Tim Strickland

Partner / Houston

P: 713.588.0446 X. 477

F: 713.574.2942

Timothy Strickland has a passion for the ocean. This passion easily translated into his focus on maritime law, which led him to serve early in his career as in-house counsel and subrogation manager for an international marine insurance service company that provided surveying, adjusting and subrogation expertise to marine insurance underwriters in England, France and Spain — and throughout the world.

Tim has been involved in several notable maritime cases, including the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and Thunderhorse production platform Salvage. In both cases, he was actively engaged with the client from the earliest opening hours of each crisis and then was involved with the emergency response center in Houston for months.

Faced with complicated maritime cases, other attorneys might be intimidated or need to get up to speed on everything involved — from the business to the logistics to the science. But some might say that Tim has been perfectly trained for these scenarios. He even sat for and passed his United States Coast Guard O.U.P.V. test to obtain a USCG Captain’s license. With a marine biology background, a love of the ocean and a passion for winning, he is right at home fighting for his client’s cause in even the most trying circumstances.

Throughout his career, Tim has litigated claims in state and federal courts including marine and non-maritime personal injury defense, premises liability, international salvage disputes, insurance coverage, energy construction disputes and complex international business transactions. He has had the opportunity to successfully represent a diverse and sophisticated clientele ranging from large insurance companies to small local businesses. In particular, Tim has been quite successful with international arbitration disputes and has the unique ability to litigate away from home if necessary.

One of the things his clients appreciate most about Tim is that he understands they are businesspeople and their decision-making process is not driven by his opinions. He is there to help them do their jobs better, not take over. In other words, he is a professional, knowledgeable and indispensable counselor and advisor, but at the end of the day, their business is theirs to run. He just makes it easier for them to do so.

Practice Areas

Practice Areas

  • Maritime Law
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Salvage
  • Marine and Non-maritime Personal Injury Defense
  • Premises Liability
  • Emergency/Oil Spill Response
  • Terminal Liability and Property Damage
  • Marine Commercial Plaintiff Disputes and Subrogation
  • Energy Construction Disputes
  • Complex International Business Transactions
  • Arbitration
  • Commercial Transactional Issues

Education

  • Texas Tech University, B.S. Wildlife Management
  • University of Houston Law Center, J.D., 1991

Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • State Bar of Texas, 1991
  • Fifth Circuit Courts of Appeals
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas

Representative Cases

  • Great Lakes Reinsurance (UK) PLC v. S. Marine Concepts, Inc., 2008 U.S. Dist., Lexis 109327
  • Cross Chartering v. RIPC; 2005 U.S. Dist., Lexis 27499
  • Lunday v. Carnival, 2004 U.S. Dist., Lexis 29370
  • Williams v. M/V JUBILEE, 2003 U.S. Dist., Lexis 27028
  • Wiggins v. Carnival, 2005 U.S. Dist., Lexis 18235
  • BNSF v. LAF, 2005 Tex. App., Lexis 6428; 2006 Tex. App., Lexis 443
  • BNSF v. Interdom; 2003 WL 23110385, 2004 U.S. App., Lexis 25551
  • BP Oil Int’l. Ltd. V. Petroecuador; 332 F3d 333, 2003 U.S. App., Lexis 12013
  • Allison v. Carnival, 2006 Tex. App. Lexis 2751

Honors and Distinctions

  • Texas “Top Lawyers,” 2012 and 2013
  • AV Preeminent peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell

Speeches and Presentations

  • Houston Mariner’s Club
  • Houston Marine Insurance Seminar
  • The Nautical Institute and Marine Insurance Association of Seattle
  • University of Texas Petroleum Extension Service
    • Emergency Response in the Maritime and Offshore Energy Industry

Professional Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association
  • Maritime Lawyers Association
  • Houston Maritime Arbitrators Association
  • Houston Mariners Club, Puget Sound Maritime Claims Association – ex-skipper (President)
  • Galveston County Bar Association
  • Member of Insurance Committee and National Management Committee for Coastal Conservation Association (“CCA”)
  • League City Chamber of Commerce
  • Member of Southeastern Admiralty Lawyers Institute (“SEALI”)
  • Chairman of the CCA Gulf of Mexico Committee