Darnell Bludworth

Member

Born in Houston, Texas, on August 28, 1963, Darnell Bludworth is a Member of the firm. She obtained her B.A. degree from Loyola University and obtained her J.D. degree from Tulane University School of Law in May, 1988, graduating magna cum laude. Ms. Bludworth is a member of both the Order of the Coif and the Order of the Barristers. She was a member of the Moot Court Board at Tulane and was selected as the brief writer for the F. Lee Bailey Appellate Competition Team for the year 1987-1988.

Ms. Bludworth was admitted to the Louisiana State Bar in 1988 and the Texas State Bar in 1994. She is also admitted to practice before all federal district courts in Louisiana as well as the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Southern and Northern Districts of Texas and United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits. She was an Adjunct Professor of Law, Trial Advocacy, at Tulane University School of Law from 1999 to 2005. Ms. Bludworth is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, The Federal Bar Association, the New Orleans Bar Association, the Maritime Law Association of the United States and the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute. Ms. Bludworth litigates various commercial disputes including maritime matters, insurance issues, products liability matters and construction disputes. She also has an active appellate practice.

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Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Disputes
  • Maritime Matters
  • Insurance Issues
  • Products Liability

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1988
  • Texas, 1994
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1993

Education

  • Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • J.D. (Magna Cum Laude) - 1988
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
    • Honors: Order of Barristers
    • Honors: Moot Court Board, 1986-1988
  • Loyola University, New Orleans, LA
    • B.A. - 1985
    • Major: Philosophy

Contact Information

Location:
New Orleans, Louisiana
Phone:
504-299-2114
Fax:
504-299-2314
Email:

Representative Cases

Classes/Seminars

  • Adjunct Trial Advocacy Faculty, Tulane Law School, 1999 - 2005
  • Litigating Bad Faith Insurance Claims: The Plaintiff’s Side of the Table, National Business , 2010 - Present
  • Trying the Bad Faith Insurance Case: A Requiem on Hurricane Losses, 2009 ABA Insurance Litigation Committee

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America since 2012 with special designations, during 2015 or a prior year, in Litigation – Construction, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, 2012 – 2017
  • Recipient Moot Court Junior Writing Award
  • Brief Writer and Oralist, F. Lee Bailey Appellate Competition (Recipient Best Brief Award)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Member, 1988 - Present
  • New Orleans Bar Association, Member
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States, Proctor, 1989 - Present
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, Member, 1990 - Present
  • New Orleans Association for Women Attorneys, Member, 1989 - Present
  • Women's International Shipping & Trading Association, Member, 1999 - Present

Published Works

  • The Status and Evolution of First-Party Property Insurance Bad Faith Claims After Hurricane Katrina, 62, Loy. L. Rev. 25, 2016
  • Product Liability Desk Reference: A Fifty State Compendium, Editor of the Louisiana Chapter, 2015