J. Clifton Hall III
Experience
  • Lead trial counsel in five-week jury trial involving coverage for an offshore loss arising out of hurricane damage to oil field facilities. Issues included allocation of insurance coverage between COW and pollution policies.
  • Representation through district and appellate courts of Energy Package insurers in coverage litigation arising out of Macondo well blowout in Gulf of Mexico. Issues included application of various aspects of the Joint Venture Provision.
  • Representation of well owner/operator and its insurers in recovery action for $25 million in losses arising out of inadvertent firing of perforation gun during completion operations in an offshore well in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Represent Energy Package insurers in coverage dispute in Texas trial and appellate court arising out of Hurricane Ike. Issues involved scope of PD and COW coverage where limits were inadequate to cover loss sustained.
  • Represent various Energy Package insurers in non-litigious resolution of over $1 billion in claims resulting from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Handled claims of numerous assureds for PD and COW losses testing the boundaries of OEE/EED wordings.
  • After successful cross-examination at trial of plaintiff’s key witnesses, favorably resolved $250 million coverage dispute in Louisiana state court coverage action arising out of losses due to toppled offshore platform during Hurricane Rita. Coverage issues included the EED/OEE, Removal of Debris and Making Wells Safe provisions within the energy package policy.
  • Lead trial counsel in coverage dispute regarding significant losses ($50 million) to offshore oil facilities and coverage for properties acquired after policy inception. Resolved after trial.
  • Successful trial in Texas state court of a $40 million construction risk coverage dispute arising out of a loss at a cogeneration facility in the Dominican Republic.
  • Litigated to nominal settlement a $28 million coverage dispute in Texas state court arising out of political risk/contract frustration coverage for an oil field venture in Myanmar.
Education
  • Louisiana State University Paul Hebert School of Law, J.D., 1982
  • Drake University, B.A. Philosophy and English, 1978 (Outstanding Philosophy Student, Dean’s List)
  • Woodberry Forest School, Orange, Virginia
Admissions
  • Texas
  • Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern, Northern, and Western Districts of Texas
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Louisiana
Awards/Rankings
  • Chambers USA, Insurance, 2010-present
  • AV Preeminent Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2000-present
Memberships
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
  • American Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Association
  • Louisiana Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Life Fellow, Texas Law Foundation
  • Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board
  • Louisiana Association for Justice
  • The Maritime Law Association
Speaking Engagements
  • Energy Claims Panel – Loss of Production Income in the Wake of Hurricane Ivan, Houston Marine Insurance Seminar, 2005 (panel speaker)
  • So Your Platform Disappeared in the Hurricane, UT CLE 17th Annual Admiralty and Maritime Conference, 2008 (panel moderator)
  • Changing Roles in the Claims Process, Role of the Energy Claims Attorney: Litigation at All Costs?, Lillehammer Energy Claim Conference, 2008 (panel speaker)
  • Offshore Energy Coverages, Tulane Admiralty Institute, 2009
  • Settlement, Mediation, and Arbitration: Using Alternative Dispute Resolution to Avoid Costly and Damaging Litigation, American Conference Institute’s National Forum on Defending and Managing Admiralty & Maritime Litigation, 2012 (panel speaker)
  • Offshore Industry in the 21st Century: Practice, Procedure and Liability, The Maritime Law Association of the United States and the Iberoamerican Institute of Maritime Law, Fall Meeting of the MLA and 18th Congress of the IIDM, Continuing Legal Education and Academic Program, 2013 (panel speaker)
Publications
  • Offshore Energy Insurance, 83 Tulane Law Review 1304 (2009)