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Maritime, trade and transportation touch on practically every aspect of our lives. Taken together, they are the driving industry in not only Louisiana, but across the country and around the world. Because this industry affects every business in one form or another, I strive to help clients understand and navigate the complex statutes and regulations governing this industry, and its ever-changing global landscape.

Cole Callihan’s practice focuses primarily on state and federal regulatory matters.  At the state level, Cole counsels clients and assists with transactions relating to gaming, public-private partnerships (P3s), and economic development.

At the federal level, Cole’s practice focuses primarily on customs and international trade, transportation, and maritime.  He counsels and represents clients before the US Coast Guard (USCG), the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the United States Trade Representative (USTR), the Maritime Administration (MARAD), the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and the Department of the Interior (DOI).

In his customs and trade practice, Cole advises clients on import issues relating to duties, tariff exclusions, tariff classifications, country of origin, and foreign trade zones. He represents clients before the Court of International Trade and has successfully mitigated penalties before CBP involving countervailing and anti-dumping duties, seizure of goods, and over $2mm in vessel reporting violations.

Cole also counsels maritime and transportation clients on issues relating to the Jones Act and Coastwise trade and has obtained favorable Jones Act rulings from CBP for clients operating off the Pacific coast and in the Gulf of Mexico. Cole also counsels and assists clients on foreign worker exemptions on the outer continental shelf, B-1 (OCS) visas, and foreign and domestic vessel documentation.

Bringing together his trade, transportation, and maritime experience, Cole assists clients with drafting and negotiating ocean carrier service contracts, marine terminal operating agreements, supply agreements, and packaging and warehouse agreements.

The practice of law provides me the wonderful opportunity to work with a variety of industries and individuals, all with unique legal problems. It is with this eagerness and enthusiasm that I approach each legal issue, no matter how large or small.


  • Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, J.D., 2011
  • Louisiana State University, B.S., 2002

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana

Court Admissions

  • United States Court of International Trade

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • International Freight Forwarders and Customs Brokers Association of New Orleans (IFFCBANO), Associate Member
  • Customs and International Trade Bar Association
  • Raintree Children and Family Services, Board Member
  • World Trade Center of New Orleans, Policy Committee
  • Tariff Update – Trade War Drums Grow Louder, Adams and Reese Client Bulletin, September 2018
  • A Difficult Road Awaits the U.S. Mexico Canada Trade Agreement in Congress, Adams and Reese Client Bulletin, October 2018
  • Don’t Feel Entirely Helpless in Trade Volatility, Global Trade, November 2018
  • U.S. Increasing Section 301 Tariffs on China, Adams and Reese Client Bulletin, May 2019
  • When Supply Chains Become Blockchains, Adams and Reese Client Bulletin, May 2019
  • Tariff Update: U.S. – China Truce and List 3 Exclusion Process, Adams and Reese Client Bulletin, July 2019
  • As Global Trade Slows, How Can Businesses Mitigate Interruption to Supply Chains?, Adams and Reese Client Bulletin, March 2020
  • Global Trade Policy Updates During the Coronavirus Pandemic, Adams and Reese Client Bulletin, March 2020