Stephen M. Larzelere, Sr.

Stephen M. Larzelere, Sr.

Steve is Senior Counsel with Kuchler Polk Weiner, LLC.  He joined KPW in 2017 after spending 22 years with his former firm.  The focus of his practice before joining KPW was maritime defense litigation, including both offshore and inland incidents involving personal injuries and death, collisions, allisions, sinkings, breakaways, towage, well blowouts, dredging and pipeline damage, cargo contamination, and complex contractual defense and indemnity/additional insured disputes.

Steve also has significant experience in environmental and toxic tort litigation involving alleged contamination and personal injury due to oil and gas exploration and production operations, trucking and transportation litigation, general property and casualty litigation, and insurance coverage litigation involving marine, commercial property, energy, and general liability insurance matters.  He has handled oilfield pollution and remediation cases from both a defense and an insurance coverage perspective.  He has tried or handled cases in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Steve is also a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association.

Steve graduated cum laude from Florida State University in 1991 with a B.S. in Finance.  He then obtained his Juris Doctor degree from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University in 1994. While in law school, he worked for the Louisiana Attorney General in the Civil Division, where he prepared opinions regarding an array of state statutes and constitutional provisions and liaised with numerous elected and appointed officials.

Steve lives in Metairie, LA with his wife, Michele, and his two sons.  When he is not working, he enjoys fishing, hunting, and other outdoor activities.



  • Louisiana State Courts – 1994
  • U.S. District Court: Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana – 1994
  • U.S. District Court: Southern District of Texas – 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit – 1995
  • Supreme Court of the United States – 2013
  • Received the highest rating available, AV Preeminent, from Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected as a Louisiana Super Lawyer: 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018
  • In-House Presentation to Marine Insurance Company Claims Department entitled “The Dual Capacity Doctrine Under Maritime Law” (2006)
  • In-House Presentation to Marine Insurance Company Claims Department entitled “Additional Insured Coverage Under a P&I Policy – A Case Study of Naquin v. Elevating Boats, LLC, 817 F.3d 235 (5th Cir. 2016)” (2016)
  • Richard v. Dolphin Drilling Limited, 832 F.3d 246 (5th Cir. 2016)
  • Huntsman, LLC v. Blessey Marine Service, Inc., 2016 WL 1031330 (E.D.La. 2016)
  • Landry v. G.C. Constructors, a JV, 514 Fed.Appx. 432 (5th Cir. 2013), writ denied 187 L.Ed.2d 142, 82 USLW 3011, 82 USLW 3172, 82 USLW 3184 (2013)
  • Grab v. Boh Bros. Const. Co., L.L.C., 506 Fed.Appx. 271 (5th Cir. 2013)
  • Tinoco v. Marine Systems, Inc., 2009 WL 1405029 (E.D.La. 2009)