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Lloyd N. “Sonny” Shields

Sonny Shields has over 42 years of experience in construction industry contracts and litigation; 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; real estate title research; patent, trademark and copyright prosecution and litigation; and general litigation, including appeals. For nearly 30 years he has been an adjunct professor at Loyola Law School on the subject of the Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure and at Tulane Law School on the subject of Historic Preservation Law. Sonny has delivered more than 200 papers on subjects ranging from negotiation and mediation skills and practices to numerous aspects of construction and surety law.


  • 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.)


Served on the national board of directors for the American Arbitration Association:

  • Former head of Louisiana construction industry panel
  • Member of panel of arbitrators (including the limited list of arbitrators for Large, Complex Case Program)
  • Panel of mediators

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

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
  • 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