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David W. Leefe
Shareholder, New Orleans
Hancock Whitney Center
701 Poydras Street
Suite 5000
New Orleans, Louisiana 70139


David Leefe is a member and past Chair of the firm’s Maritime, Oilfield & Insurance section.  He has practiced law for over 35 years, all with Liskow & Lewis, and his experience includes a broad range of litigation and contract matters. His practice emphasis is on maritime litigation, personal injury and property damage, drilling and downhole incidents, contractual indemnity, insurance coverage, and casualty investigation and response.  He has defended hundreds of cases falling under the Jones Act, OCSLA, and general maritime law, and he is routinely called upon to analyze complex questions of oilfield indemnity and insurance. His litigation and trial experience in federal and state courts, as well as arbitration, is considerable.

David plays an active role with the Louisiana State Bar Association.  He has served as a member of the LSBA House of Delegates for many years and is a past member of the the LSBA Board of Governors.  David is particularly proud of his service as the longtime Chair of the LSBA Client Assistance Fund Committee, whose mission is to investigate claims and reimburse individuals victimized by lawyer misconduct.  David also previously served on Liskow’s Board of Directors.



  • Louisiana State Bar Association Board of Governors, 2014 - 2016

  • Louisiana State Bar Association - House of Delegates, 1995 - 2014, 2017

  • Louisiana State Bar Association - Client Protection Fund Committee Chairman, 2006 - present

  • Louisiana Bar Foundation - Sustaining Fellow

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

  • Loyola Law School Alumni Association - President, 1989

  • Maritime Law Association - Proctor Member

  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute

  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel

  • New Orleans Association of Defense Counsel

  • Loyola Law School Alumni Association - Past President


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  • “Oilfield Casualty Insurance – Is it Covered (#2),” Oilfield Indemnity and Insurance Seminar, 2018

  • “Oilfield Casualty Insurance – Is it Covered,” Oilfield Indemnity and Insurance Seminar, 2016

  • “Mock Negotiation of an Oilfield Contract,” Oilfield Indemnity and Insurance Seminar, 2014

  • “Contractual Indemnity and Insurance – the Basics,” Oilfield Indemnity and Insurance Seminar, 2012

  • "Offshore Liabilities and Litigation," Houston Association of Professional Landmen, November 17, 2011

  • “Anatomy of an Oilfield Casualty,” Oilfield Indemnity and Insurance Seminar, 2009

  • “Current Developments in Maritime Personal Injury,” New Orleans Bar Association Luncheon Presentation, 2007

  • “Recent Trends and Developments in Contractual Indemnity and Insurance,” Oilfied Indemnity and Insurance Seminar, 2006

  • “Recent Developments – OCSLA Jurisdiction,” LSBA 13th Annual Admiralty Seminar, 2006

  • “Litigating Oilfield Construction Disputes and Builder’s Risk Insurance Claims,” Oilfield Indemnity and Insurance Seminar, 2004

  • “Attorney-Client Privilege,” Confidentiality and Ethics Seminar, 2004

  • “Drafting and Negotiating Contractual Indemnity and Insurance Provisions,” Oilfield Indemnity and Insurance Seminar, 1998

  • “Oilfield Indemnity, Insurance and Contractual Risk Allocation,” Energy Week Seminar, 1997

  • “Enforceability of Mediation Agreements,” Offshore Marine Supply Association, 1997

  • “The IADC Drilling Contract - Advantages and Disadvantages,” Oilfield Indemnity and Insurance Seminar, 1995

  • “Indemnity and Insurance,” Oilfield Seminar, 1992

  • “Effective Management of Litigation,” Schlumberger North American Litigation Seminar, 1991

  • “Maintenance and Cure Update,” River and Marine Industries Seminar, 1991

  • “Maintenance and Cure,” River and Marine Industries Seminar, 1990


  • “Client Assistance Fund: Compensating for Lawyer Misdeeds, Repairing the Negative Image,” 60 La. Bar Journal 32 (June/July 2012)

  • "Fifth Circuit Symposium - Admiralty," 37 Loy. L. Rev. 433 (1991)

  • "Forum Non Conveniens and the Foreign Seaman, Fisher v. AGIOS NICOLAIS," 27 Loy. L. Rev. 309 (1981)

After Hours

“Growing up and living in New Orleans, I thrive on all of the special things the area has to offer – fishing, hunting, eating, cooking, music, nightlife, college and professional sports.  New Orleans is a great place to live and work, and I love sharing all the city has to offer with friends and visitors.”