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Construction Law

Attorneys at D’Arcy Vicknair bring years of experience handling the legal, contractual, regulatory, transactional issues and litigations for construction industry clients.

D’Arcy Vicknair Co-Sponsor of the ABA’s Hospitality Tent at the French Quarter Festival

The annual French Quarter Festival took place this past weekend in New Orleans. Billed as the largest free music festival in the South, the French Quarter Festival attracts hundreds of thousands of people over four days. This year, coinciding with the Festival, was the American Bar Association’s Forum on Construction Law Annual Meeting in New Orleans. Along with its esteemed co-sponsors, D’Arcy Vicknair joined with the ABA to sponsor a private hospitality tent at the Festival for all attendees of the Forum. Inside the tent were beverages, private restroom facilities, and a festival guide to answer questions and give directions to different attractions and stages. The hospitality tent was a great success and D’Arcy Vicknair was proud to be a part of it!




Andrew Vicknair to Co-present Seminar for the New Orleans Bar Association: Killer Contract Provisions

On Wednesday, April 10, 2024, D’Arcy Vicknair founding partner, Andrew Vicknair will co-present a seminar for the New Orleans Bar Association’s Construction Law Committee: Killer Contract Provisions. Along with co-presenters Daniel Lund, III, Shailendra “Shay” Kulkarni and Roger Nelson, Andy will delve into the critical aspects of construction contracts, focusing on identifying and understanding the provisions that can make or break a project. Click on the picture below to register:

D’Arcy Vicknair Welcomes William Mumfrey to the Team

D’Arcy Vicknair is pleased to announce William D. Mumfrey has joined the firm as an associate attorney. William’s primary areas of practice are construction and surety litigation. Prior to joining D’Arcy Vicknair, William interned for the Honorable Edwin Lobmard, judge for the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal of Louisiana. William had also become licensed as a Certified Public Accountant for the State of Louisiana. With his background as a CPA, William brings accuracy, attention to detail, and problem solving to the practice of construction and surety litigation.

D’Arcy Vicknair is excited to see the strides William will take with the firm.

D’Arcy Vicknair Attorneys Designated as 2024 Super Lawyers, with Significant Honors to Adrian D’Arcy

D’Arcy Vicknair is proud to announce that Adrian D’Arcy, Andrew Vicknair, and Ashley Robinson have all been designated as 2024 Super Lawyers!

Andrew Vicknair has been again selected to 2024’s Super Lawyers in the fields of Construction Litigation and Intellectual property, and Ashley Robinson has been again selected to 2024’s Super Lawyers in the fields of Construction Litigation and Land Use & Zoning.


While Adrian D’Arcy has been again selected to 2024’s Super Lawyers in the fields of Surety and Construction Litigation, he has additionally been designated by Super Lawyers as one of the Top 50: New Orleans Super Lawyers, and one of the Top 50: Louisiana Super Lawyers. Finally, Adrian has achieved the ten year milestone with Super Lawyers, having been nominated and selected as a Super Lawyer for his tenth straight year.

Congratulations to Adrian, Andy and Ashley!

The Importance of the Recent Amendment to Rule 702 of the Federal Rules of Evidence by Andrew Vicknair

D’Arcy Vicknair founding partner, Andrew Vicknair, recently authored a blog for the American Bar Association and posted on The Dispute Resolver: The Importance of the Recent Amendment to Rule 702 of the Federal Rules of Evidence.



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Adrian D’Arcy and Ashley Robinson Speaking at Procrastinators Program

Ashley Robinson Construction law attorney LouisianaAdrian D’Arcy and Ashley Robinson are honored to be speaking at this year’s New Orleans Bar Association’s Procrastinators Program. Adrian and Ashley will discuss recent Louisiana cases in the field of construction and surety law and the possible import of these decisions to legal practitioners. They will be covering issues such as peremption on claims against sureties under Louisiana’s public works act, the current problems with prematurity of third party indemnity demands, claimants’ recovery under both statutory payment bonds and lien bonds, public bid law, and the expanding negligent professional undertaking claims cause of action.

Join them on the afternoon of Wednesday, December 20 for what should be an informative and entertaining hour of CLE.

For more information on the presentation and on the procrastinators program, click here.

Joseph A. Rychlak Joins the D’Arcy Vicknair Team

D’Arcy Vicknair is happy to announce the hiring of new associate attorney, Joseph A. Rychlak. Joseph’s primary areas of practice are construction litigation, surety representation, and bankruptcy work. Prior to joining D’Arcy Vicknair, Joseph served as a law clerk for in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi, as well as the United States Bankruptcy Court for both the Eastern and Western Districts of Louisiana. He then went on to gain practical litigation experience at various firms in Southern Louisiana, working in several different practice areas, with a focus on bankruptcy and commercial civil litigation.

D’Arcy Vicknair is delighted to have Joseph join the team and his extensive bankruptcy experience will compliment D’Arcy Vicknair’s representation of its surety and construction clients.


D’Arcy Vicknair Designated as Best Law Firm for 2024 by Best Lawyers®

D’Arcy Vicknair is very pleased to announce its designation by BestLawyers® as a Best Law Firm in Construction Law – Tier 1 – New Orleans for 2024!

The designation of “Best Law Firm” is based on a combination of client feedback, information provided on the Law Firm Survey, the Law Firm Leaders Survey, and Best Lawyers peer review.

As we begin to close out another successful year, all of us at D’Arcy Vicknair are grateful for the support of both our clients and our peers to help achieve this great award.

Andrew Vicknair to Co-Present ABA Seminar: 5,280: A Measured Mile, Yes … But, Is It That Straightforward

D’Arcy Vicknair founding partner Andrew Vicknair will be co-presenting a seminar for the ABA Forum on Construction Law on Thursday, October 26, 2023, 12pmET via Zoom as part of the Toolbox Talk Series by D1 – Construction Litigation & Dispute Resolution.

Along with co-presenter, David Ponte of Ankura Consulting Group, Andy will discuss what is and what is not a “measured mile.” Andy will help guide all attendees on how to use the preferred scheduling methodology and ways to effectively counter incorrect applications.

There’s still time to register – click here, or on flyer below.

Two Avenues of Recovery – a Payment Bond Surety and Release of Lien Bond Surety; by Andrew Vicknair

SATCO v Professional Application Services, Inc.



By: Andrew Vicknair

Today, the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal ruled that a claimant, such as a sub-subcontractor, has the right to assert claims against both a payment bond surety and a release of lien bond surety in connection with unpaid claims on a public Project.  The ruling was issued in SATCO, Inc. v Professional Application Services, Inc. and Suretec Insurance Company, 2023-0012 (La. App. 1st Cir. 10/19/23) —So.3d —. 

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Adrian D’Arcy is a Panelist at The Second Annual Blueprint Conference


D’Arcy Vicknair founding partner, Adrian D’Arcy had the honor to again be a panelist at the second annual Blueprint Conference, presented by Riess LeMieux. Along with co-panelist Dan Lund of Phelps Dunbar, and moderated by Murphy Foster of Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P, Adrian imparted his knowledge and expertise to a packed audience on construction cases and legislative update.




The Blueprint Conference serves to provide insight into critical issues in the construction industry including the art of negotiation, modern insurance products, delegated design, owner financing issues, due diligence on private projects, a deep dive on delay claims, and more. The event also provides a unique opportunity to network and learn alongside industry professionals and executives.