Shields | Mott LLP has grown from four attorneys in 1995 to a firm that bears an elite name in Construction Law and Surety Law, with a record of successful litigation outcomes. Our varied other practices enable us to represent clients in related areas including insurance defense, contractor licensing issues, labor relations and employment law, products liability,  and land use and zoning.

Recent demands for Intellectual Property prosecution and conflicts have created an area of substantial growth for our firm. We are conveniently located in the New Orleans CBD but our corporate and individual work is regional.

The firm has attained the highest AV Martindale Hubbell® rating. Many of our attorneys are named in Chambers, Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America and other superlative listings. Our attorneys also have degrees in other areas related to the practices, such as Architecture, Business, Biomedical and Electrical Engineering, Economics and Civil Engineering.

Shields | Mott prides itself on vigorously and aggressively representing clients in the courtroom, at the negotiating table, and in the halls of government. Please contact us so we can demonstrate why our clients made us their firm of choice.


Shields | Mott L.L.P. is pleased to announce that seven of the firm’s lawyers have been named to the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Sonny Shields, Adrian’ D’Arcy, Andrew Vicknair, Betsy Gordon, Jeff Prattini, and Jessica Derenbecker have been recognized for Construction Law and Construction Litigation.  Learn more.

Construction Executive 2020

Shields | Mott was recognized by Construction Executive magazine as one of the Top 50 law firms in the country for Construction Law. Law firms specializing in construction have the unique industry experience essential to guide their clients through a complex maze of compliance and contracts to ensure the health of the construction enterprise. Contractors, developers, and sureties who retain counsellors experienced in the unique aspects of construction law are better equipped to come out ahead when a contract dispute arises. The legal ramifications of a non-specific contract, failing to keep track of new employment and safety laws, and many other risks can more likely be avoided with a capable construction law firm in the client’s corner. Our extensive arbitration and litigation experience of construction and surety cases has proven of great benefit to our clients.

Construction law. It’s what we do.®

In the News

With great pride, we celebrate Shields | Mott L.L.P.’s 25th anniversary November 6, 2020. This remarkable milestone would not have been possible without the trust, support, and loyalty of our clients, friends, and colleagues. Our success over the past quarter-century can be attributed to providing the highest quality legal services and obtaining the best possible results for our clients. We share this time of celebration with our clients, friends, lawyers and employees, all so necessary to both our past achievements and to all our future endeavors.

Senior Partners Lloyd “Sonny” Shields and Norman A. Mott, III, founded Shields | Mott L.L.P. in 1995. From the start, the firm has been primarily devoted to the fields of construction and surety law in Louisiana, while also handling employment and intellectual property matters. Today, Shields | Mott L.L.P. is recognized as one of New Orleans’s premiere construction and surety law firms, and the firm is recognized as one of the Top 50 Construction Law Firms in the country. We serve a wide variety of clients, and as the firm has grown over the years, many of the firm’s attorneys also participate in bar associations and other professional organizations, frequently serving in leadership roles.

For twenty-five years, Shields | Mott L.L.P. has been forward-looking in its approach to business while adhering to the old-school values of integrity, hard work and excellence in all endeavors. We’ve acted as the compass, guide, partner and counsel to our clients, and those commitments will never change. We look forward to continued success as a collaborative effort of friends, clients and our staff. Here’s to another twenty-five!

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