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Lloyd "Sonny" N. Shields

Partner

504.299.3232

PROFILE

Sonny Shields has over 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 prosecution and litigation; and general litigation, including appeals. For over 30 years he has been an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School on the subject of the Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure and 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 subjects ranging from negotiation and mediation skills and practices.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Honors

  • 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

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 for the American Arbitration Association
  • Former head of Louisiana construction industry panel
  • 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

EDUCATION

  • J.D., Tulane University Law School
  • M.A. Arch., Tulane University School of Architecture
  • B.A. Arch, Tulane University School of Architecture

ADMISSIONS

  • 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