Originally from Reading, Pennsylvania, Mr. Aurandt is a lifelong fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Steelers. He received his B.A. from Penn State University, where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity (Fiji), and his J.D., with Maritime Law Certificate, from the Tulane University School of Law, where he was a member of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal. Prior to entering law school, Mr. Aurandt graduated from the U.S. Naval Officer Candidate School, Newport, Rhode Island, and served as a surface warfare officer in the U.S. Navy. While on active duty, Mr. Aurandt completed two tours of sea duty in division officer (Boilers, Electrical, and CIC Officer) and department head (Operations Officer/Navigator) billets on ships stationed in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. In 1988, while serving aboard USS WHIPPLE (FF-1062), Mr. Aurandt was named the Junior Officer Shiphandler of the Year for Destroyer Squadron 35. Between sea-duty assignments, Mr. Aurandt was a naval science instructor in the Department of Seamanship and Navigation at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, teaching courses in piloting and celestial navigation. Mr. Aurandt also completed all requirements for Joint Professional Military Education Phase 1 credit by earning a diploma from the U.S. Naval War College, College of Continuing Education, through the War College’s non-resident seminar program held in Annapolis.
Mr. Aurandt has over fifteen years of experience in cases involving all facets of admiralty and maritime law, including: vessel arrest and maritime lien foreclosure, marine collisions and allisions, limitation of liability, charter party disputes, COGSA and Harter Act claims, vessel (tugboat) sales and preferred ship mortgages, marine insurance disputes and coverage analysis, master service agreement disputes and indemnity, §905 (b) and Jones Act defense, Rivers and Harbors Act defense, and maritime contract interpretation. Mr. Aurandt currently serves as reporter for the Admiralty Record®—an annual hardcover admiralty and maritime law case reporter reporting the published admiralty opinions of the Supreme Court of the United States and the United States Courts of Appeals.
State: Louisiana and Pennsylvania.
Federal: U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and U.S. Supreme Court.
Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company v. Sneed’s Shipbuilding, Inc., No. 08-4882, 803 F.Supp.2d 530 (E.D.La. Mar. 22, 2011);
Burlington Basket Company v. General Electric Company, No. 10-119 (S.D.Iowa Davenport Div. Mar. 4, 2011);
In re Maryland Marine, Inc., No. 08-1560, 641 F.Supp.2d 579 (E.D.La. 2009);
In re Katrina Canal Breaches Consolidated Litigation, No. 08-30234, 309 Fed.Appx. 836, 2009 WL 290474 (5th Cir. Feb. 6, 2009);
In re Katrina Canal Breaches Consolidated Litigation, No. 06-5131, 2008 WL 4899449 (E.D.La. Nov. 12, 2008);
Gaye T. Bennett, et al. v. Board of Commissioners for the East Jefferson Levee District, et al, No. 635-594 (24th JDC for the Parish of Jefferson, State of Louisiana Sep. 11, 2008);
Blake Drilling & Workover Company, Inc. v. Sabine Vessels Inc., No. 07-41034, 2008 WL 2325635 (5th Cir. Jun. 6, 2008);
Osprey Ship Management, Inc. v. Jackson County Port Authority, No. 05-390, 2007 WL 4287708 (S.D.Miss. Dec. 4, 2007);
In re Katrina Canal Breaches Consolidated Litigation, No. 06-5116, 2007 WL 3353296 (E.D.La. Nov. 7, 2007);
In re Katrina Canal Breaches Consolidated Litigation, No. 05-4182, 2007 WL 3003001 (E.D.La. Oct. 12, 2007), aff’d, No. 08-30234, 309 Fed.Appx. 836, 2009 WL 290474 (5th Cir. Feb. 6, 2009);
Kerry J. Wright v. Coastal Fabrication, L.L.C., No. 04-1408, 899 So.2d 131 (La.App.3Cir. Apr. 6, 2005).
The Legal Story of the Pennsylvania: A Forward-to-Aft Inspection of a Landmark Admiralty Cases, 45 J. Mar. L. & Com. 319 (July 2014).