Dabney W. Pettus’ practice is focused on litigation, with an emphasis on maritime and admiralty law. Dabney has represented many maritime and admiralty clients on various issues including insurance coverage, property damage claims, and personal injury (Jones Act and Longshore and Harborworkers Compensation Act claims), and prosecuted and defended both Rule B and C arrests, limitation of liability, casualty investigations (defended vessel owners in investigations by U.S. Coast Guard, NTSB, Texas GLO and other governmental entities), oil spill response, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection administrative proceedings, cargo claims, contract interpretation, and many other aspects of litigation in both federal and state courts. Her maritime and admiralty practice has primarily involved correspondent work for IG P&I Clubs in the Corpus Christi and surrounding geographic areas.
Dabney has also handled other matters in litigation including contested probate and fiduciary litigation, eminent domain litigation, energy law, personal injury defense litigation, and construction litigation.
Dabney has practiced law in Corpus Christi, Texas, for more than 20 years. She is a Corpus Christian native, bringing substantial local insight, knowledge, and contacts into her law practice.
Maritime Law Association of the United States – Proctor Member
AV Rated – Martindale Hubbell
Texas Super Lawyers: Thompson Reuters “Texas Rising Stars” Recipient (2010 – 2018)
“Corpus Christi Under 40” Recipient
Fellow – Texas Bar Foundation
Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
Women’s International Trading & Shipping Association
Texas Association of Defense Counsel
North American Marine Environment Protection Association
Propeller Club of the United States
Federal Bar Association – South Texas Chapter
Corpus Christi Bar Association
Coastal Bend Women Lawyers Association
Leadership of Corpus Christi Class XXXIII Alumni
Rotary International Club of Corpus Christi
Foster Angels of South Texas – Board Member
YWCA Board Member