“I’ve been serving the hard-working people of the Gulf Coast for more than 20 years now. I’ve been frustrated by jury awards — fair, sensible awards — being reduced by trial judges or appeal courts, and so I’ve focused my practice on maritime law and Jones Act cases. I always tell my children to focus more, to find one particular thing that they’re good at and ignore the distractions that life throws at them, and I try to bring that advice to work with me every single day. That focus is what helped me pass the Lousiana and Texas bar exam. That focus is what has served me well in depositions, in the courtroom, in everything I do for my clients and their families. And that dedication has taken me to great places: the Board of Governors of the Louisiana Association for Justice and the maritime section of the American Association of Justice.”
When asked why he decided to enter such a narrow, specialized area of law as Maritime Injury Law, Tim Young goes back to his childhood.
“My dad is an attorney, and even though most of his work came from insurance companies or other big corporate entities, that’s not what he talked about at the dinner table. He would always talk about his offshore clients: hardworking, honest men from the coasts of Florida, or Alabama, or Mississippi, or — of course — Louisiana. He was always more interested in telling me those human stories: meeting his clients’ wives, their children, how their broken arm or back injury or skull fracture would make it harder for them to feed and support those families. That was what stuck with me as I grew up, as I went through law school, as I started helping people just like the men my father had helped. Our clients are good people, trying to do the best they can, and we have to honor that in how we serve them.”
As proud as he is of his law practice and the work he does for the people he serves, Tim Young is proudest of his family: his wife, two children (stepchildren, but as Tim says, “I don’t like that term — they’re my children”), and their dog Simon.
Maritime and admiralty lawyer Timothy J. Young graduated cum laude from Tulane Law School in 1993. Licensed to practice in both Louisiana and Texas, he is an active member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and the Louisiana Association of Trial Lawyers, including the admiralty sections of both associations. Mr. Young has given talks to lawyers in other states regarding the practice of maritime law.