Ted Lucas has over 30 years of litigation experience with an emphasis on maritime law including many complex multi-party wrongful death, catastrophic injury, and large property damage cases, as well as Coast Guard and OSHA investigations.  He has successfully defended numerous high exposure, complex cases in federal and state courts throughout the midwest, working most frequently in Missouri, Illinois, Iowa and Kentucky. Ted also has substantial experience drafting and negotiating maritime contracts such as vessel purchase/sale agreements, charters, indemnity agreements and terminal handling and storage agreements.

Representative Experience:

  • Successfully defended a bridge construction company on a wrongful death claim.
  • Obtained summary judgment in state court in the defense of a contractual indemnity claim seeking nearly $2,000,000, and successfully defended the trial court’s decision on appeal.
  • Obtained a defense verdict in federal court on a large property damage claim against a fleeting and harbor service.
  • Successfully litigated Jones Act seaman status in numerous cases.
  • Obtained favorable settlements in numerous Jones Act and Longshore / Harbor Workers personal injury claims.
  • Successfully represented marine transportation companies on cargo and property damage claims arising from collisions and breakaways.
  • Obtained outstanding recoveries on behalf of marine insurers seeking subrogation on large property damage claims.
  • Represented numerous companies in the purchase/sale of vessels, charter parties, and other marine related contracts.
  • Helped obtain a defense verdict on a claim seeking millions of dollars in damages for alleged ERISA violations.

Ted is a Proctor of the Maritime Law Association of the United States, a frequent speaker at maritime law seminars, and a past chairman of the Admiralty Section of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.


  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • Kentucky
  • 7th and 8th Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri
  • Southern, Central and Northern Districts of Illinois
  • Eastern and Western District of Kentucky
  • Nebraska


  • Saint Louis University, 1989
  • Washington University, 1986


  • Missouri Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • American Bar Association
  • Maritime Law Assoc. of the US
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers