“I pride myself as the guy who can figure out what happened. When I’m on a platform during an investigation, I’m constantly getting a feel for and thinking ahead to what a jury will need to understand. In effect, I’m a translator.”
Michael Golemi is a trial and appeals lawyer who focuses on helping Texas and Louisiana marine and energy clients facing disputes involving maritime, casualty, toxic tort, insurance coverage, and products liability disputes. Michael began his practice more than 20 years ago when he joined Liskow’s Maritime Litigation practice group in New Orleans. In 2004, Michael moved to Texas to establish the firm’s Houston office and lead the firm’s Texas Maritime practice. Michael currently serves on the firm’s Board of Directors and is Head of the Houston Office.
Michael has handled several multi-million dollar maritime property damage claims as both claimant and defendant, and he has defended numerous death and serious personal injury cases offshore and onshore involving the Jones Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA), and state workers’ compensation statutes. Michael was extensively involved in handling issues arising under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 as a result of the Deepwater Horizon Incident.
In addition to his marine and energy casualty practice, Michael’s litigation experience includes all types and sizes of disputes involving contracts, such as failure to pay claims, defense and indemnity obligations, and insurance coverage, and he has favorably resolved professional employment and non-competition disputes for labor and employment clients. In addition to his litigation practice, Michael has helped clients with review and drafting of oilfield contracts, focusing on complex indemnity and insurance issues. He also at times advises clients on day-to-day employment law issues arising in the operation of their businesses.
Michael is involved in many industry organizations and events that impact and support the Houston market and the maritime industry. Michael serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Association of Defense Counsel and is the Vice-Chairman of the Legislative Committee. He is also a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, the Houston Mariners Club, and an Associate Member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States. Michael also regularly presents to the industry on maritime developments and hot topics.
Lead trial counsel for marine client that was involved in multi-party, multi-vessel fleeting incident that resulted in a Jones Act seaman’s personal injuries. Client’s Complaint for Exoneration From and Limitation of Liability was granted, exonerating the client and dismissing all claims against the client with prejudice.
“Michael Golemi handles a broad variety of shipping litigation including marine casualties, product liability and insurance coverage disputes. He is particularly noted for his representation of energy companies in maritime matters.” – Chambers USA Review, 2022
Michael serves on the Board of Directors for the Texas Association of Defense Counsel.