Daniel J. Hoerner - Attorney at MBLB
Daniel J. Hoerner

Daniel J. Hoerner, Member

Member Dan Hoerner anchors the firm’s Lafayette, Louisiana office. He has been with Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett since it was founded in 1997 and practiced with the firm’s founders for five years prior to that. His practice is primarily litigation-based, with emphasis on admiralty and maritime law, general casualty and insurance defense, personal injury defense, property damage claims, employer and premises liability, and contract negotiations and disputes. He has successfully represented his clients, which include companies in the insurance, shipping, and transportation industries, in state and federal district and appellate courts and before various governmental agencies.

As supported by his Super Lawyers and The Best Lawyers in America peer honors, Dan has developed a reputation as a skilled litigation attorney, who maintains the highest standards of professionalism, qualities that have attributed to him being widely recognized as one of the top litigators in the transportation and maritime industries. He is known for his goal-oriented approach to litigation. “I have a depth of experience in the areas of law in which I practice and have honed my litigation skills to enable me to resolve my clients’ cases favorably and efficiently.”

He is currently admitted to practice in all Louisiana state and federal courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. Dan is also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts Arkansas. He has obtained special temporary admission before courts in numerous other states from coast to coast.

Dan is a regular contributing writer for WorkBoat Magazine’s Legal Talk column and has presented at various maritime and insurance industry events over the years.

In his personal time, Dan enjoys traveling, reading, cycling and other outdoor activities. He lives in Lafayette, Louisiana, with his wife.

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Member
  • Lafayette Bar Association, Member
  • American Inn of Court of Acadiana, Member
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, Member
  • Propeller Club, Port of New Orleans, Member (1998–Present); Past Member of the Board of Governors


  • Best Lawyers: Admiralty & Maritime Law (2021-2024)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
  • Super Lawyers – Transportation/Maritime (2013-2020, 2022)
  • New Orleans Magazine Top Lawyers – Admiralty & Maritime Law, Transportation Law (2022)

Panels and Presentations

  • Presenter at various marine and insurance industry programs
  • Presenter at the International WorkBoat Show
  • Presenter at CNA Insurance in-house legal education seminars
  • Presenter for Inns of Court CLE presentations


  • Regular contributing writer for WorkBoat Magazine’s Legal Talk column
  • “Vessel Owner’s Recovery Limited by Doctrine of Constructive Total Loss,” WorkBoat Magazine (March 2012)
  • “Pollution Incident Leads to Criminal Charges,” WorkBoat Magazine (January 2012)
  • “The CG-2692; Be Careful What You Say and How You Say It,” WorkBoat Magazine (October 2011)
  • “Non-Signatory to Contract Bound By Arbitration Clause,” WorkBoat Magazine(July 2011)
  • “A Look at the Lookout Rule,” WorkBoat Magazine (April 2011)
  • “OSHA Violation is Negligence Per Se,” WorkBoat Magazine (January 2011)
  • “Maritime Laws Under Attack in Wake of Oil Spill Disaster,” WorkBoat Magazine(October 2010)
  • “Complex Legal Issues Flow From Oil Spill Disaster,” WorkBoat Magazine (July 2010)
  • “Keeping Good Witness Statement From Going Bad,” WorkBoat Magazine (April 2010)
  • “The Role of the Expert Witness,” WorkBoat Magazine (December 2009)
  • “Denial of Maintenance and Cure Results in Large Punitive Damage Award,” WorkBoat Magazine (September 2009)
  • “Vessel Owner Exonerated by Divine Intervention,” WorkBoat Magazine (June 2009)
  • “Mutual Fault When Vessel Strikes Unit Platform,” WorkBoat Magazine (March 2009)

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