Richard Cozad

Partner / New Orleans

P: 504.561.0323

Richard Cozad received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University in New Orleans in 1972 with a major in history and a minor in English. Richard then attended Tulane Law School, graduating in 1976. While at Tulane, he was a member of the National, International and Southern Regional Moot Court teams. Following law school graduation, he accepted a position as a law clerk for the Honorable Nauman Scott, who was the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. In 1978, after completing his clerkship, Richard was hired as an associate with the law firm of Johnson & McAlpine. Since that time, he has been engaged in the private practice of law focusing primarily on admiralty, marine insurance, and environmental matters.

In 1995, Richard returned to Tulane Law School and received a Master of Laws degree in energy and environmental law. In 1999, he accepted a position as an Adjunct Faculty Professor at Tulane and, since that time, has taught the “Marine Insurance II” course offered annually by the law school to eligible seniors and graduate students. This course focuses on protection and indemnity, hull, marine general liability, maritime employers liability, pollution, excess, bumbershoot and reinsurance coverages.

Richard is licensed to practice in all state and federal courts in Louisiana and Texas, as well as the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Courts. He has tried bodily injury, property damage and insurance coverage cases in most of the state and federal courts in South Louisiana.

Richard has given numerous speeches and presentations over the years to industry groups on topics such as maintenance and cure, punitive damages, vessel seizures, recent developments in maritime law, contractual indemnity, marine insurance, the Oil Pollution Act of 1990, naturally occurring radioactive material claims and other like topics. He most recently gave a speech and paper on marine insurance law at the Tulane Admiralty Law Seminar in New Orleans.

Practice Areas

Practice Areas

  • General Liability
  • Admiralty and Maritime
  • Energy
  • Insurance
  • Premises Liability
  • Subrogation
  • Transportation
  • Trucking
  • Commercial Litigation


  • B.A., Loyola University
    • Major in History
    • Minor in English
  • J.D., Tulane Law School
  • L.L.M., energy and environmental law, Tulane Law School

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Texas State Bar Association
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Honors and Distinctions

  • AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named to Louisiana Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters
  • The Best Lawyers in America (Admiralty and Maritime Law) – 2021-2023
  • Top Lawyer, New Orleans, St. Charles Avenue Magazine

Speeches and Presentations

  • Tulane Admiralty Law Seminar in New Orleans
  • Greater New Orleans Barge Fleeting Seminar, Louisiana Association of Claims Adjustors and Southeastern Admiralty and Marine Transportation Conference

Classes and Seminars Taught

  • Adjunct Faculty Professor at Tulane University, “Marine Insurance II”

Professional Memberships

  • Maritime Law Association
  • Mariners Club of the Port of New Orleans