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I learned early on that as a lawyer, I could change people’s lives for the better.

A few years ago, I had a client who worked for one company as a tankerman for 20 years. He was ordered into a crawlhole during a storm to check the radar, and as he was getting out, the boat hit a swell. He was thrown backwards and ended up with a spine injury.

He went from being the main provider for his family to borrowing money to get a Coke and sleeping on people’s sofas.

The day of the trial, the company offered us $100,000.

The jury came back with the verdict of $1.6 million in favor of my client. He hugged me and started crying. His family cheered.

I looked over at the defense lawyer and had an epiphany: His clients never hug him. Win or lose, they would have just argued about his bill.

That’s why I never doubt that I’m on the right side of justice.

Did you know?

Offshore workers have special rights and protections—more so than any other workers in the U.S. If you’re injured at sea, you’re entitled to maintenance and cure: a seaman’s day-to-day living expenses, as well as a seaman’s medical costs. In other words, you are entitled to automatic periodic payments for any illness or injuries sustained in the service of the ship.

Your rights are protected, and I am here to make sure that happens.
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When I take on a client, I dive head-first into their world.

I want to know what it was like to be there during their injury… What it felt like, what it sounded like, what it smelled like. I want to know what was happening through their eyes.

I deep dive into what their life was like before their injury, and what it’s been like since.

As their attorney and advocate, it’s my job to absorb their story and be in touch with my client emotionally—not only so that they know I’m truly on their side, but also to effectively present this story to a jury of their peers.

Telling that story together... that’s how we win.

Maritime is a very distinct area of law, unlike any other.

And not every lawyer understands the ins and outs of these types of cases.

I do.

Maritime is a very distinct area of law, unlike any other.

And not every lawyer understands the ins and outs of these types of cases.

I do.

I received my Juris Doctorate from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1998 and went on to earn my Masters Degree in Admiralty and Maritime Law from Tulane University the following year. Since then, I have dedicated my career to fighting for the rights of offshore workers.

I know the pressures placed upon crewmembers.

I know the “company doctors’ assessments” that try to downplay those injuries or illnesses as an effort to undercut what you are owed.

I know insurance adjusters and employers try to trick you into taking a lowball settlement.

My job is to use my experience and legal knowledge to level the playing field and go after big, life-changing justice for my clients.

I’m a proud husband and father to 3 wonderful children. In my free time, I enjoy being in the great outdoors. I love duck hunting season, and fishing for redfish and speckled trout in the marsh and red snapper and grouper in the gulf.

I love my work because I love fighting for the underdog. It makes my day to give a voice to individuals so that they can stand up against giant corporations.

Some of my clients may never be able to work offshore again—but I do my very best to turn the system around and make it work in favor of the seaman: to provide justice for hardworking people in need.

Attorney George Vourvoulias - jones act lawyer Louisiana
  • Tulane University, 1999 LL.M., Maritime Law
  • Gonzaga University School of Law, 1998 J.D.
  • DePaul University, 1993 B.A., History
Memberships and Accolades
  • Trial Lawyer’s College, 2015
  • State Bar of Louisiana
  • State Bar of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
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