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Jessica R. Derenbecker

Jessica Derenbecker, a partner in Shields | Mott, has been with the firm her entire law career. Jessica’s practice areas primarily focus on Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations, construction litigation, surety litigation, commercial industry contracts and litigation, public bid disputes, and construction and commercial arbitration. Jessica enjoys being an advocate for clients in all areas of the law.

Jessica enjoys lecturing on all aspects of construction law topics and other areas of litigation.  Jessica also dedicates her time to working with multiple local organizations, including acting as the Legal Affairs Officer of the Louisiana Surety Association, participating in the Louisiana Associated General Contractors Future Leaders Council, and assisting the Surety Claims Institute with its annual educational program. Jessica is also a graduate of the Bryan Bell Metropolitan Leadership Forum and enjoys giving back to her community.

While at Tulane Law School, Jessica was a managing editor of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal, served as a board member of Tulane Moot Court and was a member of the Tulane Inn of Court. She received a civil law certificate.


  • All Louisiana State courts
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern, Western and Middle Districts of Louisiana


Tulane University Law School (J.D.) (2009)

  • Tulane Maritime Law Journal , managing editor
  • Tulane Moot Court, board member
  • Tulane Inn of Court, member

Louisiana State University (B.A. Summa Cum Laude, Political Science) (2006)


  • Louisiana Surety Association (Legal Affairs Officer)
  • Louisiana Association of General Contractors Future Leaders Council
  • Surety Claims Institute
  • DRI Fidelity and Surety Group
  • DRI Construction Litigation Group
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • Junior League of New Orleans


  • Navigating Louisiana Construction Law From Claim to Judgement, New Orleans Bar Association (Nov 2018)
  • Construction Contracts from Start to Finish, National Business Institute (Jul 2018)
  • The Rules of Evidence: A Practical Toolkit, National Business Institute (May 2017)
  • Troubleshooting Construction Project Legal Issues, National Business Institute (Dec 2016)
  • 10 Things Every Construction Professional Needs to Know, Legally Speaking (Mar 2016)
  • Construction Law: What Do You Do When…?, National Business Institute (Dec 2015)
  • Construction Law in Louisiana, National Business Institute (Jun, Dec 2014)
  • Construction Lien Law in Louisiana, Lorman, New Orleans (Aug 2014)
  • Managing Construction Projects in Louisiana, Lorman, New Orleans (Jun 2014)
  • Fundamentals of Construction Contracts in Louisiana: Understanding the Issues, Lorman, Baton Rouge (Jun 2014)