News And Updates

On April 17, 2020 and May 8, 2020, Shields Law Partners presented two webinars regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the construction and surety industries. On April 17, 2020, on behalf of Lorman Education Services, our partners presented a 95 minute long webinar: Construction Industry Issues Caused by COVID-19. The interactive webinar (questions were encouraged)...

On March 25, 2020, and March 27, 2020, on behalf of  Louisiana Associated General Contractors and Associated Builders & Contractors, Bayou Chapter, respectively, Shields Law Partners partners, Lloyd Shields, Betsy Gordon, Adrian D’Arcy, and Andrew Vicknair presented a live webinar on Contractors and Coronavirus – Contract and Other Issues in the Current Environment. The hour-long video...

Shields Law Partners partner, Betsy Gordon, represented the firm at the “Day of Golf,” an annual event co-sponsored by Shields Law Partners (along with Loewke Brill Consulting Group, Clark Hill Strasburger, Ernstrom & Dreste, and Etcheverry Harrison LLP), and held before the National Bond Claims Association’s annual meeting in Greensboro, Georgia.   As Shields Law Partners frequently handles...

On December 4, 2019, Shields Law Partners partner, Betsy Gordon, co-presented at the Nation Business Institute’s seminar: Insurance Bad Faith “Set-Up” in Louisiana. The seminar was presented in Kenner, Louisiana, and provided attendees with the tools and tactics to steer clear of insurance bad faith. Behind every denial of defense, coverage, or settlement lies the potential...

On September 27, 2019, Shields | Mott L.L.P. partners, Betsy Gordon and Adrian D’Arcy, presented a CLE for the New Orleans Bar Association on the Recent Amendments to the Louisiana Private Works Act. This well-attended seminar covered the changes and touched on the new rights and requirements concerning notice, time to file, and priority of...

Shields Law Partners partner, Adrian D’Arcy, moderated a panel at the Pearlman 2019 Conference in Seattle, Washington. Adrian, along with panelists Bill Sanford (The Hanover Insurance Group), Ty Oksuzler (senior consultant at JS Held, LLC), Thomas Vollbrecht (shareholder/attorney at Fabyankse Westra Hart and Thomson law firm), and Pete Fascia (forensic accountant at Matson Driscoll & Damico),...

Surety bonds are a primary, if not mandatory, component of every-day construction projects.  While commercial insurers on a construction project expect losses and adjust insurance rates to cover such losses depending on many factors, sureties do not expect to pay out-of-pocket for bond losses and, instead, require principals and indemnitors to exonerate, indemnify, and often defend sureties in the event of a loss or anticipated loss.  As such, a general agreement of indemnity in favor of the surety usually goes hand-in-hand with the issuance of construction surety bonds.   [Read More...]

The Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal and the Louisiana Supreme Court have been engaged in an extended “conversation” about the significance or the necessity of filing a statement of claim (“lien”) under the Louisiana Public Works Act, a conversation which is turning lien law as practiced for 30 years by Louisiana construction lawyers on...

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