Elizabeth L. Gordon


Betsy Gordon, a partner in Shields Law Partners, concentrates her practice in the areas of construction/surety law and commercial litigation. She has experience representing owners, contractors, subcontractors, and design professionals in all aspects of construction from contract negotiation and drafting, claim drafting and counseling during construction, and claims resolution in state and federal courts and before arbitration panels. Betsy has handled these issues involving private owners and state and federal agencies. She has handled state and public lien law claims and federal Miller Act claims. Other practice areas include commercial litigation, products liability, and mass tort litigation.

Betsy regularly lectures on construction law topics, including Louisiana lien law, general Louisiana and Federal construction law, construction defect insurance law and surety law.  Betsy is a member of the Board of the Surety Claims Institute.

Bar Admissions

  • All Louisiana State courts
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern, Western and Middle Districts of Louisiana
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.


  • Loyola University School of Law (J. D.)
  • Tulane University, A. B. Freeman School of Business (B. S. in Management and Marketing)


  • American Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Surety Claims Institute: Board member
  • National Bond Claims Association
  • Surety Association of Louisiana
  • Louisiana Associated General Contractors
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • National Association of Women in Construction: former president and Board member, New Orleans chapter.

Seminars Presented

  • Dealing with the Regulators and the Unfair Claim Settlement Practice Acts, State and Federal
  • Construction Contracts from Start to Finish
  • Construction Defect Litigation: From A to Z
  • Civil Trial: Everything you need to Know
  • Bad Plans and Specifications: A Contractor’s Perspective
  • Contractor’s Dilemma of Dealing with Bad Plans and Specs
  • Obtaining Surety Bonds for Construction Projects
  • Troubleshooting Construction Project Legal Issues
  • Construction Law: Advanced Issues and Answers
  • Construction Law in Louisiana
  • Managing Construction Projects in Louisiana
  • Construction Lien Law in Louisiana
  • Fundamentals of Construction Contracts in Louisiana: Understanding the Issues
  • Construction Law in Louisiana
  • Construction Defects Liability in Louisiana
  • Top Property Insurance Bad Faith Claims
  • What to Do When Construction Projects Go Bad
  • Fundamentals of Construction Contracts: Understanding the Issues
  • Managing Complex Construction Law Issues
  • Resolving Problems and Disputes on Construction Projects
  • Proving Damages Caused by Mold
  • The Mold Challenge in LA
Betsy Gordon
Betsy Gordon
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