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Matthew C. Guy

Special Counsel and Maritime Team Leader

As a litigator, I have both prosecuted and defended numerous complex international claims. So I thoroughly understand the adversarial nature of the system but firmly believe that keeping relations as civilized as possible benefits both my clients and the opposing sides. My clients appreciate that I identify the key issues at the heart of any dispute, early on, and then focus on these matters so we avoid the personality-driven conflicts and mistrust that can delay resolution and drive up expenses. It’s good for business, but, more importantly, it’s basic common decency.

Matt Guy litigates matters stemming from marine construction, maritime, marine and energy insurance and all aspects of worldwide oil and gas operations. With a truly global focus, Matt handles a great deal of work connected to oil and gas production centers, including the Gulf of Mexico, West Africa, and Europe.  His representation encompasses domestic and international marine construction companies, drilling contractors, offshore service vessel owners, ship owners, shipyards and rig repair facilities, naval architects, marine engineers and designers, as well as their insurers on coverage questions, defense of claims, and subrogation.

Matt started his career in London working for a large firm representing clients in the insurance market there, making him one of a very rare breed of attorneys who are licensed to practice in Texas, Louisiana, and England. He is very familiar with how both the London insurance market and the marine and energy companies insured there operate. His extensive international maritime litigation experience uniquely qualifies him to marshal and manage responses to disasters and accidents and then to adeptly deal with government entities, insurers, other parties, and the resulting legal actions in their aftermaths.

Using a hands-on, boots-on-the-ground approach to his clients’ inquiries and issues, Matt keeps a hard hat, steel-capped boots, and safety equipment in a duffel bag packed in the back of his car for the times he needs to respond quickly and get on-site as soon as possible.

Education

  • Tulane University Law School, LL.M., 2005, Admiralty Law
  • Inns of Court School of Law (London, England), 1999, Barrister
  • The City University (London, England), Diploma in Law, 1998
  • University of Oxford, B.A. / M.A., 1997, Modern History

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana
  • Texas
  • England and Wales (non-practicing)

Court Admissions

  • Louisiana
  • 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
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court

Acknowledgements

  • Louisiana Super Lawyers® (By Thomson Reuters) Maritime Law 2013-2019 
  • Best Lawyers® (by BL Rankings, LLC) – Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants Since 2018
  • New Orleans CityBusiness Leaders in Law, 2017

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • The Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn 
  • State Bar of Texas 
  • Louisiana State Bar Association 
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States 
  • International Society of Barristers 
  • Tulane Law School Civil Litigation Boot Camp, Faculty Member, 2013-Present 
  • Tulane Inn of Court, Treasurer, 2015-Present 
  • Court Watch NOLA, Board of Directors Chair, 2016-Present