Todd G. Crawford
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400 Poydras Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Todd G. Crawford joined Fowler Rodriguez in January 2010 as a partner in the firm’s Gulfport office. For more than 25 years, Mr. Crawford has handled a broad scope of complex litigation, ranging from toxic exposures to marine disasters to catastrophic oilfield blowouts. He has represented clients in state and federal courts across the gulf south and along the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. He is admitted to practice in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Illinois and New York. His practice includes:
- General maritime law matters, including arrests and attachments, cargo claims, limitation of liability, collisions and allisions and charter disputes
- Personal injury defense, including claims under the Jones Act, the Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act, and passenger claims under the general maritime law.
- Counseling and litigation regarding marine insurance coverages, including inland marine policies, P&I, MEL, hull, bumbershoot, builder’s risk hull coverages, and special coverages provided by the London marine market.
- Reviewing, drafting and implementing master service agreements, charter parties, leases and construction contracts, and contractual indemnity and insurance provisions.
- Commercial litigation
Mr. Crawford was born in McComb, Mississippi and graduated from Louisiana Tech University with a B.A. in Chemistry in 1987. His background in science is an asset in cases involving technical subject matter. In 1990, he received his J.D. from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center Louisiana State University. Mr. Crawford served as the Law Clerk for the Honorable William P. Polk in the Ninth Judicial District Court of Louisiana from 1990 to 1991.
Representative matters include:
- Defense verdict against a seaman following jury trial where seaman's sworn testimony was inconsistent with his posts on social media.
- Dismissal of dredging company's claims under the Louisiana Unfair Trade Practices Act, the Louisiana Uniform Trade Secrets Act, and related claims arising from former employee's Confidentiality Agreement with competitor on summary judgement.
- Defense verdict against a seaman allegedly injured on a crane barge when the boom of the crane failed and crashed into the deck of the barge. Trial court found the plaintiff’s credibility was so poor that his uncorroborated testimony of how his injury occurred was insufficient to carry his burden of proof.
- Dismissal of class action filed by residents of community affected when a local bridge was struck by a tug and tow; the class lacked standing to pursue damages under Robins Drydock.
- Dismissal of all claims against a tug boat company arising out of the collapse of a concrete column during construction of bridge, including personal injuries and wrongful death claims, by proving there was no evidence the tug made any contact with the column before it collapsed.
- Used AIS data to show seaman’s contention that a passing vessel generated a large wake causing him to slip and fall was not credible, resulting in favorable settlement.
- Overcame presumption of fault under the Oregon rule to secure a favorable verdict for tug and tow that allided with a stationery dredge. The court found the dredge violated multiple Rules of the Road and assessed it with 70% fault, with 15% comparative fault assigned to co-defendant/picket vessel.
- Proved a Jones Act seaman was addicted to prescription pain medication before his alleged accident and injury aboard vessel by demonstrating each day he departed vessel for leave corresponded with an appointment with his pain physician, and his complaints of pain were embellished to secure pain medication from new physicians, leading to favorable settlement
- Secured a favorable ruling from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit upholding a choice of law clause in a maritime hull policy covering a 48’ fishing vessel, resulting in the application of the general maritime law or New York law, rather than Mississippi law.
- Dismissal of rig builder's claims on summary judgement because he lacked sufficient connection to a vessel in navigation to establish Jones Act status.
- Dismissal of defamation action filed by former U.S. Congressman against treasurer of his campaign committee on basis that alleged defamatory statements were expressions of subjective opinion that could neither be true nor false.
- Compelled a Jones Act seaman to participate in binding arbitration in accordance with his employment agreement, despite exception for seaman claims under the Federal Arbitration Act. Court of Appeals recognized the FAA did not preclude the application of state arbitration laws.
- Won a motion to transfer venue from Texas to Alabama in dispute over a contract for the sale of biodiesel.
- Dismissal of oilfield service contractor in oilfield contamination lawsuit on basis there was no privity of contract between the plaintiff and the contractor, and the plaintiff could not identify any tort duty owed by contractor.
- Defended well control company in connection with fire and explosion aboard an offshore drilling rig against allegations its well control efforts ignited flammable vapors from wellbore.
- Defended well testing company in connection with fire and explosion aboard offshore drilling rig against allegations it mislabeled an Emergency Shut Down device that prevented control of well after a blowout.
- Maritime Law
- Insurance Coverage Analysis
- Personal Injury
- Environmental Compliance
- Contractual indemnity
Bars & Courts:
- Louisiana Bar, 1990
- Texas Bar, 1991
- Alabama Bar, 1992
- Mississippi Bar, 2007
- Illinois Bar, 2008
- New York Bar, 2015
- B.A., Louisiana Tech University, 1987
- J.D., Louisiana State University, 1990; Moot Court Board
- Southeast Admiralty Law Institute
- Defense Research Institute
- Louisiana State Bar Association
- Texas State Bar Association
- Alabama State Bar Association
- Mississippi State Bar Association
- Illinois State Bar Association
- New York State Bar Association