Joshua S. Force

Member

Mr. Force practices in the areas of commercial litigation, admiralty, and complex insurance defense and coverage law and has represented clients at both the trial and appellate levels. Mr. Force is admitted to practice in Louisiana, Texas, and California and has practiced with law firms in each of those states. Mr. Force is an active member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, having served on its Board of Directors and as Chair of the MLA's Practice and Procedure and Young Lawyers Committees. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Benedict on Admiralty, a former Managing Editor of Benedict's Maritime Bulletin, an Editorial Fellow for the American Maritime Cases, and a member of the Planning Committee and National Advisory Board of the Tulane Admiralty Law Institute.  Mr. Force is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law at Tulane Law School and teaches a course in Marine Pollution.  Mr. Force received his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Haverford College. Upon graduating from law school, Mr. Force served as a law clerk to the Honorable W. Eugene Davis of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

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Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Admiralty
  • Complex Insurance Defense
  • Coverage Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1991
  • Louisiana, 1992
  • California, 1995
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 2009

Education

  • Harvard University Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • J.D. - 1991
    • Honors: Addison Brown Prize
    • Law Review: Harvard International Law Journal, 1989-1991, Recent Developments Editor, 1990-1991
  • Haverford College, Haverford, PA
    • B.A. - 1988
    • Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    • Major: Russian (With Honors)

Contact Information

Location:
New Orleans, Louisiana
Phone:
504-299-2130
Fax:
504-299-2330
Email:

Classes/Seminars

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Tulane University School of Law, 2017 - Present
  • Adjunct Associate Professor of Law, Tulane University School of Law, 2014 - 2017
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law, Tulane University School of Law, 2010 - 2014
  • Adjunct Lecturer in Law, Tulane University School of Law, 2007 - 2010
  • Adjunct Lecturer in Law, Marine Pollution, Tulane University School of Law, 2004, 2007
  • “General Principles of Indemnity and Contribution Under the General Maritime Law of the United States: Charter Parties and Other Maritime Contracts,” Tulane-Oslo-Southampton Colloquium on “Indemnities, Recourse and Collaterals in Chartering,” October 2-3, 2012, Oslo, Norway
  • “Marine Pollution,” Tulane Maritime Law Smorgasbord, December 10-11, 2009
  • “State Attachment and Garnishment Procedures in Maritime Matters,” Pacific Admiralty Seminar, The Bar Association of San Francisco, California, October 6, 2006
  • “The Preemption Doctrine and Maritime Law,” 20th New Orleans Fall Maritime Law Seminar, Tulane Law School, October 18, 2002
  • “High Court Reviews Death from Boat Propeller,” NPR Radio Interview, October 15, 2002
  • “Ship Arrest and Attachment in the U.S.,” Ship Arrest Seminar, Lloyd's List Events, Lloyd's Maritime Training Programme, 2001
  • “Allocation and Trigger in the Context of Long-Tail Litigation,” Insurance Law in Louisiana, Lorman Education Series, 2000
  • “'Default Remedies,' Evictions: Residential and Commercial in Louisiana”, Lorman Education Series, 2000
  • “Recent Developments in Marine Insurance Law,” Maritime Law Association, Fall Meeting, October 14,1999

Honors and Awards

  • Louisiana Super Lawyers, 2008 - 2017
  • Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America, 2014, 2016, 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America since 2008 with special designations, during 2017 or a prior year, in Admiralty and Maritime Law, Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Litigation - Banking and Finance, Litigation - Real Estate, Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs, 2008 - 2017
  • CityBusiness Leadership in Law Honoree, 2014
  • Anne Goldsmith Hanaw and J. Jerome Hanaw Tikkun Olam Award for Campaign Excellence, 2011, Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans
  • Daniel R. Ginsberg Leadership Award, 2008, Anti-Defamation League
  • Margot and Herbert J. Garon Young Leadership Award, 2007, Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans
  • Barney D. Mintz Leadership Award, 2005, Anti-Defamation League, South Central Region

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Maritime Law Association of the United States, 1994 - Present
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States, Board of Directors, 2009 - 2012
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States, Marine Insurance and General Average Committee, Secretary, 1998 - 2004
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States, Practice and Procedure Committee, Chair, 2008 - 2012, Vice Chair, 2004 - 2008
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States, Young Lawyers Committee, Chair, 2001- 2003, Secretary, 1999-2001
  • Tulane Admiralty Law Institute, National Advisory Board 2005 - Present; Planning and Program Committees, 2007 - Present
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, 1993 - Present
  • Houston Mariners Club, 1993 - Present
  • American Maritime Cases, Editorial Fellow, 1999 - Present
  • Benedict on Admiralty, Editor-in-Chief, 2012 – Present
  • Benedict's Maritime Bulletin, Editorial Board, 2003 – 2012; Managing Editor, 2009 – 2012

Past Employment Positions

  • Hancock Rothert & Bunshoft, LLP, Partner, 1999 - 2000
  • Hancock Rothert & Bunshoft, LLP, Associate, 1997 - 1998
  • Lane Powell Spears Lubersky LLP, Associate, 1995 - 1997
  • Vinson & Elkins L.L.P., Associate, 1992 - 1995
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Hon. W. Eugene Davis, Law Clerk, 1991 - 1992

Published Works

  • Deepwater Horizon: Removal Costs, Civil Damages, Crimes, Civil Penalties and State Remedies in Oil Spill Cases, 85 Tul. L. Rev. 889 (2011) (with Profs. Robert Force and Martin Davies)
  • State Attachment and Garnishment Procedures in Maritime Matters: A Primer, 20 U.S.F. Mar. L.J. 1 (2007-2008)
  • Sprietsma v. Mercury Marine: The Supreme Court Misses the Boat on Maritime Preemption, 27 Tul. Mar. L.J. 389 (2003)