Mark Lowe has more than three decades of complex litigation experience as lead counsel for major corporate clients in casualty, energy and business matters – in bench and jury trials, and at appeal, in both state and federal courts of Louisiana. He has defended hundreds of serious personal injury and wrongful death claims and enforced hundreds of contractual defense and indemnity provisions.
Clients in a variety of industry sectors, including maritime and oil and gas, rely on Mark's representation on issues such as personal injury, property damage, insurance coverage, products liability and contract disputes. In his energy practice, Mark has handled oilfield legacy disputes, downhole tool failures, vessel collisions, joint operating agreement disputes, mineral lease disputes, reservoir engineering and loss of production, as well as the decommissioning offshore platforms. Mark is experienced in Alternative Dispute Resolution and is a certified mediator under the Louisiana Mediation Act.
Here are examples of recent matters he has handled:
As a result of a liftboat accident, an employee of our client sued in a Jones Act claim. Mark and his team quickly identified the issues, questioned the witnesses and obtained the documents that would be needed. The case was remanded based on 30% Rule calculations, and briefs affirmed by the Fifth Circuit. Mark and his team then prevailed on summary judgments for all four clients he represented.
Mark represented an oil and gas client when it was sued because of a Plug & Abandon issue involving a well on which it had a surface/subsurface lease agreement. The plaintiff claimed it had a right to lease and wanted to move quickly on production but was delayed because the P&A was incomplete. The case was settled on very favorable terms.
In an environmental legacy case, our client had property in between two other properties of concern to adjoining landowners and the local school board. After deposing all of the plaintiffs and the experts over a two-week period, Mark assisted in obtaining a zero verdict.
After a helicopter crashed offshore, the pilot claimed that our client's wind gauge wasn't working on its platform. Mark argued that the plaintiff was outside the Zone of Danger when preparing to board and that our client was not responsible. Our client prevailed on summary judgment.
Mark - who is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States - is a former team leader of the firm’s Maritime, Oilfield and Insurance Section in Lafayette. He served two terms on the firm's board of directors, was the Lafayette office management liaison, and has been active in both the recruitment and development of new associates.