Sonny Shields has more than 43 years of experience in construction industry litigation and contracts; construction law; surety law (primarily construction contract bonds); insurance defense (including CGL, first party property, and architects’ and engineers’ errors, and omissions coverage); products liability; zoning and planning law practice, including administrative hearings; patent, trademark, and copyright litigation; and general litigation, including appeals.

For more than 30 years Sonny was an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School on the subject of the Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure and has taught for nearly 30 years at Tulane Law School on the subject of Historic Preservation Law. Sonny has delivered more than 200 papers and presents on numerous aspects of construction and surety law, and lectures on those subjects as well as on negotiation and mediation skills and practices.

Honors & Affiliations

Honors & Recognitions

AV Preeminent Rating in Martindale-Hubbell

Chambers and Partners, U.S.A.

The Best Lawyers in America

Louisiana Super Lawyers

The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers

Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • Associated Builders and Contractors
  • Associated General Contractors
  • Charter Fellow, Construction Lawyers Society of America
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • National Bond Claims Association
  • Surety & Fidelity Claims Institute
  • Served on the national board of directors, and former head of Louisiana Construction Industry Panel, for the American Arbitration Association
  • Member of Louisiana Supreme Court committee to establish the Civil District Court pilot mediation program
  • Member of the Louisiana Law Institute Civil Procedure Committee
  • Former president of Preservation Resource Center
  • Former chairman of the New Orleans Historic District Landmarks Commission



  • Louisiana State Courts
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern, Western and Middle Districts of Louisiana
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Fifth and Federal Circuits
  • United States Supreme Court


J.D., Tulane University Law School

M.Arch., Tulane University School of Architecture

B.Arch., Tulane University School of Architecture

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