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Mark A. Lowe
Of Counsel, Lafayette
822 Harding Street
P.O. Box 52008
Lafayette, Louisiana 70503

Overview

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.

Experience

  • 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 are pending in the Fifth Circuit.

  • 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 favorably.

  • 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 obtained a zero verdict. 

  • After a helicopter crashed offshore, the plaintiff claimed that our client's wind gauge wasn't working on its platform.  Mark argued that the pilot was outside the Zone of Danger when preparing to board and that our client was not responsible.  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.

Representative Reported Cases:

  • Gaspard v. Amerada Hess Corp., 13 F.3d 165 (5th Cir. 1994)

  • Campbell v. Sonat Offshore Drilling, Inc., 979 F.2d 1115 (5th Cir. 1992), aff’d on other grounds, 27 F.3d 185 (5th Cir. 1994)

  • Rodrigue v. LeGros, 563 So. 2d 248 (La. 1990)

Involvement

Professional

  • Lafayette Parish Bar Association - Board of Directors, 1998 - 2004

  • Lafayette Parish, Louisiana State, American and Federal Bar Associations - Member

  • Maritime Law Association – Member

  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel - Member

  • Judge John M. Duhé Chapter of the American Inns of Court – Team Leader

Community

  • Lafayette Chamber of Commerce - Member

Recognition

  • Acadiana Profile “Top Lawyer” in Admiralty & Maritime Law, Environmental Law, 2017, 2018

  • LSU Law Center Hall of Fame 1987

 

Presentations

  • "The Strategic Use of Evidence," Lafayette Bar Administration Office, December 12, 2016

  • "LSU Law Center 2011 Recent Developments in Legislation & Jurisprudence—Appellate Practice," November 9, 2011, Lafayette, LA

  • “Professionalism,” Lafayette Parish Bar Association Bench - Bar Conference, September 1999 and October 2000

  • “Procedural and Evidentiary Tactics,” Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, January 1995 and 1996

  • Numerous in-house seminars and American Inns of Court presentations on contractual indemnity, maritime law and general litigation topics and tactics.

Publications

After Hours

Mark is active in his church and enjoys his three young grandchildren.  "And, I try to play golf."