Construction Contracts from Start to Finish

On July 20, 2018, Elizabeth L. Gordon, Andrew G. Vicknair, Jessica R. Derenbecker, and Laura E. Avery of Shields | Mott L.L.P. presented “Construction Contracts from Start to Finish” for the National Business Institute. The speakers provided a Louisiana construction contract law update and addressed the types of construction contracts, drafting and negotiating construction contracts, risk allocation in construction, contract termination and claims and ethical considerations.

Elizabeth L. Gordon is a partner at Shields | Mott L.L.P. and has been practicing law in Louisiana since 1992. She concentrates in the practice areas of construction law and commercial litigation. Ms. Gordon has experience representing owners, contractors, subcontractors and design professionals in all aspects of construction from construction contract negotiation and drafting, claim drafting and counseling during the construction and resolution of claims through the use of appropriate state or federal courts or before arbitration panels. She has handled these issues against private, local, state and federal agencies. Ms. Gordon has handled state and public law lien claims and federal Miller Act claims. She has also practiced in the areas of oil and gas transactions and litigation, environmental litigation, products liability and mass tort litigation, and medical malpractice defense. Ms. Gordon is admitted to practice before all Louisiana State courts; U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Western and Middle districts of Louisiana; and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Ms. Gordon earned her B.S. degree from Tulane University Freeman School of Business and her J.D. degree from Loyola Law School. She is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the National Association of Women in Construction.

Andrew G. Vicknair is a partner with Shields | Mott L.L.P. His primary practice includes intellectual property matters; litigation and prosecution of patents, trademarks and copyrights; construction litigation; construction contracts; and commercial litigation. Mr. Vicknair is admitted to practice before all Louisiana, Texas and New York State courts; U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Western and Middle districts of Louisiana; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court; and registered to practice before U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He earned his B.S. degree from Louisiana Tech University and his J.D. degree from Loyola University.

Jessica R. Derenbecker is a senior associate with Shields | Mott L.L.P. Her primary areas of practice include construction and surety litigation, including construction defect claims, payment claims, and claims of general contractors, subcontractors, and owners; contract litigation; commercial litigation; and contract review. Ms. Derenbecker is a member of the New Orleans Bar Association (Construction Division and Young Lawyers Division), Louisiana State Bar Association, Federal Bar Association and the Junior League of New Orleans. She is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Louisiana. Ms. Derenbecker earned her bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University and her J.D. degree from Tulane University School of Law. While at Tulane, she served as a managing editor for the Tulane Maritime Law Journal, as a member of the Tulane Moot Court Board, and as a member of the Tulane Inn of Court.

Laura E. Avery is an associate with Shields | Mott L.L.P.  Her primary practice areas include construction litigation, surety litigation, commercial industry contracts and litigation, insurance defense, property litigation, and labor and employment law.  She is admitted to practice before all state courts in Louisiana.  Ms. Avery earned her bachelor’s degree from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts and her J.D. degree from Tulane University School of Law, cum laude.  While at Tulane, Laura served as a Justice on the Moot Court Board and as President of the American Constitution Society.

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Elizabeth Gordon, Partner, Shields | Mott LLP
Andrew Vicknair New Orleans attorney
Andrew Vicknair, Partner, Shields | Mott LLP
Jessica Derenbecker New Orleans attorney
Jessica Derenbecker, Senior Associate, Shields | Mott LLP
Laura Avery New Orleans attorney
Laura Avery, Associate, Shields | Mott LLP