Grady S. Hurley

Mediator & Arbitrator


Grady S. Hurley has broad-ranging dispute resolution and transactional experience at the intersection of energy and maritime law, including in areas such as offshore energy exploration, production, and distribution, where a range of complex legal, regulatory, and business issues collide. He regularly counsels clients on matters involving cargo, collision, allision, product liability, toxic tort, insurance, indemnity, death, personal injury, property damage, lease cancellation, right-of-way disputes, explosions, and multi-party complex and commercial litigation in state and federal courts. Grady has engaged in brown water, offshore, blue water litigation, and transactional. As part of his oilfield practice, Grady has represented pipeline companies, offshore platform operators, crew boats, drilling companies, exploration and production companies, seismic operators, catering companies, and other oilfield service concerns in transactional matters, torts, and commercial disputes. He has authored numerous publications on issues such as contracts, Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) jurisdiction, and regulatory matters, and is co-author of the chapter on admiralty and maritime law in the highly regarded publication, Business and Commercial Litigation in the Federal Courts, which is updated and published annually by Thomson Reuters. He serves as a vice chair of the American Bar Association Admiralty & Maritime Law Committee and as Secretary of the Maritime Law Association. A past president of the Tulane Alumni Association, he is a member of the advisory council of Tulane’s Admiralty Law Institute and the Tulane Maritime Law Journal board.


  • American Arbitration Association – Panel Member, 2017
  • The Mediation Institute – Certified Mediator, 2016
  • Tulane University Law School – JD 1979; LLM, 1981
  • Tulane University – BA, 1976 – President, Associated Student Body; Omicron Delta Kappa; Kappa Delta Phi; Phi Alpha Theta


American Bar Association, Vice-Chair, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee (2012-2018); House Delegate (2004-2006); Former Chairman,

East Jefferson General Hospital Board of Directors, Treasurer (2012-2013); Member (2011-2013)

Energy Bar Association

Institute for Energy Law, Advisory Council

Maritime Law Association, Officer, Secretary (2018-present), Membership Secretary (2016-2018); Board of Directors (2005-2009); Proctor, Chairman of Offshore Industries Committee (2004-2008); Committee on Maritime Personnel; Young Lawyers Committee (1989-1995); Proctor Member (2001)

New Orleans Bar Association, President (2002); Vice President (2000); Treasurer (1998); Secretary (1997); Executive Board of Directors (1994-1999); Chairman, Maritime Law Committee (1990-1992); Editor, Brie y Speaking (1993); It's the Law Committee (1994-2001); Chairman, Bench/Bar Conference (2005)

The New Orleans Bar Association American Inn of Court, President (2003-2005)

Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute

Southeast Admiralty Law Institute, Member, Board of Directors/Port Captain (2003-2006)

Tulane Admiralty Law Institute, National Advisory Board, Planning and Program Committee

Tulane Maritime Law Journal, Board of Advisory Editors

Admiralty & Maritime, Breach of Contract, Cargo Damage, Class Actions, Mass Torts & Multi-District Litigation, Environmental & Toxic Tort, Insurance Coverage, Jones Act, Louisiana Mediators, Oil & Gas, Personal Injury
Accounting Negligence, Admiralty & Maritime, Airline Deregulation Act of 1978, Asbestos, Bad Faith Litigation, Banking, Bankruptcy, Breach of Contract, Cargo Damage, Civil Rights, Class Actions, Clergy Abuse, Commercial Leasing & Financing Transactions, Commercial Litigation, Construction Defect, Elder Abuse, Environmental & Toxic Tort, ERISA, Family Law, Federal Aviation Administration Regulations, Governmental Liability, Insurance Coverage, Jones Act, Labor & Employment, Landlord Tenant Disputes, Legal Malpractice, Mass Torts & Multi-District Litigation, Motor Vehicle, Nursing Homes & Assisted Living, Oil & Gas, Personal Injury, Pharmaceutical Litigation, Physician Employment/Services Contracts, Physician Negligence, Premises Liability, Products Liability, Property, Real Estate, Securities, Sports Law, Successions, Telecommunications, Trucking & Transportation, Warsaw & Montreal Convention, Worker's Compensation