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William "Bill" Schwartz
Of Counsel, New Orleans
Hancock Whitney Center
701 Poydras Street
Suite 5000
New Orleans, Louisiana 70139


Bill Schwartz's practice consists primarily of litigation with a focus on admiralty and maritime matters. His experience includes personal injury defense, collision, charter parties, offshore energy matters, inland towing and insurance/indemnity issues. Bill regularly distributes content on maritime developments and he has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for his work in Personal Injury Litigation – Defense, Louisiana Super Lawyers for his work in Transportation/Marine and by New Orleans Magazine as one of their “Top Lawyers of New Orleans” for Admiralty and Maritime Law. 

Bill has trained with the American Arbitration Association and received certification as a mediator. This has expanded Bill’s practice to include alternative dispute resolution, with a focus on serving as a mediator to assist other attorneys and their clients with bringing closure to their litigation matters.

Bill is involved with several professional and community outreach organizations including Tour de Lis – an organization he co-founded to fund support and services for the local cancer community; A Child’s Wish of Louisiana – which grants wishes to terminally ill children; HELP – which was organized by federal Judge Jay Zainey to provide legal services to the homeless; and SOLACE – which was formed to assist legal professionals in need.

Bill moved down from St. Louis to New Orleans in 1972 to attend Tulane University. After graduating cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in history, he attended Tulane School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctor in 1979. Prior to joining Liskow, Bill was a partner at Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer.


  • CityBusiness Leadership in Law, Class of 2010 and 2015
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2011-Present
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers, 2012-Present
  • New Orleans Magazine's List of "Top Lawyers," 2016-Present




  • SOLACE (Support of Lawyers/Legal Personnel – All Concern Encouraged) program, participant (2005-present)
  • New Orleans Bar Association
    • Inn of Court
  • Federal Bar Association
    • Admiralty Law Committee
  • Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA)
    • Legal Forum Organization Committee


  • A Child’s Wish of Greater New Orleans, Inc.
    • Board of Directors (1988-present)
    • President (2013)
  • H.E.L.P. (Homeless Experience Legal Protection) Program, participant (2005-present)
  • Tour de Lis, Co-founder/Board of Directors (2006 – 2014)
  • YMCA “Home for the Holidays” Program, participant (1992-present)
  • Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, Budget Committee Member (1989-1993)
  • Woldenberg Village/Willow Wood, Board of Directors (1988-1995)


  • New Orleans Chapter of the American Society of Appraisers: "Letters of Engagement" - April 21, 2022
  • Loyola Maritime Law Journal Symposium: “Punitive Damages in the Wake of Batterton” - October 4, 2019
  • Maritime Risk Claim Solutions Seminar: “Let’s Get Legal” - October 25, 2018
  • Maritime Risk Claim Solutions Seminar: “Maritime Defense Attorney, What Do We Do Next?” - October 12, 2017
  • Maritime Risk Claim Solutions Seminar: “Marine Salvage Contracts and Marine Insurance” - October 13, 2016
  • Association of Corporate Counsel CLE: “A CLAIM! …And What To Do About It.” - May 5, 2016
  • 8th Annual Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA)/Tulane University School of Law Seminar – New Orleans: “Recent Developments in Maritime Law” - November 13, 2014
  • OMSA Legal Forum: “Customs Reporting in the Gulf” - 2008
  • NOBA Maritime Law CLE: “Cain v Transocean Offshore-Vessel Status” - 2008
  • Louisiana State Bar Association Law Day and Lawyers in the Classroom: “Negotiation, Mediation, Arbitration and Litigation” - 2010
  • BHBM 24th Annual Seminar for CPAs: “Electronic Discovery Under the New Federal Rules” - 2007
  • OMSA Legal Forum: “Vessel Collisions” - 2007
  • New Orleans Bar Association’s Procrastinators Seminar: “City, Municipal and Parish Courts” - 2006
  • Tulane School of Law 6th Federal Maritime Law Institute: “Status for Suit for Maritime Related Personal Injuries” - 1991
  • Litigation Seminar for Paralegals (Law Seminars, Inc.): “Discovery in Federal and State Court in Louisiana” - 1987