Bruce Shreves

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H. Bruce Shreves, heads the construction/surety practice group in the firm. He is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and Georgetown Law School. Prior to entering private practice, he served with the U. S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, and the U. S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps. He is admitted to the bars of South Dakota and Louisiana, and is a member of the New Orleans, Louisiana State and American Bar Association.

Mr. Shreves has lectured and written on numerous occasions on construction and surety law issues for the American Bar Association and other national programs. He has authored many publications and papers, including the book Louisiana Construction Law, West Publishing (1991), is co-editor of “The Law of Payment Bonds”, American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (1998), and is a contributing author to the Law of Suretyship.

Mr. Shreves is affiliated with the American Arbitration Association handling dispute resolutions in the construction, insurance and surety industry, specializing in complex construction cases and is the recipient of the Martin J. Andrews Award for lifetime achievement in fidelity and surety law. He currently serves as Chair of the Louisiana Bar's Section on Fidelity, Surety and Construction Law. He is a member of American Bar Association Forum Committee on the Construction Industry, and is past Chair of the American Bar Association’s Fidelity & Surety Law Committee, Tort Trial Insurance Practice Section. He has been a frequent speaker on arbitration and mediation topics for the American Arbitration Association, American Bar Association and other groups.

He was named by New Orleans Magazine as one of the “Best Lawyers in New Orleans” in the fields of Construction Law and Alternative Dispute Resolution. Additionally, Best Lawyers has awarded him “Lawyer of the Year” in Construction Litigation, Mediation, or Arbitration since 2012. He has been listed as a Louisiana SuperLawyer in the area of Construction Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution and is recognized as one of their Top 10 Lawyers in Louisiana. He is a member of the American College of Construction Lawyers.

He is a member of the Board of Directors of Bread for the World, and is past President of that organization. He is past President of the Louisiana Bar Foundation's Pro Bono Project. He presently serves on the Board of Boys Town of Louisiana.


PRACTICE AREAS:

  • Construction
  • Fidelity
  • Surety
  • Director & Officers Liability Law


EDUCATION:

  • Georgetown University Law School, Washington, D.C. — JD, 1969
  • Holy Cross College, Worcester, Massachusetts — A.B. History, 1961 – 1965


BAR ADMISSIONS:

  • All state and federal courts in Louisiana
  • All state and federal courts in South Dakota
  • United States Court of Military Appeals, 1970
  • United States Court of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit


HONORS AND AWARDS:

  • 2017 CityBusiness Leader in Law
  • America’s Top 100 Attorneys® Lifetime Achievement Member
  • Best Lawyers
    • 2018 Lawyer of the Year, Arbitration
    • 2016 Lawyer of the Year, Arbitration
    • 2015 Lawyer of the Year, Mediation
    • 2014 Lawyer of the Year, Arbitration
    • 2013 Lawyer of the Year, Mediation
    • 2012 Lawyer of the Year, Construction Litigation
  • Recipient of the Martin J. Andrews Award for lifetime achievement in Fidelity and Surety Law
  • Super Lawyers
    • Louisiana Super Lawyer, 2009 – 2017
    • New Orleans Super Lawyer, 2013 – 2017
    • Top 10 Lawyer, 2010 – 2016
  • New Orleans Magazine “Best Lawyer in New Orleans” 2005 – 2009, 2016, Alternative Dispute Resolution and Construction Law


SELECT PUBLICATIONS:

  • Co-Author, Louisiana Construction Law, 2015 Edition, Thomson Reuters. 
  • American Arbitration Association, Is Mediation Vulnerable to Lawsuits (2007).
  • American Arbitration Association, Mediating the Complex Multi-Party Construction Dispute (2001).
  • Co-author, AGC 79th Annual Convention; Legal Issues For Project Managers: An overview of Construction Law, Delay Claims And the New A-201 Document, March 14, 1998.
  • Co-editor, The Law of Payment Bonds, American Bar Association, Tort Insurance Practice Section (San Francisco, California), 1998.
  • Co-author, The Law of Suretyship, American Bar Association, Tort Insurance Practice Section (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Atlanta), 1993.
  • Co-author, Financial Guarantee Bonds: When Your Client Is Sued By An Unhappy Investor (The Brief, Vol. 21, No. 2 Winter, 1992).
  • Contributing Author Commercial Blanket Bond Annotated, (Tort Insurance Practice Section, American Bar Association, 1991).
  • Co-author, Louisiana Construction Law Manual, (Lawyers Cooperative Publishing, 1991).
  • Contributing Author, Discovery of Dishonesty Under a Fidelity Bond (Defense Research Institute, 1989).
  • Author, “Contractor’s and Surety’s Rights and Liabilities Upon Owner Insolvency: An Update on the ‘Pay When Paid’ Clauses,” The Construction Lawyer, Vol. 8, No. 3 (August 1988).
  • Co-author, Construction Law in Louisiana, (Professional Education Systems, 1985).
  • Editor, Surety Law, (Professional Education Systems 1984).

 
SELECT PAPERS AND LECTURES:

  • Speaker, Baton Rouge Bar Association Construction Law Section, June 7, 2016, How Did I Lose This Arbitration?

  • Speaker, Surety Claims Institute Annual Meeting, Newport, Rhode Island, June 22-24, 2016, Ethical Dilemmas in Mediation and Arbitration.

  • Committee Chair, Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, American College of Construction Lawyers, Amelia Island, March 16-19, 2017, Panel Discussion, The DRB Experience – Common Traits of Effective and Ineffective Boards.

  • Speaker, Surety Claims Institute Annual Meeting, Farmington, Pennsylvania, June 20-23, 2017, Complex Mediations and Settlement Techniques for Sureties

  • Moderator, American Bar Association, Fidelity & Surety Law Committee, 2016 Mid-Winter Meeting, Fidelity Program, Substance and Practice: Mediating the Complex Fidelity Claim and Evaluating Claims Arising from Securities Law Violations; Mediation Panel: Mediation Strategies and Ethical Issues Arising In the Course of Private Sessions with the Mediator, New York, January 21, 2016.
  • Speaker, American College of Construction Lawyers, 26th Annual Conference, Current Trends In Contractor Licensing Enforcement & Other Perils To The Start Of A Project, Miami, Florida, February 20, 2015.
  • Speaker, American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry, Do You Think It's Alright? Pushing the ADR Envelope - Getting Out of the Arbitration Weeds, New York, January 20, 2011.
  • Speaker, ABA, Section of Dispute Resolution , Eight Annual Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Institute, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, November 11-12, 2010.
  • Speaker, Louisiana State Bar Association/ADR Section Seminar, Mediation of the Complex Construction Case: An Overview, New Orleans, Louisiana, October 22, 2010.
  • Speaker, Louisiana Construction Law Seminar, How to "Win" Your Construction Mediation, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, September 24, 2010.
  • Speaker, New Orleans Bar Association, ADR Committee Luncheon, How to Lose a Mediation in Ten Steps, New Orleans, Louisiana, July 1, 2010.
  • Speaker, New Orleans Bar Association, Construction Law Seminar, Mediation of the Complex Construction Case: An Overview, New Orleans, Louisiana, June 22, 2010.
  • Speaker, American College of Construction Lawyers, 21st Annual Conference, The Troubled Project: Strategies For Dealing With The Surety: Arbitration Issues and Alternate Sources of Recovery By the Surety, North San Diego, California, February 18-21, 2010.
  • Speaker, National Bond Claims Association, What Happened To My Mediation - Five Rules To Keep Your Mediation Out Of Court, Scottsdale, Arizona, October 10-12, 2007.
  • Speaker, LSU Construction Law Seminar, Litigating The Multi-Party Construction Defect Case, Mediation of the Multi-Party Construction Cases In the Post-Katrina World, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, September 21, 2007.
  • Speaker, American Arbitration Association, The Construction Mediation Conference, What You Can't Not Know, Is Mediation Vulnerable to Lawsuits? Analysis of Recent Litigation, Miami, Florida, March 30, 2007.
  • Speaker, ABA-TIPS/LSBA 2006 Katrina Program, Mediation - What is it? How Does It Work? New Orleans, Louisiana, May 6, 2006.
  • Co-Chair and Speaker, The Texas Construction Client Doing Business in Louisiana: The General Essential, December 9, 2005, Houston, Texas.
  • Speaker, LSU Construction Law Seminar, Arbitration and Mediation in the Construction Industry, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, October 25, 2004.
  • Speaker, American Arbitration Association, Neutrals Conference, Atlanta Georgia, October 15-16, 2004.
  • Speaker, American Arbitration Association, Neutrals Conference, Risk Interpretation Issues In Construction Arbitration, San Antonio, Texas, March 5-6, 2004.
  • Speaker, "Construction Arbitration", American Arbitration Association, National Forum on Conflict Resolution in the Construction Industry conference, Chicago, Illinois, November 13-14, 2003.
  • Speaker, American Arbitration Association, Mediating the Complex Multi-Party Construction Dispute (2001).
  • Speaker, Fidelity Bond Program, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, November 14-15, 1996.
  • Speaker and Moderator, "Mediation of the Construction Case", The Associated General Contractors of America, Del Lago Resort, Montgomery, Texas, July 31-August 4, 1996.
  • Speaker and Moderator, Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., Sandestin Beach Hilton, Destin, Florida, July 17-19, 1996.
  • Speaker, "Bonding and Surety: Underwriting and Claims Problems in the 90's - The Miller Act", CFMA Construction Financial Management Association, New Orleans, Louisiana, May 7-10, 1995.
  • Speaker, "Update on Louisiana Construction and Surety Law", Louisiana Association of General Contractors, Inc., Perdido Beach Resort, July 7, 1994.
  • Speaker, Law of Suretyship, American Bar Association, Tort Insurance Practice Section, New York, New York, May 1993.
  • Co-author "The Rights And Obligations of The Construction Surety Under Standard Form Arbitration Clauses", (Defense Research Institute Annual Fidelity & Surety Meeting), May 10, 1991.
  • Co-author, "Liability Of Sureties Under CERCLA And RCRA", (Defense Research Institute Annual Fidelity & Surety Meeting), May 10, 1991.
  • Speaker, "Construction Litigation in Louisiana - Theories of Recovery", Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, February 16, 17, 1990.

 
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
    • Chair, Fidelity, Surety & Construction Section 1995 – present
  • American Bar Association
    • Chair, Committee on Fidelity & Surety Law of TIPS, 1999 – 2000
  • South Dakota Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • Chair, TTIPS CLE Board, 2002 – 2004
  • Chair, New Orleans Pro-Bono Project, 2004
  • Board of Directors, New Orleans Bread for the World
  • ABA Forum Committee on the Construction Industry
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Chairman, Fidelity & Surety Committee, 1992 – 1993
  • American College of Construction Lawyers


   

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