By Brenda Sapino Jeffreys
May 2, 2017
Strasburger & Price has opened an office in Beaumont with two lateral partners who do admiralty and maritime law.
“With our growing maritime practice, we needed the strength, resources and the diversity of a full-service law firm,” Freeman said.
James described Beaumont as the “epicenter of the maritime world in this region.” It is located within a 90-minute drive of four of the largest ports in the United States: Houston, Texas City and Beaumont/Port Arthur in Texas, and Lake Charles in Louisiana. Having an office in Beaumont, which is two hours east of Houston, will help Strasburger service its maritime clients, he said.
Freeman said their maritime practice includes litigation, primarily in courthouses in Jefferson, Galveston and Harris counties, and incident response, which often starts with a 2 a.m. phone call from a client reporting a ship on fire or sinking, or an injured worker. “We respond to those incidents all the way to Lake Charles from the Houston/Galveston area,” Freeman said. “For me, it makes my practice exciting.”
Strasburger managing partner Dan Butcher said the Beaumont office will help the firm serve clients and expand its maritime and energy practices along the Gulf Coast. He said the firm’s Houston office has a transportation industry focus, and “we’re excited about adding these particular lawyers.”
Freeman and James bring a number of clients including Higman Barge Lines, Canal Barge Co., Gulf Copper & Manufacturing Corp., UK P&I Club, The Standard P&I Club and AET Tankers.
In addition to the new Beaumont office, Strasburger has offices in Austin, Frisco, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio. Others are Mexico City, New York and Washington, D.C.
R. Lyn Stevens, a partner at Stevens Baldo, which has dropped Freeman’s name from its brand to become Stevens Baldo & Lighty, said Freeman and James’ practice is a good fit for Strasburger. “We are thrilled for them,” he said. “We hope they do well.”