Attorney, Alton J. Hall, Jr.
Alton J. Hall, Jr. is a native of Natchez, Mississippi. He resides on a small farm in Covington, Louisiana and oversees the firm’s Covington office.
Mr. Hall earned his Bachelor of Science from Mississippi State University where he was a President’s Scholar. He earned a Juris Doctorate from Tulane University School of Law including study at Cambridge England, graduating magna cum laude, was a member of the Order of the Coif, Moot Court, Tulane National Trial Team, and was the recipient of the Dean’s Honor Medal and American Jurisprudence awards of excellence in admiralty, trial advocacy and federal procedure.
27 Years of Experience
Mr. Hall’s background includes work as a scuba instructor, deckhand and Divemaster on a dive and fishing vessel. He also spent several years on the United States Senate staff, leaving Washington to direct a party candidate’s presidential campaign in the southern states. During law school Mr. Hall was employed by the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office. Upon graduation he accepted a position as an associate at Phelps Dunbar handling admiralty and maritime litigation. Thereafter, Mr. Hall assumed a full time faculty position with Tulane School of Law as one of two directors of Tulane’s Criminal Clinic teaching classes in criminal advocacy and handling the in-court representation of indigent defendants. In this position Mr. Hall was counsel in hundreds of criminal cases in matters ranging in diversity from simple assault to murder. He handled the trials of many of these cases as well as appellate work.
Mr. Hall joined Delise & Hall in 1994. His practice focuses on admiralty and maritime matters involving recreational, public safety, technical and commercial divers. He is also an expert in treasure/salvage law, charter party and ship collision litigation. He handles major criminal cases in both state and federal courts. Mr. Hall’s commercial, technical and recreational diving related practice is nationwide and in addition to general bar memberships in Louisiana, Texas and the Mississippi federal bar he has been admitted pro hac vice nationwide at both the state and federal level. He is admitted before the United States Supreme Court, the Federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Federal Maritime Commission as well as numerous Federal and State Courts. Mr. Hall holds Martindale-Hubbell’s highest (AV) rating for ethics and legal skill.
Selected 2018 Elite Lawyer of the South
Mr. Hall was recognized on the New Orleans Magazine list of “New Orleans Top Lawyers” for Admiralty and Maritime Law.
In addition, Mr. Hall has been repeatedly peer selected and rated in Louisiana Legal Leaders Top Rated Lawyers, Top Lawyers for Admiralty and Maritime, Top Lawyers in New Orleans, Who’s Who, Super Lawyers, Top Lawyers in Louisiana, America’s Most Honored professionals – Top 1%, profiled by the National Law Journal and other local, state, national and international recognitions.
Mr. Hall has been a PADI open water Scuba instructor since 1984, with a Master Scuba Diver Trainer rating having provided instruction on every level of recreational diving including numerous specialties. He is a certified NACD cavern diving instructor, a cave diver through NACD, GUE and NSS-CDS, a recipient of the Wakulla award, and holds additional certifications through IANTD and TDI and other related organizations and agencies. He has vast and current experience with rebreather diving and operations, mixed-gas diving, deep diving, cave exploration and wreck penetration. Several of his cases have resulted in changes to the recreational diving standards and procedures. He is an FAA licensed pilot, multiple Ironman triathlete, beekeeper, dog breeder and trainer, mountain climbing enthusiast and avid hunter worldwide. He is the author of numerous published diving legal manuals and continuing legal education articles along with diving, mountain climbing and hunting adventure articles.