“Early and ongoing risk assessment is critical in a litigation practice. That assessment includes not only the facts as may be perceived by a judge or jury, but also rights afforded by contracts and insurance. My goal is to provide clients with a complete analysis to determine how best to protect their best interests.”
Tom Diaz is the head of the firm’s maritime and casualty practice, with his focus being on the energy sector. He assists domestic and overseas clients in civil litigation as well as state and federal regulatory matters. His clients are often U.S. corporations facing exposures arising from incidents in the Gulf of Mexico as well as onshore facilities along the Gulf coast and the Mississippi River.
Tom has practiced maritime law for over 30 years and has supported clients with their onshore and offshore investigations, regulatory compliance matters, and civil litigation following incidents such as
- Vessel collisions/allisions and vessel sinkings
- Accidents aboard exploration and production facilities
- Hydrocarbon releases both near shore and in deepwater
- Crane collapses and accidents at marine terminals and on MODUs
- Serious personal injuries and wrongful deaths
- Vessel seizures
In the course of such representations, he often interacts with representatives of OSHA, BSEE, the NTSB, and the Coast Guard, and he frequently provides advice on the rights of clients and their employees before these regulatory agencies. Tom and his team work cooperatively with regulators who often benefit from and appreciate the insights and expertise developed in the course of incident investigation.
That cooperation and information sharing also ensures, as best possible, that the regulatory record is complete in the event of any contested compliance findings. Being involved from the outset of an incident – as a member of Liskow’s Crisis and Emergency Response Team – also ensures that the firm’s broad experience in all aspects of the energy and maritime industry is brought to bear for the benefit of firm clients.