James P. Nader


Mr. Nader is a nationally recognized practitioner with over 25 years of litigation and trial experience in insurance defense. Mr. Nader has served as counsel for domestic and international insurance carriers in complex commercial and personal lines property matters, as well as automobile, transportation, and admiralty claims. During his years of practice, Mr. Nader has acquired a particular expertise in litigating large claims arising from catastrophes such as Hurricanes Katrina, Ike and Wilma and the Moore, Oklahoma Tornadoes. Mr. Nader has appeared as counsel and litigated matters in Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina and Oklahoma. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Tulane University, where he teaches litigation and insurance related courses.

Mr. Nader obtained his law degree from Loyola University School of Law. Following law school, he attended the University of Notre Dame’s National Institute for Trial Advocacy.

Mr. Nader has authored articles in the areas of his expertise for various legal publications, including the American Bar Journal, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal and as a contributing editor for Marine News Magazine. He is a member of the Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma State Bar Associations, the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, the Advisory Panel for the ABA, The Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, the Admiralty, Maritime and Insurance Coverage sections of the American Bar Association, the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and the Defense Research Institute.



  • Insurance Coverage, Bad Faith and Insurance Fraud Litigation
  • General Property and Automobile Insurance Casualty Litigation
  • Transportation Law
  • Admiralty Litigation
  • Ocean Marine and Motor Truck Cargo
  • Construction Defects and Products Liability


  • AM Best’s Recommended Insurance Attorney
  • Preeminent AV Rated in Ability and Ethics by Martindale Hubbell Peer Review


  • Louisiana
  • Texas
  • Oklahoma
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • United States District Court, Northern, Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma


  • Loyola University School of Law, J.D.


  • Lobman, Carnahan, Batt, Angelle & Nader, 1990 – Present
  • Hebert and Abbott, 1984 – 1990


  • State Bar of Louisiana
  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Oklahoma
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Adjunct Professor Tulane University
  • Insurance Coverage Section of American Bar Association
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
  • Admiralty Section of American Bar Association
  • The Advisory Panel for the American Bar Association
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • American Bar Association
  • Commercial Transportation Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association
  • Property Insurance Law Committee of the American Bar Association
  • Automobile Law Committee of the American Bar Association
  • Certified Wind® Umpire


“Insurance Bad Faith and Ethics”

IAT Insurance Group, July 2017

“Material Misrepresentations and Fraud”

Centauri Insurance Claims Conference, May 2017

“Examinations Under Oath and Adjuster Depositions”

Mid-America Catastrophe Claims Conference, January 2017

“Insurance Bad Faith and Ethics”

Mid-America Catastrophe Claims Conference, January 2016

“Motor Truck Cargo Coverage”

Hartford Insurance, 2014

“Insurance Bad Faith and Ethics”

Seibels Claims Conference, New Orleans, LA, December 2014

“The Minefield of Adjusting: Bad Faith for Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana”

Centauri Insurance Claims Conference, New Orleans, LA, May 2014

“Bad Faith Insurance Claims for Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi, Georgia, and North Carolina”

Reid, Jones, McRorie and Williams 14th Annual Catastrophe Conference, New Orleans, LA, March 2012

“Insurance Coverage for Ocean Marine Cargo Claims”

Hartford Insurance Company, Naperville, IL, Winter 2011

“Recent Developments in COGSA and Shipping Contracts”

Journal of Commerce Breakbulk and Transportation Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana; Panel Member

“Ethical Considerations for Property Insurance Adjusters”

Reid, Jones, McRorie and Williams 12th Annual Catastrophe Conference, San Antonio, Texas, March 2010

“Recent Developments in Insurance Coverage Litigation”


“Ethical Considerations for Property Insurance Adjusters”

Mason Claims Service, Boerne, Texas, March 2008

“Ethics for Insurance Adjusters and Avoiding Bad Faith”

Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, Freeport, Illinois, June 2007

“Ethics for Property Adjusters”

Reid, Jones, McRorie and Williams Annual Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, March 2006

“Bad Faith Litigation and Best Practices”

State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, New Orleans, Louisiana, June 1995

“An Exception to the Divers’ Exception?”

MARINE NEWS, February 2005

“Raising a Red Flag?”

MARINE NEWS, January 2005

“Location, Location, Location”

MARINE NEWS, November 2004

“Diver Down!!! An Exception to the General Test for Seaman Status?”

MARINE NEWS, July 2004

“Ferry Owners Beware . . . and Be Clear”

MARINE NEWS, March 2004

“Seaman’s Failure to Disclose Prior Injuries Forfeits Right to Maintenance & Cure Benefits”

MARINE NEWS, April 28, 2003

“Captains Not Able to Recover Under Jones Act”

MARINE NEWS, February 24, 2003

“Vessels Negligent Until Proven Otherwise”

MARINE NEWS, November 25, 2002

“Attorney’s Services are Not “Necessary” …”

MARINE NEWS, October 14, 2002

“FMC Investigates Exclusive Tug Agreements in the Lower Mississippi River and Florida”

MARINE NEWS, June 10, 2002