At Lapeze & Johns, our clients are our Gulf Coast neighbors, not case numbers. The Houston, Texas maritime lawyers personally know every client by name, and ensure that there is always an open line of communication.
The Gulf Coast Maritime Lawyers at Lapeze & Johns do not receive a penny until their clients have been paid. Our interests are directly related with our clients’ interests at all times.
Keith and Chris’ combined track record of over 30 years as trial lawyers have earned them an excellent reputation throughout Houston, Texas, and the Gulf Coast.
Our first priority when we take on a case is to put your mind at rest. Medical care should be your number one priority, instead of worrying about how an injury may affect your career. Job security and claims against your employer are stressful considerations. When you contact our office, we talk through all your concerns and find the solutions you and your family need.
Maritime injury laws are different for seamen, who work as part of crew or are captain of a vessel, as well as anyone else who works on/near the water. There is no administrative body to handle your maritime injury claim if you are a seaman. All claims under maritime law must be filed in state or federal court. A lawsuit is the only way to reserve your right for injury compensation. In many ways, maritime injury claims can provide more compensation than traditional workers’ compensation claims.
Seamen are entitled to sue employers and owners of vessels for damages and receive “maintenance and cure” regardless of liability. Only a seasoned Gulf Coast maritime lawyer can help you through the legal and procedural complexities you will face when seeking compensation.
Our Gulf Coast Maritime Attorneys have a proven track record in state and federal courts of successful verdicts, judgments, and settlements for offshore workers and their families throughout Texas, Louisiana, and the Gulf Coast. We’ve represented hundreds of offshore workers and longshoremen. Our range of cases extends from crew boats and dredges to jack-up and semi-submersible drilling rigs. With more than 20 years of experience in maritime law, our firm has a reputation for success among boat companies, drilling companies, insurance companies, and their lawyers.
Securing representation at Lapeze & Johns gives you access to all our attorneys’ expertise. You will benefit from the full spectrum of experience our firm has to offer. We have a background in Jones Act and Longshore claims, Death on the High Seas Act (DOHSA) claims, Limitation of Liability proceedings, and the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90) claims.
We understand the causes of accidents on board maritime vessels and how they could have been prevented.
Lapeze & Johns operates under the rigid philosophy that our clients deserve honest and straight-forward advice. We deliver a full picture of the case every step of the way so you can handle your circumstances and make informed decisions. Our number one goal is to help you and your family get back on track.
We work tirelessly for our clients to protect their rights and maximize their compensation, but our representation doesn’t stop with legal consultation and trial considerations. We handle all employer and insurance adjuster communications so you and your family can focus on recovery.
Every case we take is prepared as though it is going to trial. We investigate, talk to witnesses, secure documents and evidence, and consult premier maritime industry and medical experts. You can rest easy knowing our thorough approach will cover all the bases.
Contact our office now for a free case evaluation for your Houston, Texas, or Gulf Coast maritime injury case.
"I just wanted to say thank you Chris for everything you did for us. You went above and beyond anything I expected. Thank you with my whole heart. You showed that my dad was right and that was most important. Thanks again, and God bless you Chris."Read More
Prior to forming Lapeze & Johns with his friend Keith Lapeze in 2014, Chris worked for over 10 years as a trial lawyer for one of the most successful plaintiff attorneys in the country. Prior to that, he worked for two of the nation’s largest and most prestigious corporate defense firms, where he defended companies in all areas of civil litigation, in both state and federal court. View Full Profile
Over the last ten years, Keith Lapeze has built a successful and active commercial, environmental and tort litigation practice in state and federal courts. He has represented clients on appeals and argued cases before the United States Fifth Circuit View Full Profile