Judge Lance M. Africk
United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
THE HONORABLE LANCE M. AFRICK received a Bachelor of Arts and Laws degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1973, and his Jurist Doctorate degree from the University of North Carolina Law School at Chapel Hill in 1975. Following a judicial clerkship, and several years in private practice, Judge Africk served as the Chief of the Career Criminal Bureau for the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office and the Chief of the Criminal Division for the United States Attorney’s office in New Orleans. In 1990, he was appointed a United States Magistrate Judge. On April 17, 2002, he was confirmed as a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Judge Africk is an adjunct professor of law at Tulane University Law School and former president of the Allstate Sugar Bowl. He currently serves on the 5th Circuit Committee on Criminal Pattern Jury Instructions. Judge Africk was also a reviewing author for Moore's Federal Practice/Criminal Procedure Chapters, Third Edition. Judge Africk was appointed by Chief Justice Rehnquist to the Judicial Conference Committee on Criminal Law and he was reappointed to that committee by Chief Justice Roberts, his term ended on October 1, 2011. He was inducted into the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame in July, 2011.
President Thomas C. Galligan Jr.
Louisiana State University
Thomas C. Galligan, Jr., was appointed Interim President of Louisiana State University in January 2020. He has been the dean of the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center since July 1, 2016. He holds the Dodson & Hooks Endowed Chair in Maritime Law and the James Huntington and Patricia Kleinpeter Odom Professorship of Law. He also teaches Torts and Admiralty: Maritime Torts. Prior to his appointment as the dean of the LSU Law Center, he served as the President and Professor of Humanities at Colby-Sawyer College. He was formerly the Dean and the Elvin E. Overton Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee College of Law, where he also taught torts and admiralty. Dean Galligan began his teaching career at the LSU Law Center where he initially taught from 1986-1998, where he was named the Dr. Dale E. Bennett Professor of Law. During his first tenure at LSU, the students named him the Outstanding LSU Professor six times. From 1995-1998, he served as the Executive Director of the Louisiana Judicial College. During his career, he has taught Torts, Admiralty, UCC Sales, Remedies, Maritime Personal Injury & Tort Law, and other courses. Dean Galligan was named the 2018 Distinguished Professor by the Louisiana Bar Foundation at its 33rd Annual Fellows Gala. He has served as a member and chair of the American Bar Association Accreditation Committee. Dean Galligan is a frequent continuing legal education speaker on his areas of expertise, having given more than 250 speeches and presentations to judges, lawyers, and others about Torts, Admiralty, Complex Litigation, Professionalism, and more. In the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, he testified three times before House and Senate Committees considering amendments to the Death on the High Seas Act and other applicable maritime statutes. His scholarship has been cited by courts including the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, various United States District Courts, the Louisiana Supreme Court, and various State Appellate Courts. It also has been cited, discussed and relied upon by legal scholars in treatises, law review articles, and the Restatement (Third) of Torts: Liability for Physical Harm. His most recent publication, “The Structure of Torts”, is forthcoming in Volume 46 of the Florida State University Law Review, and additional articles have been accepted for publication in the Louisiana Law Review and Tulane Law Review. He holds an A.B. in Political Science from Stanford University, a J.D. from Seattle University School of Law where he graduated summa cum laude and first in his class, and an LL.M. from the Columbia University Law School.
Mr. Edwin G. Preis Jr.
EDWIN G. PREIS, JR. is the Managing Partner and founder of Preis PLC, a regional defense law firm with offices in Lafayette, New Orleans, and Houston. Mr. Preis earned his undergraduate B.A. Degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1969, and obtained his Juris Doctorate Degree from the LSU Law Center in 1972. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Preis served as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Nauman S. Scott, U.S. District Judge, Western District of Louisiana (1972-1974). Mr. Preis is licensed to practice in Louisiana and Texas. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana, and the Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas. Mr. Preis is a member of the Federal Bar Association, Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit, Louisiana State Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, Lafayette Parish Bar Association, Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, Defense Research Institute, Maritime Law Association of the United States, and Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute. Mr. Preis is listed in Best Lawyers in America, Louisiana Super Lawyers, and holds a Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating. Mr. Preis served as a faculty member for the LSU Law Center’s Trial Advocacy Training Program in 1992 and 1993, and currently serves on the LSU Law Center’s Board of Trustees. Mr. Preis has approximately 47 years of legal experience, and maintains an active litigation practice focused primarily on maritime and energy disputes, many of which are high profile, complex and involve major casualties. Mr. Preis was a member of the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board from January, 2010 until December 2015, pursuant to appointment by the Louisiana Supreme Court. He was Board Vice-Chair/Adjudicative Committee Chair for 2013, and was Chairman of the Board for 2014. Prior to his appointment to the Board, he served for seven years as a Hearing Committee Chairman. Mr. Preis was recently appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court to the Louisiana Judicial Campaign Oversight Committee and the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board Advisory Committee.
Mr. David L. Reisman
Liskow & Lewis, APLC
David Reisman brings broad and practical experience to his maritime practice. David served as General Counsel of Bisso Marine, LLC for a decade following fifteen years as a partner in the Maritime Section of Liskow & Lewis. David also served for five years as General Counsel of T&T Bisso, LLC, an international emergency response, ship salvage and wreck removal contractor with offices in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia. David returned to private practice with Liskow & Lewis in 2017.
David’s experience in admiralty matters includes emergency response, contracts, Coast Guard regulatory and enforcement issues, insurance coverage, accident investigation, maritime and aviation finance and liens, compliance programs, and formation and management of joint ventures (international and domestic). His litigation practice covers a wide range of matters, including maritime and offshore personal injury and property damage, vessel collisions and allisions, products liability, aviation, drilling and completion accidents, reservoir damage, pipeline accidents, indemnity and insurance, and commercial disputes.
David is a member of the Louisiana and Texas bars, the American Society of Safety Professionals and the American Salvage Association.