Since 1995, Lou has represented employers, vessel owners and other related maritime interests, principally in the defense of seamen’s personal injury and passenger claims, but also in various employment disputes (including state and federal harassment and discrimination claims), insurance coverage issues and contractual matters. Lou also advises various maritime entities in corporate matters, risk assessment and response and loss prevention. As an active member of the King County Bar Association, Mr. Shields serves as a mediator and arbitrator under the Washington State Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution program and frequently holds employee training seminars on preventing workplace harassment and discrimination.
Lou obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Public Policy, with honors, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1991) and his Juris Doctor degree from Vanderbilt University Law School (1995). Lou is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and the Hawaii State Bar Association. He is admitted to practice before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Courts in Washington and Hawaii.