Representing River Pilots Throughout Louisiana

The Louisiana Pilotage Fee Commission was created to establish rates and fees charged by state-commissioned river pilots licensed to provide service on the Mississippi and Calcasieu rivers. Ezell Law Firm, LLC has over 10 years of experience representing associations of state-commissioned river pilots in applications to increase rates to recover the ordinary and necessary costs and expenses of pilotage.

We are proud of our long history of accomplishments in this unique area of the law. Attorney Andrew B. Ezell has more than 35 years of legal experience and has been the attorney of choice for multiple river pilot associations for more than a decade.

In our Baton Rouge office, we represent state-commissioned pilots on a regional basis, including those from Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.

Getting Fair Recovery of Expenses

Over a period of years, the cost of doing business inevitably goes up, and the cost of living erodes pilot compensation.

Our firm has the knowledge and experience to prepare and support the required applications to secure necessary rate increases. We have helped several river pilot associations secure the increased fees necessary to continue operating safely, efficiently and reliably. In order to secure needed rate increases, a strong rate case must be prepared. We will help you gather and present the appropriate facts, documentation and testimony to successfully present your rate case and can provide authoritative representation in negotiations with the Commission and Industry.

Multi-Year Tariffs

We have been successful in negotiating multi-year tariffs that adjust annually to provide reasonable expense reimbursement and pilot compensation over a three- to five-year period. The establishment of this type of dynamic tariff structure provides dependability of necessary revenue streams and reduces the time, effort and expense necessary to prepare and present a rate case. We are also experienced in rate filings and fund the expense of necessary capital expenditures that are part of a normal course of operating a maritime business.

Contact Us if You Are a State-Commissioned River Pilot Requiring Legal Help

Contact us to learn more about how our experienced river pilot lawyers can help you with your next petition for a rate and fee increase or capital expenditure request.