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Surety Law

Our lawyers are experts in managing complex surety issues. We counsel and represent sureties in negotiations, mediations, arbitrations and litigation.

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!




Jonathan M. Foster Joins D’Arcy Vicknair as an Associate Attorney

D’Arcy Vicknair is happy to announce Jonathan M. Foster has joined the firm as an associate attorney. Jonathan’s primary practice areas include construction litigation and surety litigation. Prior to joining D’Arcy Vicknair, Jonathan clerked for Judge Robin M. Giarrusso and Judge Lori Jupiter at Orleans Parish Civil District Court. Jonathan is also an adjunct professor at Tulane School of Professional Advancement, teaching Litigation II (Civil Procedure) classes to current and future paralegals.

D’Arcy Vicknair is eager to see Jonathan’s litigation experience and civil procedure knowledge in action as a new member of the team.

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.

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.


Ashley Robinson and Margaret Davis Attend Women in Construction Conference

We are delighted to have Ashley Robinson and Margaret Davis representing D’Arcy Vicknair at the 2023 Annual Women in Construction Conference, held in our nation’s capital, Washington D.C., Thursday, October 19, 2023. The Women in Construction Conference is the East Coast’s premiere forum for education, professional development and networking for women in the build industry. The organization empowers women to continue to grow and achieve success in the community with a “By Women, for Women” motto. Ashley and Margaret spent the morning volunteering with the Check-In Crew, helping check in close to 600 registrants.

D’Arcy Vicknair is proud to once again sponsor this wonderful organization.


Ashley Robinson Attends ABA 2023 Fall Leadership Meeting

As the newly appointed vice-chair of the Design and Construction committee for the American Bar Association’s Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, D’Arcy Vicknair’s own Ashley Robinson was an enthusiastic attendee of the ABA’s 2023 Real Property, Trust and Estate Law (RPTE) Leadership Conference held in Toronto, Canada.

The RPTE Fall Leadership Meeting is exclusive to Section leaders and provides a unique opportunity for sponsoring companies to connect with more than 200 key members who gather to discuss and make decisions for the new fiscal year. Sponsors receive exceptional access to attendees who are among the most active, respected, and influential legal professionals in their fields of practice.

Ashley enjoyed days filled with hearing from renowned speakers, attending quality CLE sessions, and networking with colleagues and sponsoring companies alike, and nights spent enjoying all that Toronto has to offer.