Michael S. Blackwell

Michael S. Blackwell’s practice focuses on all aspects of commercial construction law, including suretyship, general commercial litigation, construction litigation on both public and private projects, contract drafting and review, entity formation, and general advice during the course of projects.

Michael has litigated construction cases in federal and state courts, as well as arbitration, and has been involved in matters related to service-disabled veteran-owned small business formation (SDVOSBs), corporate dissolutions, project financing negotiations, the Fair Labor Standards Act, contractor defaults, sales and use tax issues, copyright infringement disputes, as well as a variety other matters surrounding owners, developers, general contractors, and subcontractors.



  • Louisiana (2009)
  • Texas (2015)
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern, Western, and Middle Districts of Louisiana
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit


Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana
Juris Doctor, May 2009, magna cum laude

  • Loyola Law Review, Managing Editor – Print
  • Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Moot Court Team, Brief Writer/Oralist
  • William L. Crowe, Sr. Scholar

University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama
Bachelor of Arts in English, Concentration in Rhetoric and Critical Theory, May 2005


  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Association Forum (Construction Law)
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Co-Chair, Construction Law Committee, New Orleans Bar Association, 2016-2017
  • Chairman, Construction Law Committee, New Orleans Bar Association, 2017-2018, 2018-2019
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers – Rising Star 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019


  • Recent Developments in Louisiana Construction Law, CMAA Gulf Coast Chapter (Jul 2018)
  • Construction Contracts from Start to Finish, National Business Institute (Jul 2018)
  • AIA Contract Document Workshop, HalfMoon Education, New Orleans (Apr 2018)
  • Construction Law: Advanced Issues and Answers, National Business Institute (Mar 2018)
  • Construction Defect Litigation: From A to Z, National Business Institute (Dec 2017)
  • Current Issues in Louisiana Construction Lien Law, Lorman (Dec 2017)
  • Recent Developments in Construction Law, CMAA Gulf Coast Chapter (Jul 2017)
  • The Potential Price of Ethics and Liability, Gulf States Engineering Conference (Jun 2017)
  • The Potential Price of Ethics and Liability, Louisiana Engineering Society – New Orleans Chapter (Mar 2017)
  • Troubleshooting Construction Project Legal Issues, National Business Institute (Dec 2016)
  • The Potential Price of Ethics and Liability, Louisiana Civil Engineering Conference (Sep 2016)
  • Construction Law: What’s New? CMAA Gulf Coast Chapter (May 2016)
  • Construction Law: What do You do When…? National Business Institute (Dec 2015)
  • Construction Law, BuildNOLA Small Business Program, City of New Orleans (Nov 2015)
  • Construction Law in Louisiana, U.S. Department of Transportation Bonding Education (Apr 2015)


  • Comment, Insurance, Employment and the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, 55 Loy. L. Rev. 125 (2009)