Georges M. Legrand - Attorney at MBLB
Georges M. Legrand

Georges M. Legrand, Member

Member Georges Legrand, who is one of the firm founders, has more than 38 years of experience as a litigator. His practice focuses on defense of maritime personal injury and property damage claims on the river and offshore, as well as insurance, transportation, and contractual matters. Georges has litigated claims for clients ranging from international Fortune 500 companies and national insurers to local boat operators. As supported by the peer honors he has received, including Super Lawyers and New Orleans Magazine Top Lawyers, Georges has developed a reputation as one of the top attorneys in admiralty and maritime law and transportation.

Born and raised in New Orleans, as one of nine children Georges learned the value of conscientiousness and teamwork at an early age. He worked in the offshore boat industry during college, giving him insight into common issues that can arise from marine transportation. He is known for representing his clients with integrity and professionalism, and goes above and beyond to resolve their issues on the best possible terms. “Clients should be entitled to know that they are going to get a first-class work product. I am always prepared. Given the unexpected in the marine industry, I am available 24/7 to my clients and take the time to develop long-term relationships with them. Their business is important to me.”

Georges is active in his profession. He was a founder and served as Chairman of the Offshore Marine Service Association’s Industry Seminar for ten years. He has addressed maritime and casualty law seminars and made presentations to insurance and commercial clients on risk management, insurance coverage and contractual liability.

He believes that being a member of the community is an important part of his practice of law. He has been highly involved with his church and received the Order of St. Louis Medallion, awarded by the Archdiocese of New Orleans for outstanding service. He has also been a longtime volunteer in the Boys Scouts of America. In his spare time, he enjoys many activities with his wife and four children.

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association, Member; Past Vice Chair, Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee of the Torts and Insurance Practice Section
  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Member
  • Maritime Law Association, Member
  • Offshore Marine Service Association, Chairman, Legal Subcommittee (1995-2015)
  • Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, Member
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, Member
  • Louisiana Association of Self-Insured Employers, Member
  • Mariner’s Club Port of New Orleans, Member


  • Martindale-Hubbell AV-Preeminent (26 years)
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers – Transportation & Maritime (2014-2018)
  • New Orleans Magazine Top Lawyers – Admiralty and Maritime Law (2016, 2017)
  • New Orleans CityBusiness Leadership in Law (2007 and 2017)

Panels and Presentations

  • Founding Chairman/Moderator, Industry Seminar, Offshore Marine Service Association (2006-2015)
  • Presenter, “Marine Insurance Policies,” OMSA, Legal Forum, New Orleans (November 2008)
  • Presenter, U.S. Coast Guard Open Forum, New Orleans (November 2007)
  • Presenter, “Seaman Status,” OMSA Legal Forum, New Orleans (November 2006)
  • Presenter, “OSHA and the Marine Operator,” New Orleans (February 2002)
  • Presenter, “Investigating the Vessel Sinking,” Greater New Orleans Barge Fleeting Assoc. River & Marine Ind. (September 1995)
  • Presenter, “Employer/Employee Dispute Resolution,” Offshore Marine Service Association Seminar, New Orleans (March 1995)
  • Presenter, “Seaman Status,” Offshore Marine Service Association Seminar, New Orleans (March 1994)
  • Presenter, “Recent Court Decisions: An Update on the Maritime Law,” Greater New Orleans Barge Fleeting Assoc. River & Marine Ind. (September 1989)
  • Presenter, “Contractual Liability and Associated Risk,” Greater New Orleans Barge Fleeting Assoc. River & Marine Ind. (September 1985)


  • Fifth Circuit Symposium-Admiralty, 33 Loy. L. Rev. 535 (1987)

Civic and Community

  • Recipient of the Order of St. Louis Medallion (awarded by the Archdiocese of New Orleans for outstanding service to the church)
  • St. Catherine of Siena Church, Past Chairman of the Pastoral Council and service in multiple capacities
  • Usher’s Society, President
  • Boy Scouts of America, Assistant Scout Master

Representative Reported Cases

  • In Re Mid-South Towing Co., 418 F.3d 526, 2005 AMC 1894 (5th Cir. 2005)
  • Kersey v. American River Transp. Co., 353 F.Supp.2d 683 (E.D. La. 2004)
  • Williams v. Williams, 99-2156 (La. App. 4 Cir. 11/8/00), 774 So.2d 296
  • Tidewater Marine, Inc. v. Sanco Intern.,, 113 F.Supp.2d 987 (E.D. La. 2000)
  • Burchett v. Cargill, Inc., 48 F.3d 173 (5th Cir. 1995)
  • Brue v. Riverway Co., 94-185 (La. App. 5 Cir 9/27/94), 643 So.2d 1312
  • Tarver v. Eckstein Marine Serv., 93-796 (La. App 5 Cir. 2/23/94), 633 So.2d 764
  • Resler v. Sub Sea Int’l, Inc., 624 So.2d 764 (La. App 4 Cir. 1993)
  • In re Cooper/T-Smith, et al, 929 F.2d 1073 (5th Cir. 1991)
  • Bourgeois v. Puerto Rican Marine Mgmt., Inc., 589 So.2d 1226 (La. App 4 Cir 1991)
  • Giroir v. Theriot, 513 So.2d 1166 (La. 1987)
  • Book v. Nordrill, Inc., 826 F.2d 1457 (5th Cir. 1987)
  • Wright v. Ocean Drilling and Exploration Co., 461 So.2d 1084 (La. App 4 Cir. 1984)
  • Delatte v. Roome, 432 So.2d 914 (La. App 1 Cir. 1983)
  • Benjamin v. United States Steel Corp., 396 So.2d 332 (La. App 4 Cir. 1981)
  • Guedry v. Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co., 392 So.2d 165 (La. App 1 Cir. 1981)

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