Jody Schisel-Meslin is an associate in the firm’s Houston office. She is a member of the Maritime practice group within the firm’s Energy, Infrastructure, and Resources practice. Jody’s practice assists domestic and international companies with a wide range of maritime-related issues including collisions and allisions, USCG and NTSB investigations, personal injury, shipowner’s limitation of liability, economic loss, pollution, vessel arrests and attachments, salvage, cargo disputes, and class, flag state, and port state compliance. Her experience includes all phases of litigation, from initial incident investigations on behalf of vessel owners, through pre-trial, trial, and appeals.
Prior to attending law school, Jody managed a fleet of offshore research and multipurpose vessels operating out of US and international ports of call, including coordinating daily vessel operations and ensuring vessel compliance with Class, Flag State, and Port State regulations.
Prior to joining the firm Jody served as a litigation associate within the maritime, oilfield, and insurance practice of a full-service law group. Through this role, she counseled corporate clients on litigation matters within the maritime, energy, and construction industries, with a focus on Jones Act, shipowner’s limitation of liability, salvage, and cargo disputes.
- Recognized in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America, 2023, 2024
- Women International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA)
- Maritime Law Association
- Houston Mariners Club
- American Bar Association TIPS Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee, Member
- "Oilfield Casualty Insurance - Is it Covered?,” Liskow Maritime Seminar, 26 October 2022, Houston, Texas
- "Hook, Line & Sinker - Litigation Nightmares Arising When My Vessel’s Anchor Ruptures Your Subsea Pipeline,” 73rd Annual Energy Law Conference, 17-18 February 2022, Houston, Texas
- "Dismissal of Louisiana's Challenge to TED Requirement for Shrimping Vessels in State Waters Affirmed," Liskow's The Energy LawBlog, 6 July 2023
- "Juries cannot simply pick a number and put it in the blank.” – Texas Supreme Court Remands Case Involving $15 Million Jury Award for Noneconomic Damages Where Award was Unsupported and Arguments to the Jury Unsubstantiated," Liskow's The Energy LawBlog, 21 June 2023
- "Third Circuit Restores Rule B Attachment Based On Breach of Contract Claim Under English Law, Implied Indemnity Claim NotEnough," Liskow's' The Energy Law Blog, 20 June 2023
- "11th Circuit Finds Not All Disputed Medical Evidence Must be Construed in a Seaman’s Favor," Liskow's The Energy Law Blog, 20 September 2021
- "Settling the Split: The Supreme Court Clarifies Unavailability of Punitive Damages for Seamen in Dutra Group v. Batterton," Texas Association of Defense Counsel, Fall/Winter 2019