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I work with some of the most talented people in their respective industries and am constantly learning how their day-to-day operations achieve their goals.  Drawing upon those experiences, I advise and manage their legal risks and analyze how best to mitigate that risk as issues arise.  Ultimately, it is my job to seek the best results for my clients, and learning their business is critical to that success.

Adam McNeil has more than 20 years of litigation and transactional law experience in logistics, construction, banking, real estate, and transportation. Adam has litigated complex commercial matters in federal courts, state courts, and before arbitration panels. He has extensive experience in business litigation, business torts, breach of lease, and remedies and defenses under Louisiana and Texas law. He also litigates admiralty (including vessel arrests), unfair trade practices, fraud, and professional liability matters. 

Adam’s extensive litigation experience allows him to counsel clients on business issues, including purchase and construction agreements, lease negotiations, finance and security agreements, master service agreements, and complex business matters. His clients frequently seek guidance during contract negotiations to address issues that might otherwise result in litigation.

Adam also represents foreign and domestic owners, operators, and lenders in vessel finance transactions worldwide. He frequently prepares ship mortgages, purchase agreements, and vessel construction agreements. He is often called upon to provide advice on shipping and energy-related acquisitions and other marine-related finance projects. Adam’s practice also includes assisting logistics and transportation clients with federal regulatory compliance and operational issues.

Our client’s success is how we measure the effectiveness of our representation.

Education

  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, J.D., 2000
  • Louisiana State University, B.A., 1996

Bar Admissions

  • Texas
  • Louisiana

Court Admissions

  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana

Community Involvement

  • Friends of City Park, Board Member
  • City Park Improvement Association, Board Member

Acknowledgements

New Orleans CityBusiness “Ones to Watch” 2019

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • Maritime Law Association
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Association
  • Successful verdict in the representation of commodity shipper in breach of time charter lawsuit;
  • Representation of an equipment owner/operator in a breach of lease lawsuit arising from maritime equipment installed upon a vessel. After obtaining a successful verdict before the trial court, Adam subsequently defended the verdict in the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal and the Louisiana State Supreme Court, where the verdict was affirmed;
  • Negotiation of extended ground lease in conjunction with construction of hotel development project;
  • Representation of an international oil services provider during a two-week arbitration of a multi-million-dollar breach of contract claim. After the arbitration, his client obtained a favorable multi-million-dollar verdict;
  • Representation of an international logistics company with negotiation of multiple, long term contracts for the transportation and warehousing of commodities;
  • Multiple representations of lenders on breaches of preferred ship mortgages resulting in the arrest and subsequent sale of vessels conducted by the United States Marshal;
  • Representation of a finance company in an arbitration defending alleged breaches of sales agreements, fraud, and unfair trade practices claims against it relating to accounts receivable sales agreements;
  • Representation of commercial landlord in litigation concerning breach of long term, omnibus lease;
  • Representation of an equipment owner/operator in its defense of a class action lawsuit arising out of equipment leases.