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Francis V. Liantonio, Jr.

Member, Executive Committee

Francis “Frank” Liantonio joined Adams and Reese in 1988 as a Law Clerk and is now a Partner in the Litigation Group. He is a litigator and business advisor in all aspects of the energy, marine and environmental litigation practices of the firm.


Frank has extensive experience in the maritime field, including work as a marine surveyor. He has handled a wide range of energy and marine claims involving collisions, towage, oil pollution, salvage, personal injury, pipeline casualties, oilfield environmental contamination, drilling and completion, reservoir damage and other similar claims.


In addition to litigating claims, Frank regularly advises clients on contractual and general business issues. He has investigated numerous serious casualties and is experienced in quickly assessing risks and managing the response with clients by working with investigating governmental authorities, the media and outside consultants.


His other significant contributions include:


  • Experience in the areas of environmental, oil and gas, toxic tort, federal whistleblower, transportation and commercial litigation matters, including corporate criminal investigations. He has defended insurers against bad faith claims and professional liability claims against, among others, surveyors and insurance professionals.
  • Appearing in Federal and State Courts in Louisiana and Texas and before the National Transportation Safety Board, the Minerals Management Service, the United States Coast Guard and other Administrative Law Judges. He also has experience with arbitration and mediation of matters.
  • Leading a team of multidisciplinary lawyers in a new modular vessel construction project, which involved the negotiation and drafting of a variety of construction, fabrication, design and procurement contracts, complex vessel financing, chartering and multiple vessel module construction agreements.
  • Actively supporting the firm’s HUGS program, and founding and coordinating the firm’s “Donate a Phone” program that provides donated cell phones to special needs recipients. 


Frank is a member of the Board of Directors for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure New Orleans Affiliate, and has served as the Race for the Cure Co-Chair since 2007. He also is a board member of the Louisiana Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Frank has coached youth soccer for more than a decade and has served on the board of a local soccer club. Frank is an alumnus of Leadership Louisiana.