviews 

Lexis Nexis Martindale-Hubbell ranked FR as a Top Firm based on large number of attorneys that have a AV Preeminent (high peer review) rating. Those lawyers who meet the "Very High" criteria of General Ethical Standards can proceed to the next step in the ratings process - Legal Ability. Under this process, ratings are based on performance in five areas, Legal Knowledge, Analytical Capabilities, Judgment, Communication Ability, and Legal Experience.

LexisNexis uses a specific practice area list in the review process to help ensure that all lawyers are rated upon equivalent practice areas, regardless of how individual lawyers choose to articulate their area of expertise. This allows users of ratings to compare and contrast lawyers with a specific area of practice.

The Martindale-Hubbell® PEER REVIEW RATINGS™ area of practice list is based on user behavior, research on emerging areas of law, and other forms of legal research. Martindale-Hubbell® PEER REVIEW RATINGS™ allow reviewers to provide feedback on the lawyer under review. Feedback is displayed anonymously in conjunction with the review results. Lawyers are allowed to place a one-time comment next to any of the feedback.  Peer Review feedback/comments are published for all attorneys who are listed on our Martindale-Hubbell® database.

George J. Fowler, III receives a bronze medal of the Seal of the City of Coral Gables.

Seal of the City of Coral Gables bronze medal was presented to Mr. Fowler by Mayor Don Slesnick on the anniversary of the Coral Gables office.

Antonio Rodriquez received the 2011 Leadership in Law award.

Started in 2005, Leadership in Law recognizes 50 area legal professionals in four categories: firm associated, court associated, in-house counsel and educators. New Orleans City Business awards Leadership in Law to outstanding professionals whose successes in law and contributions to the community have set the pace for the legal community. Honorees are selected based on their professional and community involvement and achievements and overall success.

Antonio Rodriguez was nominated by his firm, Fowler Rodriguez, and chosen as an honoree for his contributions to the development of his field in maritime law through practice, teaching and writings. Rodriguez is also an adjacent law professor at Tulane University Law School, where he has the opportunity to impact young attorneys and serves on the advisory board for the Tulane Admiralty Law Institution.

Antonio J. Rodriguez, George J. Fowler, III, Edward F. LeBreton, III, and  Mat M. Gray, III, selected to Louisiana Super Lawyers 2010®

Rodriguez, Fowler, LeBreton, and Gray were named as Top Lawyer in the 2012 Louisiana Super Lawyers magazine based on their success among their peers. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and rigorous, which includes independent research, peer nominations and evaluations. Peer-related aspect of the process is combined with third party research. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selections are made on an annual, state-by-state basis. 

The objective is to create an outstanding list of credible, comprehensive and diverse attorneys that can be used as a resource for anyone, including attorneys and consumers searching for legal counsel.  Super Lawyers is intended to be used as an aid in selecting a lawyer and therefore has limits on lawyer ratings to those who can be hired and retained by the public.

George Fowler, III  receives WTC Cunningham Award

June 25,2008

On Thursday, June 5 2008, George J. Fowler III, received the World Trade Center’s Thomas F. Cunningham award at a subscription luncheon in the Plimsoll Club. The award is presented in recognition of outstanding service toward better social, educational, economic, cultural and political relationships between the United States and the countries of Latin America and the promotion of better understanding and friendly relations between them.

Mr. Fowler was born in Havana, Cuba, and obtained a business degree from Louisiana State University and a law degree from Tulane University. In 1988, Mr. Fowler founded Fowler Rodriguez, an international law firm with offices in New Orleans, Houston, Miami, Mobile and Bogota, and associated offices in Caracas, Guatemala City, Mexico City, Montreal, San Jose, San Pedro Sula, San Salvador, Santo Domingo and Sao Paulo. The firm is prominent in the fields of international law, energy, admiralty and commercial law.

Mr. Fowler is the founder and chairman of the Tulane Law School Latin American Law Institute. He also served as chairman of the International Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association. He is general counsel, vice president and on the board of directors of the Cuban American National Foundation, where he has been active in the field of human rights. Mr. Fowler was one of the founders and serves on the board of the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation and is a board member of the World Trade Center. In 2005, he received the “Sanchez to Sanchez to Smith Award” from the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana.

The Cunningham award dates back to 1945. Recent past recipients include Dr. John Ochsner, Capt. J.W. Clark and Charles and Samuel Robinson.

Founded in 1943, as a not-for-profit membership organization, the World Trade Center of New Orleans was the first of what are today 309 WTCs in 88 countries that service more than one million businesses engaged in international commerce. WTC New Orleans' mission is to add wealth and jobs in New Orleans and Louisiana through international trade, port development, and allied activities. The WTC conducts international trade education, training, and networking programs and provides trade information and other services for its 1,900 members and Louisiana's business community at large. Information on WTC membership is posted at www.wtcno.org/membership/benefits.htm

Antonio J. Rodriguez was selected to appear in the Guide to the Leading US Lawyers - Best of the Best USA 2007 as a result of being identified among the top 25 Shipping experts in the USA.  Over 4,000 questionnaires were sent to senior practitioners or in-house counsel involved in each practice area, asking them to nominate leading practitioners based on their work and reputation. Mr. Rodriguez’s biography can be found at www.expertguides.com.

George Fowler and Antonio J. Rodriguez were named Super Lawyers for 2007.  

Michael McCoy, partner in Houston, has been named a 2007 Texas Super Lawyer for the second year in a row in the insurance area.

 

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