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Mr. Gilman, Mr. Allison and Mr. Prejean have over 30 successful years practicing law which proves their credibility to be an intimidating force when fighting for their clients’ rights.

Mr. Gilman, Mr. Allison, and Mr. Prejean each graduated from the Texas State Maritime Program (Texas Maritime Academy) at Texas A&M University at Galveston, Texas. Further, Mr. Gilman, Mr. Allison, and Mr. Prejean each obtained U.S. Coast Guard unlimited tonnage merchant marine officer licenses and were employed in the maritime industry before deciding to attend law school with a focus on civil litigation and admiralty law. As maritime attorneys, their maritime education, work experience, and knowledge provides them invaluable insight into the daily routines, functions, and corporate structure of the industry.

The backgrounds of Mr. Gilman, Mr. Allison, and Mr. Prejean are the catalyst for a harmonious and powerful legal team.

 


Douglas T. Gilman
Douglas T. Gilman
Partner

Bios

Mr. Gilman is licensed to practice law in the state of Texas (since May 2005), and the Southern Federal District of Texas (since October 2005). Mr. Gilman holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation from Texas A&M University in 1996. He also possesses a United States Coast Guard Merchant Marine Officer’s License (Third Mate, Unlimited Tonnage). After graduating from Texas A&M, Mr. Gilman worked on the waterfront in the Port of Houston, where he served as in-house Port Captain and Stevedore Superintendent for Gulf Stream Marine, Inc., one of the largest break-bulk general cargo stevedores in the Gulf Coast Region.  Mr. Gilman resigned from Gulf Stream to attend law school (Fall 2000), and received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from South Texas College of Law in 2004.

Mr. Gilman’s current and former memberships include:

  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Association
  • Brazoria County and Houston Bar Associations
  • Phi Delta Phi – The International Legal Fraternity
  • International Propeller Club
  • Mariners Association
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute

 

Notable Decisions

  • Ponce v. M/V ALTAIR, 493 F. Supp.2d 880 (S.D. Tex. 2007).
  • In re Shippers Stevedoring Co., 274 S.W.3d 840 (Tex.App.–Houston [14th Dist.] 2008, pet. denied).
Brenton J. Allison
Brenton J. Allison
Partner

Bios

Mr. Allison is licensed to practice law in the state of Texas (since November 2003), the Southern Federal District of Texas (since February 2004), the Eastern Federal District of Texas (since November 2005), and the Federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (since August 2005). Mr. Allison holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation from Texas A&M University. He also possesses a United States Coast Guard Merchant Marine Officer’s License (Third Mate, Unlimited Tonnage; Second Mate, Limited to 3000-gross tons; and a Master’s License for all vessels up to 1600-gross tons). Prior to law school, Mr. Allison served as a ship’s officer on board an oil tanker. Mr. Allison received his Doctorate of Jurisprudence with a Certification in Maritime Law from Tulane Law School in May 2003. Mr. Allison graduated Cum Laude from Tulane Law School and served as Editor-in-Chief of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal (Volume 27) during his third year. After graduation, Mr. Allison began his practice with Legge, Farrow, Kimmitt, McGrath & Brown, LLP, focusing primarily on maritime personal injury, cargo claims, mariner license defense, collisions/allisions, insurance defense, and employment law.

Mr. Allison’s current and former memberships include:

  • American Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
  • Texas Young Lawyers Association

 

Notable Decisions

  • Colquitt v. Brazoria County, 324 S.W.3d 539 (Tex. 2010).
  • In re Shippers Stevedoring Co., 274 S.W.3d 840 (Tex.App.–Houston [14th Dist.] 2008, pet. denied).

 

Michael S. Prejean
Michael S. Prejean
Associate

Bio

Mr. Prejean is licensed to practice law throughout the State of Texas and in the Southern Federal District of Texas. Mr. Prejean holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation from Texas A&M University. He also holds a United States Coast Guard Merchant Marine Officer’s License (Master Mariner, Oceans – Unlimited). Prior to his career in law, Mr. Prejean worked on all manner of seagoing vessels, from tall ships to VLCCs (a/k/a “supertankers”). By the time Mr. Prejean stopped going to sea, he was a licensed captain in possession of the largest and most prestigious maritime license issued, the Unlimited Master license. Thereafter, Mr. Prejean worked in ports and refineries along the Texas coast as a Marine Pollution and Safety Advisor and as a Cargo Superintendant. In these capacities, Mr. Prejean has inspected countless petro/chemical tankers from numerous flag-states, and has observed the operations and competencies of crews comprised of countless nationalities. Additionally, Mr. Prejean’s knowledge and expertise was made use of by a national maritime disaster firm, where he was positioned to serve as a first-responder and advisor to maritime interests in the event of catastrophes involving ships along the Texas coast. These positions he held throughout his years of law school at South Texas College of Law in Houston.

Mr. Prejean’s current and former memberships include:

  • American Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Council of American Master Mariners

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