Waits, Emmett, Popp & Teich, LLC


Matthew Popp
Matt was born in Kettering, Ohio.  He left his home town in 1989 to attend Tulane University on a basketball scholarship.  During his summers in college, Matt gained valuable experience as he was employed as a deckhand aboard tugs in the Gulf of Mexico.  He was a Jones Act seaman, and worked with drilling rigs and barges, and also worked in a shipyard.

After completing his Tulane undergraduate studies, Matt attended law school at the Tulane School of Law.  Upon graduating, Matt went to work for Harry Connick, Sr. at the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office as an assistant district attorney.  He tried 38 jury trials and 69 judge trials.  Matt then moved to and obtained his license to practice law in New York.  He worked for a downtown Manhattan admiralty firm that focused on marine cargo recovery claims, defending seaman’s personal injury claims, and inland insurance claims.

An opportunity arose in August of 2000 for Matt to return to New Orleans and work for Emmett, Cobb, Waits & Henning.  He took that opportunity, and has since become licensed to practice law in Texas and Florida.  He is currently licensed to practice law in 4 states and 14 federal jurisdictions throughout Louisiana, Texas, Florida, and New York,   Through August of 2009, he has tried 29 cases for clients of the firm, 22 by judge and 7 by jury.

Recent litigation matters:

  • Defense of tugboat company in a maintenance and cure trial involving a Honduran seaman with an enlarged heart; medical investigation, discovery, and several depositions all conducted in Honduras
  • Defense of dredging company in a seaman’s personal injury jury trial alleging Jones Act negligence, unseaworthiness, maintenance and cure, and the arbitrary and capricious denial of maintenance and cure benefits pending in Texas state court in Rio Grande City, Starr County, Texas, total judgment in the amount of $39,000.00
  • Seven day limitation of liability and three personal injury claimants’ trial conducted in the Western District of Louisiana
  • Summary judgment granted in favor of our client, the defendant ship cleaning company, against plaintiffs who alleged $1.75 million of damages for breach of contract, negligence, indemnity, and contribution with respect to our client’s performance of ship cleaning operations to obtain U.S.D.A. passes for the loading of grain cargo, on the grounds that the contract terms were fully satisfied and no duty was breached
  • Summary judgment granted in favor of our client, the defendant promoter, against plaintiffs alleging antitrust and civil rights violations, on the grounds that plaintiffs failed to present any evidence to support their several causes of action under the Sherman Act and Civil Rights Act (Southern District of New York, Judge Patterson’s opinion at 2005 WL 22833, affirmed on appeal, Rowe Entertainment, Inc., et al. v. The William Morris Agency, Inc., et al., 167 Fed. Appx. 227, 2005 WL 3579360, Second Circuit Court of Appeals)
  • Summary judgment granted in favor of our client, the defendant vessel owner, against personal injury plaintiff alleging negligence under 33 U.S.C. 905(b), on the grounds that none of the three Scindia duties owed by our client to the plaintiff were violated (Eastern District of Louisiana, Judge Fallon’s opinion at 2003 WL 2012382, affirmed on appeal, Pledger v. Phil Guilbeau Offshore, Inc., 88 Fed. Appx. 690, 2004 WL 249597, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals)

Personal experience and qualfications:

  • 38 criminal jury trials, 7 civil jury trials
  • 69 criminal judge trials, 22 civil judge trials
  • Admitted and handling state and federal court cases in Louisiana, Texas, Florida, and New York
  • Admitted in 14 separate federal jurisdictions, including the U.S. Supreme Court, two federal courts of appeal, and federal district courts in Louisiana, Texas, Florida, and New York

Contact: mpopp@wep-law.com


Waits, Emmett, Popp & Teich L.L.C.

1515 Poydras Street
Suite 1950

New Orleans Louisiana 70112

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Email: mpopp@wep-law.com
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