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Joshua S. Force - New Orleans, LA

909 Poydras StreetSuite 2800 New Orleans, LA 70112

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Updated: 03/07/2024

New Orleans Commercial Litigation Lawyer


Mr. Force practices in the areas of commercial litigation, admiralty, and complex insurance defense and coverage law and has represented clients at both the trial and appellate levels. Mr. Force is admitted to practice in Louisiana, Texas, and California and has practiced with law firms in each of those states. Mr. Force is a member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, having served on its Board of Directors and as Chair of the MLA's Practice and Procedure and Young Lawyers Committees. He is the Editor-in-Chief of Benedict on Admiralty and Benedict's Maritime Bulletin, and the Secretary/Treasurer of the Tulane Admiralty Law Institute as well as a member of its Program and Planning Committees and National Advisory Board. Mr. Force is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Tulane Law School and teaches a course in Marine Pollution. Mr. Force received his Juris Doctor degree from Harvard Law School and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Haverford College. Upon graduating from law school, Mr. Force served as a law clerk to the Honorable W. Eugene Davis of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

About Joshua S. Force

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Member

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Admiralty
  • Complex Insurance Defense
  • Coverage Law


  • 100%

Representative Cases

  • Big Tyme Investments, L.L.C. v. Edwards, 985 F.3d 456 (App. 5th Cir. 2021)
  • Cangelosi v. Edwards, WL 6449111 (E.D. La. 2020)
  • 910 E Main LLC v. Edwards, 481 F.Supp.3d 607 (W.D. La. 2020)
  • Spell v. Edwards, 962 F.3d 175 (App. 5th Cir. 2020)
  • Texas Brine Company, L.L.C. v. American Arbitration Association, Incorporated, 955 F.3d 482 (App. 5th Cir. 2020)
  • Violet Dock Port Inc., LLC v. Heaphy, WL 6307945 (E.D. La. 2019)
  • Veritext Corporation v. Bonin, 901 F.3d 287 (5th Cir. 2018)
  • St. Bernard Port, Harbor & Terminal District v. Violet Dock Port, Inc., LLC, 239 So.3d 243 (La. 2018)
  • City of Walker v. Louisiana through Department of Transportation and Development, 877 F.3d 563 (La. 2017)
  • City of Walker v. Louisiana through Department of Transportation and Development, WL 3431922 (M.D. La. 2017)
  • Cedar Lodge Plantation, L.L.C. v. CSHV Fairway View I, L.L.C., 768 F.3d 425 (App. 5th Cir. 2014)
  • Jackson v. City of New Orleans, 144 So.3d 876 (La. 2014)
  • Offshore Service Vessels, L.L.C. v. Surf Subsea, Inc., WL 5183557 (E.D. La. 2012)
  • Public Citizen Inc. v. Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Bd., 632 F.3d 212 (App. 5th Cir. 2011)
  • Morrell v. Alfortish, WL 4668429 (E.D. La. 2010)
  • Versai Management Corp. v. Clarendon America Ins. Co., 597 F.2d 729, 2010, 5th Cir.
  • Morrell v. Alfortish, No. 10-924, WL 4668429, 2010, E.D. La.
  • Safety Nat'l Cas. Corp. v. Certain Underwriters at Loyd's, London, 587 F.3d 714, 2009, 5th Cir.
  • Canal 66 Partnership v. United States, 87 Fed. Cl. 722, 2009
  • Jeansonne v. New York Life Ins., 11 So. 3d 1160, 2009, La. App. 3 Cir.
  • Doe v. Tangipahoa Parish School Board, 494 F.3d 494, 2007, 5th Cir.
  • Poteet v. American Bankers Insurance Co., WL 3124699, 2007, E.D.La
  • Travelers Cas. & Sur. Co. of America v. Wright Ins. Agency Inc., 404 F.3d 927, 2005, 5th Cir.
  • LaSalle Bank, N.A. v. Mobile Hotel Properties, LLC, 367 F. Supp. 2d 1022, 2004, E.D. La.
  • Gravolet v. Fair Grounds Corp., 878 So. 2d 900, 2004, La. App. 4 Cir.
  • Warn v. M/Y MARIDOME, 169 F.3d 625, 1999, 9th Cir.
  • Warn v. M/Y MARIDOME, 961 F.Supp. 1357, 1997, S.D. Cal.
  • Lecy v. Bayliner Marine Corp., 973 P.2d 1110, 94 Wash.App. 949, 1999, Wash. Ct. App.
  • Bender Shipbuilding & Repair Co. v. Vessel DRIVE OCEAN V, 2000 A.M.C. 1958, 1998, S.D. Cal.


Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1991
  • Louisiana, 1992
  • California, 1995
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1995
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1992
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1995
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1996
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2007
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit, 2009

Other Affiliations

  • Certificate in Civil/Commercial & Employment Mediation Training, Mediation Institute, 2017
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States, 1994 - Present
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States, 2009 - 2012 (Board of Directors)
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States, Marine Insurance and General Average Committee, Secretary, 1998 - 2004
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States, Practice and Procedure Committee, Chair, 2008 - 2012, Vice Chair, 2004 - 2008
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States, Young Lawyers Committee, Chair, 2001- 2003, Secretary, 1999-2001
  • Tulane Admiralty Law Institute, National Advisory Board 2005 - Present; Planning and Program Committees, 2007 - Present; Secretary/Treasurer, 2014 - Present
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, 1993 - Present
  • Houston Mariners Club, 1993 - 2008
  • American Maritime Cases, Editorial Fellow, 1999 - 2017
  • Benedict on Admiralty, Editor-in-Chief, 2012 – Present
  • Benedict's Maritime Bulletin, Editorial Board, 2003 – 2012; Managing Editor, 2009 – 2012, Editor-in-Chief, 2012 - Present

Classes and Seminars

  • Adjunct Professor of Law, Tulane University School of Law, 2017 - Present
  • Adjunct Associate Professor of Law, Tulane University School of Law, 2014 - 2017
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law, Tulane University School of Law, 2010 - 2014
  • Adjunct Lecturer in Law, Tulane University School of Law, 2007 - 2010
  • Adjunct Lecturer in Law, Marine Pollution, Tulane University School of Law, 2004, 2007
  • “Evolution of Marine Pollution Law, 1966-2016,” Tulane Admiralty Law Institute, October 28, 2016
  • “General Principles of Indemnity and Contribution Under the General Maritime Law of the United States: Charter Parties and Other Maritime Contracts,” Tulane-Oslo-Southampton Colloquium on “Indemnities, Recourse and Collaterals in Chartering,” October 2-3, 2012, Oslo, Norway
  • “Marine Pollution,” Tulane Maritime Law Smorgasbord, December 10-11, 2009
  • “State Attachment and Garnishment Procedures in Maritime Matters,” Pacific Admiralty Seminar, The Bar Association of San Francisco, California, October 6, 2006
  • “The Preemption Doctrine and Maritime Law,” 20th New Orleans Fall Maritime Law Seminar, Tulane Law School, October 18, 2002
  • “High Court Reviews Death from Boat Propeller,” NPR Radio Interview, October 15, 2002
  • “Ship Arrest and Attachment in the U.S.,” Ship Arrest Seminar, Lloyd's List Events, Lloyd's Maritime Training Programme, 2001
  • “Allocation and Trigger in the Context of Long-Tail Litigation,” Insurance Law in Louisiana, Lorman Education Series, 2000
  • “'Default Remedies,' Evictions: Residential and Commercial in Louisiana”, Lorman Education Series, 2000
  • “Recent Developments in Marine Insurance Law,” Maritime Law Association, Fall Meeting, October 14,1999

Past Positions

  • Hancock Rothert & Bunshoft, LLP, Partner, 1999-2000
  • Hancock Rothert & Bunshoft, LLP, Associate, 1997-1998
  • Lane Powell Spears Lubersky LLP, Associate, 1995-1997
  • Vinson & Elkins L.L.P., Associate, 1992-1995
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Hon. W. Eugene Davis, Law Clerk, 1991-1992


  • Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1991
    Honors: Addison Brown Prize
    Law Review: Harvard International Law Journal, 1989-1991, Recent Developments Editor, 1990-1991
  • Haverford College, Haverford, PA, 1988
    Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    Major: Russian (With Honors)


Accepts Credit Cards


Published Works

  • Evolution of Marine Pollution Law, 1966-2016, 91 Tul. L. Rev. 1009 (2017) (with Antonio J. Rodriguez, Michael A. Harowski, and David A. Freedman)
  • The Criminalization of Marine Pollution Under U.S. Law, 15 Benedict's Maritime Bulletin 1, First Quarter, 2017
  • Deepwater Horizon: Removal Costs, Civil Damages, Crimes, Civil Penalties and State Remedies in Oil Spill Cases, 85 Tul. L. Rev. 889 (2011) (with Profs. Robert Force and Martin Davies)
  • State Attachment and Garnishment Procedures in Maritime Matters: A Primer, 20 U.S.F. Mar. L.J. 1 (2007-2008)
  • Sprietsma v. Mercury Marine: The Supreme Court Misses the Boat on Maritime Preemption, 27 Tul. Mar. L.J. 389 (2003)

Office Information


909 Poydras StreetSuite 2800 New Orleans, LA 70112


  • 504-299-2330


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  • 2010 Louisiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Louisiana Super Lawyers list
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View the profile for Joshua S. Force on Super Lawyers


  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigator in America, 2024
  • Best Lawyers in America since 2008 with special designations, during 2023 or a prior year, in Admiralty and Maritime Law, Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Banking and Finance Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, 2008 - 2023
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers, 2008 - 2023
  • Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America, 2014, 2016, 2017
  • Monte M. Lemann Award for Excellence in Adjunct Teaching, Tulane Law School, 2017
  • CityBusiness Leadership in Law Honoree, 2014
  • Anne Goldsmith Hanaw and J. Jerome Hanaw Tikkun Olam Award for Campaign Excellence, 2011, Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans
  • Daniel R. Ginsberg Leadership Award, 2008, Anti-Defamation League
  • Margot and Herbert J. Garon Young Leadership Award, 2007, Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans
  • Barney D. Mintz Leadership Award, 2005, Anti-Defamation League, South Central Region
  • 2023 Best Lawyers Award

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