Five SBSB Eastham Partners Honored Among the Top 500 Leading Litigators in the Nation

Schouest, Bamdas, Soshea, BenMaier & Eastham PLLC (SBSB Eastham) celebrates the listing of five firm partners to Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Litigators in America for 2024.


Honorees include name partners John Schouest and Limor Ben-Maier. Partners Susan Noe Wilson, Richard Cozad, and Kelly Haas also were named to the list, which recognizes attorneys the legal publication describes as “the advisors you want to send into battle.” 


Lawdragon selects honorees based on journalistic research, submissions and rigorous vetting, producing a roster of lawyers who can take even the most unpopular cause and turn it into an “irresistible narrative.”


“This list is full of some of the best in our profession; I am proud that our firm has such a forceful representation,” said Mr. Schouest, the managing partner at SBSB Eastham. “Our clients’ success is our success, and it’s nice to have those accomplishments noticed.”


After more than 30 years of practice, Mr. Schouest has established himself as an authority on Defense Base Act work and complex insurance claims that are often high-dollar and multi-jurisdictional. His expertise in DBA claims has helped shape laws governing the industry and has made him the preferred legal counsel for many of the world’s largest insurance companies.  


Ms. Ben-Maier’s background includes work as a plaintiff attorney for Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation claims. As a defense attorney, her experience on the plaintiffs’ side enables her to understand both sides of a dispute and craft the best strategies for her clients.


Ms. Noe Wilson, an award-winning trial attorney, has spent much of her career focused on insurance defense involving energy and maritime cases throughout the Gulf Coast region. She also has a reputation for successful defenses in maritime personal injury claims and bad-faith litigation involving maritime and energy-related insurance policies. 


Mr. Cozad has tried multiple bodily injury, property damage and insurance coverage cases in state and federal courts in South Louisiana. An expert in maritime law, he is regularly called upon to give speeches and presentations to industry groups on topics such as vessel seizures, punitive damages, contractual indemnity, the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and marine insurance.  


Ms. Haas, a partner in the Houston office, has an extensive background in federal courts conducting shipboard investigations involving the seizure and release of vessels. She also defends owners, operators and offshore companies from claims arising from a wide variety of potential disputes.  


For more information about SBSB Eastham’s honor, visit Lawdragon