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George J. Fowler, III

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fow@frfirm.com

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400 Poydras Street,
30th Floor
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130

Direct Line: (504) 595-5123
Telephone: (504) 523-2600
Fax: (504) 523-2705
Cell phone: (504) 884-2600
Residence: (504) 899-9673
E-Mail: fow@frfirm.com

 

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Mr. Fowler is the founding partner of the international law firm, Fowler Rodriguez, with offices in New Orleans, Houston, Miami, Mobile, Bogotá, and Tampa.

Mr. Fowler is recognized internationally as a trial lawyer having tried hundreds of cases to both juries and judges including high profile, complex litigation and cases of national concern.

He has written and lectured extensively on private international law and world trade. 

Mr. Fowler is active in promoting trade and investment for the City of New Orleans.

Mr. Fowler works in the field of human rights and is Vice Chairman and General Counsel of Cuban American National Foundation. Mr. Fowler is a frequent guest on national television on Cuba issues.  

He serves on the United States Commission on Civil Rights (Louisiana Advisory Committee).

He founded and served as Chairman of the Tulane Latin American Law Institute.

Founder, Chairman Emeritus and Board Member of the New Orleans Hispanic Heritage Foundation.  Awarded over 800 scholarships to Latino students.  

Served as Chairman of the International Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association.

Served as Chairman of the Admiralty and Maritime Committee of the Section of International Law and Practice of the American Bar Association.

Board of Directors of the World Trade Center (Executive Committee, 2011).

The Ochsner Hospital-Alzheimer’s Board.

The Metropolitan Crime Commission Board.

Executive Board of the Southeast Louisiana Council of the Boy Scouts.

Trustee of Camillus House (Miami).

National Hispanic Steering Committee for Juntos Con Romney, 2012.

Served on the Board of the United Way.

Serves on the Maritime Law Association’s Section of the World Maritime Treaty Organization, CMI.

Mr. Fowler published a book with Amazon.com, My Cuba Libre: Bringing Fidel Castro to Justice.

Born in Havana, Cuba, on October 12, 1950. 

Practices:

  • International law
  • Maritime
  • Energy
  • Business litigation
  • Construction
  • Employment
  • Insurance
  • General corporate law 

Awards:

  • Best Lawyers in America (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013,  2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) (Admiralty & Maritime)
  • Super Lawyers of Louisiana (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017) (International and Business Litigation)
  • World Trade Center’s Thomas F. Cunningham award (2008)
  • CityBusiness Leadership in Law
  • 2005 “Sanchez to Sanchez to Smith” Award by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana (National)
  • Young Leadership Council (Role Model, 1999)
  • Heart of the Americas
  • City of Coral Gables, Florida, 2010, Business Development Award
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (Hispanic Heritage Program)
  • New Orleans Council for Community and Justice, Weiss Award, 2013
  • Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame Laureate, 2017

Foreign Languages:

  • Spanish
  • French 

Representative Clients:

  • Carnival Corporation
  • Pan American Life
  • Halliburton
  • Royal Caribbean Cruises, Ltd.
  • John W. Stone Oil Distributor, LLC
  • Tidewater Inc.
  • Florida Crystals Corporation
  • MasTec, Inc.

Bars & Courts:

  • Louisiana State Bar, 1975
  • United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1979
  • United States Supreme Court, 2010

Education:

  • J.D., Tulane Law School, 1975; Tulane Moot Court Board
  • B.S. Business Administration, Louisiana State University, 1972

Professional Associations:

  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • American Bar Associations
  • Inter-American Bar Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • National Ocean Industries Association
  • Translator, Code of Maritime Procedure, Republic of Panama, 1983
  • Section of International Law and Practice, American Bar Association (Chairman, Fall Conference, 1987)
  • U.S. Delegate Comité Maritime International (Lisbon, 1986, New Orleans Colloquium, 1987; Paris, 1990; Sydney, 1994; Singapore, 2001; Oslo 2011) 

Cases of Note:

MARITIME / OFFSHORE ENERGY

Maritime Disaster:

  1. Claim against Rolls-Royce on behalf of Royal Caribbean for multiple pod failures on the MILLENNIUM, INFINITY, SUMMIT and CONSTELLATION. Royal Caribbean et al v. Alstom and Rolls-Royce, Case No. 03-18350 CA 20, 11th Judicial Circuit in and for Miami-Dade County, Florida
  2. QUEEN MARY 2; mermaid pod claim against Rolls-Royce. Tried and won $24 million jury verdict. Carnival v. Rolls-Royce PLC & Converteam, Case No. 08-23318-Civ-Seitz-O’Sullivan, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida.
  3. M/V SEABULK AMERICA- Shipyard dispute relative to defective construction of the hull; counsel for Vesta Insurance.
  4. PHI-Helicopter crash on drilling rig, 15 dead -1988
  5. M/V COLUMBUS-Grounding off the coast of Jamaica-2002
  6. D/B TOLTECA -Pipeline damage 2000
  7. M/V PROFITIS ELIAS - Grounding off Veracruz Mexico-1997
  8. M/V MAY FLOWER III-Destruction of Property, Hurricane Katrina
  9. M/V ARABELLA & M/V BUNKER KING-Barge breakaway incident
  10. M/V GLOMAR CELTIC SEA - Mooring winch break failures - 2002
  11. D/G GSF ARTIC I, Breakaway of Drilling rig during Hurricane Katrina striking Stone Energy Platform- 2005
  12. GSF HIGHISLAND III- Hurricane Rita, Damage to Hog Bayou field well head
  13. DEVELOPMENT DRILLER I-Salvage Claim
  14. ADRIATIC VII - Damage and destruction of APACHE platform during Hurricane Rita
  15. MN EL HIPPO GRANDE & TIDEMAR 265 - Arrest of vessels and crew in Guatemala.
  16. M/V HATCH TIDE- Striking of pipeline causing explosion and four deaths in Santa Marta, Colombia - 1996
  17. M/V CHEROKEE PRINCESS- Damage to propeller in Buenos Aires, Argentina
  18. M/V KICKAPOO BELLE- Stevedore damage to crane in Mansanilla, Mexico - 2000
  19. M/V CHEROKEE PRINCESS-Loss of crew at sea by wavewash-2001
  20. M/S CELEBRATION - Alleged wavewash incident - 1996
  21. M/SV DESTINY- Main engine breakdown - 2000
  22. M/S INSPIRATION - Coral reef damage
  23. M/S FANTASY - Alleged wavewash incident
  24. M/V CHUCK - 1997
  25. M/V TEDDY BEAR - Salvage Claim
  26. M/S CRYSTAL SERENITY - Electrical failure of starboard pod
  27. M/S CRYSTAL SERENITY - Generator disaster
  28. D/B CHEMUL - Pemex platform broke away from its moorings and caused extensive damage in Port of Mobile during hurricane
  29. M/V NORDIC- Claim against US Coast Guard for damages and loss of vessel
  30. M/V BLACK RIVER- Damage to pipeline
  31. M/V CASTILLO DE SALAS - Breakaway from anchor which caught on energy pipeline in the Mississippi River
  32. M/V KATHY JEAN - Fishing vessel disappearance
  33. McDonough BARGE ABC-71 - Crew deaths involving contaminated gas in barge
  34. M/V FORUM CHEMIST - Salvage claim
Sinking:
  1. M/V JOY- Sinking off the coast of New Orleans - 1975
  2. M/V MR. JOHN- Sinking off the coast of Africa
  3. M/V DOULA TIDE-Sinking at Port Elizabeth
  4. M/V HAPPY RUNNER - Sinking in the Mississippi River
  5. BARGE 269- Sinking off the coast of Mexico - 265 crewman thrown into the sea with loss of life
  6. M/V OXY PRODUCER - Sinking of integrated tug and barge
Oil Spill:
  1. M/V AMOCO CADIZ - providing advice to Astilleros Españoles
  2. M/V STONE FUELER-Oil spill & Sinking-1998
  3. M/V AELOSIS - Alleged oil spill in New Orleans- 2001
  4. M/S TROPICALE- Oil spill in Mississippi River- 1994
  5. M/S SENSATION- Oil Spill in Tampa
  6. M/S CELEBRATION- Oil spill
  7. M/S INSPIRATION - Oil spill
  8. MN EMILY S. & BARGE MORRIS J. BERMAN- Oil spill disaster, San Juan, Puerto Rico - 1994
  9. M/V CATHY SETTOON - Hit and run of the ExPert oil well causing massive oil pollution - 2009
Fire:
  1. Astano Shipyard - Spain - Fire and explosion of drilling rig under construction
  2. CHUC-A - PEMEX Drilling platform - Fire and explosion in Mexico with loss of life and destruction of platform - 1997 l
  3. M/S ECSTASY - Fire onboard - 1998
  4. M/S TROPICALE - Fire onboard - 1999
  5. M/W WARSAW - Fire on coal shipments from west coast to Taiwan
  6. M/S CELEBRATION - Fire onboard - 2000
  7. CTE MACARENA - Fire 1992
  8. M/S CARNIVAL SPLENDOR - Engine room fire 2010 58. BARGE 525 - Explosion and loss of life
Collision / Allision:
  1. M/V BALTIC MERMAID collision with M/V MARSHAL KONYEV-1996
  2. M/V FORMOSA SIX - Collision with M/V FLORA
  3. M/V ISLA AZTECA- Allision with M/V MODU: TOTONACA-2004
  4. M/V BANAHAW Collision with M/V GEORGIA LADY-1989
  5. OCEAN CARRIER I - Collision with mooring dolphin in Cartagena, Colombia -1993
  6. M/V CAL DIVER I - Collision with MISS PATRICIA and BOA BARGE 10 - 1995
  7. M/S INSPIRATION - Collision with tug, M/V W.O. WATSON, and tow - 2001
  8. M/V MARINER III - Collision and loss of life with S/B HILARIA 2003
  9. M/V EARTHRACE - Collision with fishing vessel off coast of Guatemala - 2007
  10. Submarine USS DRUM & M.T. SEI BRIGHT - Collision
  11. M/V STONE FUELER - Collision with M/V OSCO CASTER - 1988
  12. M/V BANAHAW - Collision with the GEORGIA LADY - 1989
  13. M/V MISS LURLEEN - Collision rig portable 2003
  14. M/V OBO VENTURE - Collision with ANGELIC SPIRIT - 1998
  15. GLOMAR LABRADOR - Struck by M/V IRVING FOREST in North Sea
  16. M/V TONGALA - Allision with dock causing massive damage
  17. M/V HOS BEAUFORT – Collision with mobile, semi-submersible offshore construction support platform in Mexico’s Bay of Campeche – 201
Mutiny:
  1. M/V NYUTA - Mutiny-1975

 

INTERNATIONAL LAW, LITIGATION AND ARBITRATION:

  1. Multiple Foreign Corrupt Practices Act cases relative to the U.S. offshore oil and gas industry representing officers, directors and corporations
  2. ICSID Arbitration between Spanish client against the Government of Costa Rica relative to the national contract for inspection of vehicles countrywide. Pending.
  3. Representation of officers of U.S. publicly held company in criminal and civil actions brought by labor unions in Spain. Pending in Spain since 2001.
  4. Represented Fidelity and Deposit of Maryland the bonding company for the contractor of the Pan American Highway in multiple civil and criminal disputes with the contractors. Appeared before the courts of Panama.
  5. Represented U.S. interests in dispute with Chinese company relative to representation agreements.
  6. Represented MasTec, Inc. in commercial litigation brought by shareholders of Spanish Company. The case was dismissed and MasTec Inc. received a letter confirming that the allegations were false. The claim was filed in a Miami federal court but stemmed from Spanish litigation.
  7. Arrest of ship in Japan to collect claim for bunkers sold in the U.S. The collection was in full.
  8. Represent Halliburton in Colombia in multiple areas including labor disputes over the past 20 years.
  9. Represented manufacturer and mortgagee of four (4) planes confiscated by the Government of Venezuela alleging the purchaser carried illegal drugs.
  10. Appeared before the Government of Spain to provide an opinion on Spain’s rights to treasure recovered from Spanish Galleons and Spain’s dispute with salvors.
  11. Represented Brazilian exporters of steel to US in litigation in the U.S. and in Brazil.
  12. Represented US company sued by YPF, Argentina’s Oil Company for breach of contract to purchase oil.
  13. Multiple matters affecting the U.S.-Cuba policy, including OFAC related issues.

POWER PLANT PROJECTS:

  1. Handled contract for Guatemalan client, transporting and erecting power plant in Guatemala for Duke Energy
  2. Representation of Colombia Energy Company in various power plant projects

HUMAN RIGHTS:

  1. Mr. Fowler was born in Cuba and became a refugee in the United States in 1960. Most of his adult life Mr. Fowler has been involved in issues regarding violations of human rights in Cuba. For the past 20 years, Mr. Fowler has been pro-bono General Counsel of the Cuban American National Foundation, the largest Cuban exile organization in the world. Mr. Fowler has worked to have the Cuban dictator indicted for crimes against humanity, genocide and violations of human rights in various countries including the United States.
  2. He has written extensively on this issue and appeared numerous times in radio and TV shows speaking on the subject.
  3. He is active with the Foundation for Human Rights in Cuba, an organization devoted to supporting the dissident movement in Cuba and aiding Cubans who make it to the United States.
  4. Mr. Fowler was one of the attorneys for the little Cuban boy, ELIAN GONZALEZ, who sought to remain in the United States after his mother died in the Florida Straits bringing him to freedom. Mr. Fowler argued the case in Federal Court in Washington, D.C. (Elian Gonzalez, a minor, by and through Lazaro Gonzalez, v. Janet, Reno, et al, # 00-00819 (HHK).

CIVIL RIGHTS:

  1. Mr. Fowler civilly prosecuted to jury trial cases on behalf of African Americans who have been abused by police in New Orleans. One noteworthy case was the matter of Forde, et al v. Lee, et al, #: 2:91-cv- 01163MLCF. That federal case was presided by the Honorable Martin Feldman. Mr. Fowler’s team was able to obtain a successful jury verdict in favor of Brian Forde, a black New Orleans Saints football player, who was brutally beaten by the police. It was one of the largest civil rights verdicts in Louisiana. Judge Feldman awarded Mr. Fowler his attorneys’ fees.
  2. Mr. Fowler also successfully sued the United States Coast Guard and the United States Government for their negligent treatment of Captain Bram Coumou whose civil and human rights were violated when he was released to the Haitian Government for prosecution for a crime the U.S. Coast Guard knew he did not commit. Bram C. Coumou v. The United States of America, et al, #: 2:93-cv-01465-ML It resulted in a multimillion dollar verdict against the U.S. Government. It was a jury trial in federal court in the Eastern District of Louisiana.

EXPROPRIATION:

  1. Represented John W. Stone Oil Distributor, LLC against Transco for expropriation of gas caverns in Louisiana.

ANTITRUST:

  1. Represented Louisiana company in anti-trust civil action in federal court brought by Ochsner Hospital for alleged anti-trust and price fixing violations. 

 

 

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