Wilton E. Bland, IV, Member
Member Will Bland’s practice includes the defense of employers and insurance carriers for claims arising under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, Defense Base Act, and War Hazards Compensation Act. He also specializes in maritime personal injury defense, insurance coverage and asbestos litigation.
Will is known to be analytical and strategic in his approach to aggressively defending a claim through to resolution, paying attention to even the smallest detail and turning things around in a timely manner. He is highly personable and prides himself on his responsiveness to his clients’ needs. “I am more than willing to answer any question my client has, even if it is not related to the matter at hand. I am always available to address any concerns.”
Will has experience working in federal government, which gives him a unique understanding of the legislative process and is an added benefit for his clients. After college, he worked in the U.S. House of Representatives, first on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, then as a Legislative Assistant for a Congressman from Alabama. He then received an appointment from President George W. Bush to a position in the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Will is a native of New Orleans.
- Member, Louisiana Bar Association
- Member, Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
- Member, Federal Bar Association
- Member, DOL-Joint Bar Association
- Member, Defense Research Institute
- Member, Maritime Law Association of the United States
- Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch – Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers (2023, 2024)
Articles by Wilton E. Bland, IV
- U.S. Court has Personal Jurisdiction Over Foreign Ship Management Company -
- U.S. Supreme Court: Punitive Damages Not Available to Plaintiff in Unseaworthiness Claim -
- Fifth Circuit: Offshore Supply Vessel Faces Liability for “Towing Vessel” Classification -
- Fifth Circuit Defines Scope of Vessel Liability Under Oil Pollution Act of 1990 -
- DOL Clarifies Requirements for Coverage of Psychiatric Injury Claims Under War Hazards Compensation Act -