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Brett D. Wise
Of Counsel, New Orleans
Hancock Whitney Center
701 Poydras Street
Suite 5000
New Orleans, Louisiana 70139


Brett Wise is an experienced maritime lawyer representing domestic and international companies in the energy and chemical industry sectors in complex claims ­- on the Mississippi River and in the Gulf -­ in state and federal courts. Clients turn to Brett for advice for high exposure tort and contractual matters involving vessels, ports, shipyards, oil platforms and both personal injury claims and cabotage issues relating to the Jones Act.

Brett offers clients a depth and breadth of technical know-how that translates into a competitive advantage in contentious admiralty matters such as:

  • Cargo claims

  • Offshore drilling

  • Vessel collisions and allisions

  • Vessel construction and repair litigation

  • Drilling and completion accidents and 

  • Well blowouts

He has assisted clients with reservoir damage, insurance, casualty, pipeline accidents and other oilfield tort claims, as well as toxic tort, aviation and products liability defense matters in the admiralty context.

Brett is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and the Navy Nuclear Power School.  He served on active duty for seven years as a submariner in the U.S. Navy.  He retired as a Captain from the U.S. Navy Reserve.



Brett is a key member of the firm's admiralty law team, helping brown-water and blue-water operators and others with maritime claims and policy-holder insurance litigation.  As Brett describes it, "I regularly defend or prosecute claims -­ whether as lead counsel or as a member of a team -­ involving vessel, platform, shipyard or port accidents with multiple parties and complex intersections of state and federal law."

"I'm also often on teams investigating maritime accidents.  Thanks to my naval experience, I know how to locate, use and question experts as well as read and interpret radar and other technical data myself."

Brett's technical expertise came into play, for example, in his work on the BP spill and for post-Katrina damage claims.



  • Loyola Law School in New Orleans - Adjunct Professor, Maritime law, 2008 - present

  • New Orleans, Louisiana State and American Bar Associations - Member

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Charles Schwartz, Jr., Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, 1996 - 1997


“2021 Federal Offshore Update,” Liskow & Lewis Webinar, February 10, 2021


  • New Orleans Magazine's List of "Top Lawyers," 2019

  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2020 – 2022

  • U.S. Navy - Lieutenant, 1986 – 1993

  • U.S. Navy Reserve, Captain, 1994 – present

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