The nature of my practice means that sometimes I’m defending clients against damage claims, and sometimes I’m claiming damages on their behalf. Having been on both sides of the table gives me a valuable perspective – no matter who I’m representing – on our opponent’s options, strategies, and concerns in any given lawsuit.
Marcelle helps admiralty and maritime companies resolve complex, high-stakes property damage and personal injury claims. Her experience on both sides of the table representing both vessel interests and marine terminal operators in collision and allision disputes allows her to guide transportation clients to practical and effective solutions. Marcelle also defends employers and vessel owners in Jones Act, § 905(b), and other personal injury claims. She has handled appeals and writs in state and federal courts.
For nearly 20 years, Marcelle has also represented insurers and insurance agents. She began her practice defending insurance agents in malpractice claims in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. Today, Marcelle provides coverage opinions to insurance companies and policy holders and represents them in both declaratory judgments and direct action lawsuits. She also assists agents facing professional liability allegations. She has handled numerous matters related to commercial general liability and homeowners’ policies, as well as auto, protection and indemnity, and marine general liability policies.
Marcelle believes that it is important to be practical in litigation. Occasionally, lawyers – and clients – lose sight of the broader implications and long-term effects of their cases: will victory in one lawsuit set precedent that will create other problems? Marcelle’s job is to see the big picture and present her clients with practical options to serve them well, both in this matter and well into the future.