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Devin C. Reid
Shareholder, New Orleans
Hancock Whitney Center
701 Poydras Street
Suite 5000
New Orleans, Louisiana 70139


Devin Reid is a litigator focusing on maritime, energy and environmental issues and related insurance matters. His practice includes federal multi-district litigation, offshore blowouts, personal injury, property damage, insurance coverage, vessel allisions, and joint operating agreement disputes.

He has completed a course in Well Control Fundamentals and served as an on-site attorney representing the interests of major oil companies during governmental forensic examinations of well control equipment as well as the preservation of physical evidence related to maritime casualties.

Devin’s environmental experience includes assisting with issues related to oil spills, including serving on a legal team providing support for response compliance under both federal and state laws.

His trial preparation experience includes managing discovery, deposition defense, preparation of expert reports and experts, assisting in direct and cross-examinations during trial, and motion practice.

During his studies at LSU, Devin served as a research assistant to Professor William E. Crawford, Director of the Louisiana State Law Institute, and as a judicial extern to the Honorable Robert D. Downing of the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeals in Baton Rouge.


Recent Representative Matters:

Environmental Litigation

  • Served on trial team defending major oil company in quantification of oil released from an offshore loss of well control under the Clean Water Act (U.S. v. BP Exploration & Production Inc., No. 10-4536 (E.D. La.)

  • Served as on-site attorney representing a lessee’s interest in the forensic examination of oilfield equipment during both a governmental investigation and civil litigation related to an offshore loss of well control

  • Defending major oil company against claims of toxic exposure related to response to oil spill off the coast of Louisiana

  • Served as part of team that won summary judgment in federal court against claims of oyster leaseholders for alleged damages to lease interests from offshore oil spill (In re Manson Constr. Co., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 71114 (E.D. La. May 20, 2013))

  • Served as part of team that won summary judgment in federal court against intellectual property claims brought by claimant who alleged that major oil company appropriated individual’s suggestion to control offshore blowout without compensation to individual (Cutler v. BP, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 143764 (E.D. La. Oct. 4, 2012))

Personal Injury

  • Obtained summary judgment that was subsequently affirmed for oilfield services contractor against personal injury plaintiff on grounds that contractor owed no duty of care to plaintiff during concurrent operations in the Gulf of Mexico (McCarroll v. Seatrax Servs., et al., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 103452 (E.D. La. July 24, 2013),affirmed 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 6504, April 9, 2014 (U.S. 5th Cir. April 9, 2014))

Property Casualty

  • Served as on-site attorney for pipeline operator responsible for evidence preservation and legal supervision of repairs and remediation after allision of vessel with submerged pipeline in Louisiana territorial waters



  • The Foundation For Natural Resources and Energy Law, Member

  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, Member

  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, Member

  • New Orleans Association of Defense Counsel, Member

  • New Orleans Bar Association, Member

  • Federal Bar Association, Member

  • Louisiana State Law Institute – Tutorship Procedure Committee, Member


  • Best Lawyers in America, 2019-2022

  • Louisiana Super Lawyers, 2021-2022

  • Louisiana Super Lawyers "Rising Star," 2016-2019, 2021

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“I enjoy quality time with my family, running, and organizing events for my alumni association.”