Thomas Deen

Partner / Houston, Corpus Christi

P: 713.588.0446

Tom Deen is well-known in maritime law circles. Over the course of his 35 years in maritime and admiralty law, he has become known for his focus on client service. His deep reach extends to clients in all manner of industries, including construction, energy, transportation, and more. representing them in litigation, arbitration, and transactional cases in state and federal courts. He also serves as external general counsel when needed. With such a vast cache of knowledge as his, it is no wonder that Tom’s mantra for his clients is “If you need help, call. I am here to assist.” And judging by his successful outcomes, he walks the walk.

Beyond his role as litigator and arbitrator, Tom represents clients in transactional matters involving corporate governance and contracts, among other business areas. He also serves as counsel to individuals and entities in a legal advisory capacity on exposures in business transactions, counseling his clients on best practices focused on compliance of procedures, cost and risk. As external counsel, he provides guidance to his clients in their business dealings, including contract review and contract negotiation, insurance matters and human resources issues. Tom is also experienced in representing external clients as lead litigator or as manager to outside counsel.

Tom is a certified arbitrator and a past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Houston Maritime Arbitrators Association. He has broad experience in maritime dispute resolution, representing parties as lead arbitrator, as well as a neutral third-party arbitrator presiding over arbitration cases.

In his spare time — when he finds some — Tom can be found at the water, fishing or sailboat racing. He is an aficionado of both offshore and inshore racing of mono-hull sailboats.

Practice Areas

Practice Areas

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


  • J.D., South Texas College of Law, 1983
  • B.S., Emory University, 1977

Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas

Representative Cases

  • Defended under the Wreck Case Act (win) – 2017

Honors and Distinctions

  • Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Memberships

  • Houston Maritime Arbitration Association
  • International Propeller Club Port of Houston (member, board of governers)
  • Maritime Law Association
  • Houston International Seafarers’ Center (member, board of directors)
  • Houston Yacht Club (former commodore)
  • Texas Navy Association

Community Involvement

  • Propeller Club of the US Port of Houston (active participation)
  • Houston International Seafarer’s Center (active participation)
  • Houston Yacht Club (active participation)