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Paxton N. Crew

Mr. Crew was born and raised in Orange, Texas and is a seventh generation Texan.  He lives in League City, Texas with his wife and three children.   Mr. Crew obtained his B.A. in History from the University of Houston in 1996, and his J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center in 2007.  Prior to attending law school, Mr. Crew owned a satellite entertainment company that serviced bars and restaurants throughout Southeast Texas and South Louisiana.  He also worked for six years at NASA’s Johnson Space Center-Aircraft Operations Division for a contractor involved with integrated projects to NASA’s support and training aircraft, including the Boeing 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft (“SCA”), WB-57 wide wing high altitude research aircraft, T-38 astronaut trainers, and Gulfstream Shuttle Training Aircraft (“STA”).

Mr. Crew has represented a wide array of plaintiffs and defendants, ranging from Jones Act seamen, longshoremen, to vessel owners involved in fleet and vessel mortgage foreclosures, collisions, and complicated charter party disputes.  Mr. Crew also serves as outside house counsel to maritime and energy companies in South Texas.  He is a member of the Fifth Circuit Federal Bar Association, the Maritime Law Association of the United States and the South Eastern Admiralty Law Institute.  He has been chosen by his peers as a Texas Rising Star and a SuperLawyer in the publication SuperLawyers consecutively since 2011.  He is also a member of the Order of the Barristers and has served as a coach for the University of Houston Admiralty Law Moot Court Team as well as a Brief Judge for the John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court competition.  Besides Texas, Mr. Crew is admitted to practice before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States District Courts for Southern, Eastern and Western Texas.

Education:   

University of Houston Law Center-J.D. 2007

Gus Schill, Jr. Maritime and Professionalism Scholarship Award
Order of the Barristers
John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition,  National Finalist 2007, National Semi-Finalist 2006

University of Houston-B.A. History 1996

Representative Published Affirmative Decisions and Verdicts:

Desmond Clophus v. Cal-Dive International, Inc.,
Cause No. 2012-05338, in the 61st Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas, Hon. Al Bennet presiding.  Represented Jones Act seaman.  Jury verdict of $891,000 for dislocated wrist.

Clipper Bulk Shipping, Ltd. v. Sun Coast Resources, Inc.
Cause No. 09-12-00478-CV, in the Ninth Judicial Court of Appeals.  Affirmed Jury Trial verdict  and award of attorney’s fees in fuel dispute.

Ondimar Transportes v. Beatty Street Properties, Inc.
555 F.3d 184, 187 (5th Cir. 2009), created new rule of law in Fifth Circuit of a settlement bar to non-settling joint tortfeasors.

 One Beacon Insurance Co. v. Crowley Maritime Corp.
648 F.3d 258 (5th Cir, 2011) Creating new rule for contract interpretation allowing a website’s terms and conditions to be a valid incorporation by reference in an invoice’s terms and conditions.

Numerous other confidential settlements in the many millions of dollars.