Stacey Norstrud

Partner / Houston

P: 713.588.0446 X. 514

Stacey Norstrud was born along the Gulf Coast and spent as much time as possible on the water — sailing with her dad and competing in international regattas. So, her passion for maritime law comes naturally.

Her primary focus for the past 20 years has been Jones Act defense and maritime-related civil litigation. She has also been on the front lines of several major marine casualty cases.

Having the opportunity to work in-house with the shipping department of a major oil company, she knows the business inside and out. In 2005, she was on BP’s Emergency Response Incident Command Team, responding to the severe listing of the Thunder Horse, a $1 billion oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico. Throughout 2010, she served as a member of BP’s Emergency Response Unified Command in Florida, assisting in all aspects of the Deepwater Horizon response.

She served as legal counsel for BP’s Gulf Coast Restoration Organization from 2010 to 2014, working closely with government officials, regulatory agencies, and business owners in recovery and remediation efforts following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Throughout her service, she juggled unique challenges and developed expertise in several different practice areas.

She has a deep understanding of the maritime landscape, enabling her to streamline the litigation process. Her motions have often led to dramatic reductions in claims, and in many instances, to entire cases being dismissed.

She thrives on being at the helm and has been involved in successful arbitrations and litigation in federal, state and appellate courts throughout Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, New York and London.

Practice Areas

Practice Areas

  • General Liability
  • Admiralty and Maritime
  • Energy
  • Insurance
  • Premises Liability
  • Subrogation
  • Transportation
  • Trucking
  • Commercial Litigation


  • B.A., University of Texas and St. Edwards University, magna cum laude
  • J.D., Western Michigan University Cooley Law School

Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Representative Cases

  • Nat’l Liability & Fire, Inc. v. R&R Marine, 2010 U.S. Dist. Lexis 12516 and 756 F. 3d 825
  • Shumate v. Concept Special Risks, Ltd., 2016 U.S. Dist. Lexis 2790 and 2015 U.S. Dist. Lexis 17438
  • Great Lakes Reinsurance v. JDPCM&E, LLC, 2014 U.S. Dist. Lexis 191056
  • NuStar v. Norwegian Jewel, 2016 U.S. Dist. Lexis 10829; In Re Carnival Corp., 193 S.W.3d 221
  • Skains v. Torch Offshore, 2003 Tex. Dist Lexis 2526
  • Hall v. Carnival Corp., 2006 U.S. Dist Lexis 89156
  • Fireman’s Fund Ins. Co. v. ATS Logistics Servs, 2009 U.S. Dist. Lexis 65870
  • Jones v. Lynden Air Freight, Inc., 2008 U.S. Dist Lexis 112671

Professional Memberships

  • Houston Mariner’s Club
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
  • Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association
  • Women in Claims
  • American Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association

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