John Scialdone has achieved one of the broadest levels of experience available anywhere in the world for maritime law. His litigation track record covers over two decades of actions in the U. S. and foreign venues, with more than 47 successful verdicts and hundreds of successful mediated agreements, in matters ranging from complex commercial disputes to salvage, major casualties and personal injuries. Mr. Scialdone’s trial and appellate practice have produced benchmark decisions on insurance coverage, standards of negligence and strict liability, causation, maintenance and cure remedies, contractual indemnity and insurance rates; most recently producing the historical ruling of Boudreaux vs. Transocean, which established for the first time in the history of the U. S. General Maritime Law the right of a Jones Act employer to recover maintenance and cure payments in a suit for fraud against the plaintiff.
Mr. Scialdone’s experience in transactions covers new build and vessel modification agreements, charters, bills of lading, terminal operations, sales agreements, dredging, public works projects, and a variety of security devices, as well as facilitating domestic and international joint ventures. He has successfully concluded more than $4 billion in contracts, financing and joint ventures over the last 20 years.
Mr. Scialdone is the firm’s managing partner for all offices. Born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1966, he received his bachelors degree from Michigan State University in 1989 and his Juris Doctorate from Tulane in 1992. He is a member of the bar of the U.S. Supreme Court and all federal and state courts in Mississippi and Louisiana.