New Orleans

John F. Colowich


Lafayette, La

John Colowich focuses his practice on litigation matters. He has over thirty-eight years of experience and has practiced extensively in both Louisiana and Florida. Prior to joining the firm, John served as head of a corporate litigation department. This experience has given him a unique advantage from the client's perspective and an exceptional understanding of corporate business issues. He also developed and maintained his own private practice. Trial experience as lead counsel consists of over 35 jury (70%) and non-jury (30%) trials in both federal and state courts throughout Louisiana and Florida. He litigates and tries cases that involve a variety of matters including claims against nursing homes, hospitals, coverage disputes, professional liability, business disputes, inland marine, marine liability, products liability and transportation.

  • Practice Areas
    • Admiralty, Maritime and Energy ~ Wrongful Death, Personal Injury and Property Damage
      • Jones Act
      • Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA)
      • Vessel Collisions / Allisions
      • Cargo / Hull
      • Offshore Construction
    • Transportation
      • Automobile Liability and Coverage
      • Railroad Liability and Coverage
      • Trucking Liability and Coverage
      • Uninsured / Underinsured Motorist Liability and Coverage
    • Commerical and Recreational Diving
    • Construction Contracts, Defects and Litigation
    • Contractual Indemnity and Insurance
    • Casualty Litigation and Coverage
    • Premises Liability
    • Products Liability
  • Education
    • Loyola University, J.D. (1979)
    • George Washington University, Master of Forensic Sciences (1976)
    • Georgetown University, B.A., cum laude (1974)
  • Bar Admissions
    • Louisiana
    • Florida
  • Court Admissions
    • United States Supreme Court
    • All Louisiana State Courts
    • All Florida State Courts
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
    • United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
    • United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
    • United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Experience
    • Defended manufacturers of medical devices in wrongful death actions.
    • Represented domestic insurer in international products liability claim involving traumatic amputation.
    • Defended multinational corporations in numerous energy land based and offshore related matters.
    • Represented domestic insurers in vessel collisions, allisions including a multi-million dollar property damage claim resulting from a barge breakaway on the Mississippi River.
    • Defended multinational corporation involving a workover/production platform explosion with multiple casualties.
    • Represented corporate owners of hospitals and nursing homes in negligence, abuse and decubitus cases in Florida and Louisiana.
    • Represented condominium and homeowners associations involving various disputes in violation of bylaws, restrictive covenants and declarations.
    • Litigated business matters including sales of businesses resulting in favorable judgements.
    • Handled civil litigation matters for businesses involving issues of fraud and misrepresentation.
    • Negotiated contracts and handled litigation for municipalities.
    • Negotiated contracts for sales of businesses and related conveyance transactions.
  • Publications and Presentations
    • Contractual Indemnification and UM/UIM Coverage in Louisiana, AIG Seminar, Kansas (2015)
    • Trilogy in the Gulf: Everything You Need to Know about Claims, Status, Master Service Agreements in the Gulf (Well, Almost), AIG Seminar, Kansas (2014) and Swiss Re Seminar, Kansas (2014)
  • Professional and Community Affiliations
    • American Bar Association
    • Florida State Bar Association
    • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Recognitions
    • Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished Rating
    • Named "2018 Top Lawyer" by Acadiana Profile