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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 encompasses maritime/transportation and customs matters as well as products liability with an emphasis on drug and medical device. He advises companies on their compliance with maritime and transportation laws and regulations before the US Coast Guard (USCG), the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the Maritime Administration (MARAD), the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).

Cole counsels companies on Jones Act and American Fisheries Act compliance, manning requirements on the outer continental shelf, B1-OCS visas, and vessel entrance and clearance reporting requirements. Clients turn to Cole to represent them before CBP on seizures and penalties involving vessel and merchandise reporting violations and allegations of trademark infringement. He also represents clients before CBP on ruling requests involving coastwise trade.

Additionally, Cole advises and represents clients on a range of transactional matters including marine terminal operating agreements and their compliance with FMC regulations, vessel sale agreements, US and foreign vessel documentation, public-private-partnership agreements and charter agreements.

In his litigation practice, Cole represents clients involving cargo and vessel attachments, charter party and bill of lading disputes and collision and allision matters. He also advocates for pharmaceutical clients in many types of cases, including complex and multi-district litigation. On the pharmaceutical front, Cole is a proponent for expanding the role of pharmacogenomics in drug development and in litigation.

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

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • International Freight Forwarders and Customs Brokers Association of New Orleans (IFFCBANO), Associate Member
  • Raintree Children and Family Services, Board Member

Tariff Update, Adams and Reese Client Bulletin, August 2018