Lloyd N. “Sonny” Shields

Lloyd N. “Sonny” Shields

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.

Bar Admissions

  • All 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


  • Tulane University School of Law (J.D.)
  • Tulane University School of Architecture (B. Arch. & M. Arch.)

Professional And Civic

Served on the national board of directors for the American Arbitration Association and Former head of Louisiana construction industry panel

Member of Louisiana Supreme Court committee to establish the Civil District Court pilot mediation program: Mediated several hundred cases, primarily in construction

Member of the Louisiana Law Institute Civil Procedure Committee

Active in New Orleans historic preservation:

  • Former president of Preservation Resource Center
  • Former chairman of the New Orleans Historic District Landmarks Commission


  • 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
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • National Bond Claims Association
  • Surety & Fidelity Claims Institute


  • AV Preeminent Rating in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Chambers and Partners, U.S.A.
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Super Lawyers
  • The Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
Lloyd Shields, Author, Louisiana Construction Law Book
Sonny Shields Preeminent AV Rated 2022
Sonny Shields rated Super Lawyers for over 15 years
Shields Law Partners LLP rated 2022 Best Law Firms Regional Tier-1 Construction Law New Orleans
Shields Law Partners LLP acknowledged for 10 Years ranking with AM Best 2022
Sonny Shields
Best Lawyers 2023
Shields Law Partners, LLP, Member, New Orleans Chamber

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