Our claims staff, managed by a licensed admiralty attorney, prides itself on providing prompt, courteous, and informed responses on all claims matters, regardless of size or complexity.  By working in close conjunction with our underwriting staff, our claims team gathers a clear understanding of the nature of your operations, with the ultimate goal of resolving claims fairly, quickly, and efficiently.  We have developed a trusted network of surveyors, independent adjusters, attorneys, and other professionals to assist, when needed, in moving claims towards resolution. 


Claims Administrative Team

Marcia Culley:         
   2012 – Present          Senior Vice President, Claims Counsel, JH Blades Marine
   1986 – 2012              Senior Vice President, Claims Counsel, Underwriters Marine Services, Inc.            
   1981 – 1986              Admiralty Attorney
   1981                          Post-Graduate Degree in Admiralty Law
   1979 – 1980              Law Clerk, Supreme Court of Louisiana
   1979                          Law Degree
                                             • Adjunct Faculty, Tulane University School of Law Admiralty Program, 1987 – 1999
                                             • Maritime Law Association of the United States
                                             • Louisiana State and New Orleans Bar Associations
                                             • Former Officer and Director, Louisiana Surplus Lines Association 
                                             • President’s Award Winner, Louisiana Surplus Lines Association
                                             • Former Chairman, Louisiana Surplus Lines Association Legislative Committee
                                                        Direct Line:    (504) 262-5306

Rebecca Cooper: 
   2019 – Present          Marine Claims Counsel Specialist, JH Blades Marine
   2013 – 2019              Risk Director, McDonough Marine Service
   2011 – 2013              Admiralty Attorney, Larzelere Picou Wells Simpson Lonero
   1995 – 2011              Admiralty Attorney, Phelps Dunbar, LLP
   1994                          Law Degree, Tulane Law School
                                                        Direct Line: (504) 262-5312

Rhonda Calecas:
   2012 – Present          Marine ClaimsSpecialist, JH Blades Marine
   1996 – 2012              Claims Examiner, Underwriters Marine Services, Inc.
   1990 – 1996              Underwriting Assistant, Underwriters Marine Services, Inc.
                                                         Direct Line:   (504) 262-5301