Pierce C. Azuma

Associate Pierce C. Azuma’s practice focuses on the defense of international and national companies and insurance carriers in claims arising under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, Defense Base Act, Jones Act, War Hazards Compensation Act, and Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Act. Pierce is also skilled in maritime personal injury defense, insurance coverage disputes, and workers’ compensation subrogation and recovery. He has successfully represented clients in all state and federal courts in Louisiana as well as before the United States Department of Labor.

Pierce served a two-year federal clerkship with the Honorable Clement J. Kennington, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Administrative Law Judges (OALJ), assisting with the adjudication of the types of claims he now works on for the defense. This experience has given him specific insight into how these matters are handled at the OALJ level, an advantage for his clients. “Through this experience, I am able to bring a unique perspective about how a judge would look at a claim and evaluate the issues.”

During his federal clerkship he handled claims involving the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, Defense Base Act, Surface Transportation Assistance Act, Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century, Federal Railroad Safety Act, and Seaman’s Protection Act, as well as immigration appeals of Temporary Labor Certification and Permanent Alien Labor Certification applications. While at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, Pierce served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Ivan L.R. Lemelle, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, for his final three semesters.

CONTACT

Work: (504) 595-3000
pazuma@mblb.com
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AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Defense of international and national insurance companies and carriers under Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, Defense Base Act, Jones Act, War Hazards Compensation Act, and Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Act
  • Maritime personal injury defense
  • Insurance coverage litigation
  • Workers’ compensation subrogation and recovery

EDUCATION

  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law (J.D., 2011)
  • Tulane University, New Orleans (B.A., 2006)

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • Louisiana
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • United Stated District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
  • United States District Court, Western District of Louisiana

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • DOL Joint Bar Association, Member
  • Thomas More Inn of Court, Associate Member
  • New Orleans Bar Association Inn of Court, Member
  • New Orleans Bar Association, Member
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Member

RECOGNITION

  • LaNasa-Greco Foundation Scholarship, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

PANELS AND PRESENTATIONS

  • Panelist, “Are You As Smart As a Law Student?,” Ethics CLE, New Orleans Bar Association Inn of Court (March 12, 2010)
  • Presenter, “Will High Tech Meet High Touch?” Ethics CLE, St. Thomas More Inn of Court, (October 19, 2010)

PUBLICATIONS

  • “The Prospects and Challenges of Educational Reform for Latino Undocumented Children: An Essay Examining Alabama’s H.B. 56 and Other State Immigration Measures,” 6 FIU L. Rev. 231 (Spring 2011)
  • Loyola Journal of Public Interest Law, Member (April 2010-May 2011)

CIVIC

  • Young Leadership Council, Member
  • Bernard Project, Former Volunteer (rebuilt homes damaged by Hurricane Katrina in Chalmette, LA)
  • College Admissions Project, Former Volunteer (assisted low-income public high school students at O. Perry Walker High School in New Orleans, LA applying to and preparing for college)

SPECIAL EXPERIENCE

  • Clerk, Honorable Clement J. Kennington, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Administrative Law Judges
  • Judicial Extern, Honorable Ivan L.R. Lemelle, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana

 

Pierce Azuma
Pierce C. Azuma’s practice focuses on the defense of international and national companies and insurance carriers for claims arising under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, Defense Base Act, Jones Act, War Hazards Compensation Act, and Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Act. Pierce served a two-year federal clerkship with the Honorable Clement J. Kennington, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Administrative Law Judges (OALJ), assisting with the adjudication of the types of claims he now works on for the defense. “Through this experience, I am able to bring a unique perspective about how a judge would look at a claim and evaluate the issues.” Contact Pierce at (504) 595-3000 or pazuma@mblb.com.
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