WILLIAM A. DURHAM

PARTNER

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WILLIAM A. DURHAM

PARTNER

email: durham@easthamlaw.com

phone: (713) 225-0905

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Mr. Durham is the firm’s Managing Partner and has a litigation practice specializing in commercial and non-personal injury maritime matters.  He has overseen the Firm’s legal response in multiple emergency response maritime casualty cases over almost four decades of law practice. He has also been lead counsel in numerous trials in both Texas and Federal Court as well as arbitrations under Houston Maritime Arbitration Association, Society of Marine Arbitrators and American Association of Arbitration. He has also been lead counsel in numerous trials in both Texas state court and federal court, as well as arbitrations before the Houston Maritime Arbitration Association, Society of Marine Arbitrators and American Association of Arbitration.

SELECTED TRIALS

OMI Trent Transportation v. Marine Inland Transportation Company, C.A. No. 00-cv-01341, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division. – Collision in Sabine River.

Allianz Versicherung v. Profreight Brokers, Inc., C.A. No. 00-cv-2332, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division. – Cargo damage and limitations.

New Amity Shipping Inc. v. M/V CARSON, C.A. No. 01-cv-3315, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division. – Collision in the area of Barbour’s Cut.

Stolt Achievement LTD. v. Dredge B. E. LINDHOLM, C.A. No. 02-cv-4024, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division. – Collision in the Houston Ship Channel in Galveston Bay.

Ferrostaal, Inc. v. M/V HAKUFU, C.A. No. 03-cv-00297, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division. – Cargo damage to steel products.

Jumbo Navigation NV v. M. P. Zarat Limited, C.A. No. 05-cv-4102, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division. – Booking contract dispute.

Houston Refining L.P. v. World Car Carriers, Inc., C.A. No. 06-cv-1152, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division. – Damages from an allision.

Baltic Captain Shipping Company Limited v. Blessey Enterprises, Inc., C.A. No. 06-cv-02499, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division. – Embarrassment of navigation and salvage.

Air Products and Chemicals v. Odfjell Seachem, C.A. No. 01-08-00591-CV, First Court of Appeals, Texas, A/S, 305 S.W. 3d 87 [Tex App – Houston (1 Dist.) 2009] – Cargo contamination claim.

Port Isabel-San Benito Navigation District v. Vulcan Construction Materials, LP, 2010-DCL-04376, 444th Judicial District, Cameron County, Texas – Dock collapse.

REPRESENTATIVE ARBITRATION PROCEEDINGS

In the Matter of Gulf Drilling/Crest Petroleum—American Arbitration Association—Contract dispute for drilling rig refurbishment.

In the Matter of Taira Lynn Inc./Seariver—Houston Maritime Arbitration Association—Dispute on repair and pollution response costs.

In the Matter of M/T TRADEWIND MOON—Houston Maritime Arbitration Association—Cargo contamination.

PRACTICE AREAS

 

  • Admiralty & Maritime
  • Business & Commercial Litigation
  • Environmental  & Toxic Tort
  • Arbitration
  • Appellate
EDUCATION
  • University of Houston, J.D., 1981 (with honors)
  • Texas A&M University, B.A., 1978 (with honors)
BAR/COURT ADMISSIONS
  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Texas Supreme Court and all lower Texas courts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States (Proctor Member)
  • Houston Maritime Arbitration Association (Certified Arbitrator)
  • Order of the Barons