Susan N. Eccles

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Partner
Location:
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Phone:
225-282-0658
Fax:
225-282-0680
Email:

Ms. Eccles is a partner in the law firm of Dunlap Fiore LLC.  She has a Martindale-Hubbell rating of AV Preeminent Lawyer and was selected to the Rising Stars list in Government Contracts and Surety Law by Super Lawyers.  Her practice involves the representation of prime contractors, subcontractors, service disabled veteran owned enterprises, sureties, and insurance carriers.  Ms. Eccles also serves as special assistant attorney general and advises state agencies and municipalities as general counsel.

Ms. Eccles advises contractors on regulatory compliance and licensing concerns, and provides guidance to government contractors on contract novation requirements, name change procedures, submission of certified claims on military construction projects, and voluntary disclosure and resolution of False Claims Act violations.  She assists clients with drafting contract documents, resolving performance disputes, making contract claims, and defending False Claims Act litigation.  Ms. Eccles also represents businesses and insurance companies in general litigation matters and advises sureties on resolving performance and payment bond claims on government and private construction projects.

Prior to joining Dunlap Fiore LLC, Ms. Eccles was a tort litigation associate at an international law firm. Ms. Eccles litigated refinery construction defect matters, defended insurance carriers on casualty claims, and served as coverage counsel. Additionally, she provided leasing and property management advice as local counsel to a national real estate management firm.

Areas of Practice

  • Construction Law
  • Surety Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Government Contracts
  • Corporate Compliance and Licensing
  • Administrative Law

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 2005
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 2006
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims, 2013

Education

  • Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • J.D. cum laude
  • Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • B.A.
    • Major: History

Classes/Seminars

  • Speaker, Louisiana Procurement Policies, National Business Institute, 2016
  • Speaker, Interplay Between Contractor, Surety, and the Government on Federal Construction Projects, American Bar Association, Federal Procurement Institute, 2015

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating
  • Selected to the 2014 - 2017 Louisiana Super Lawyers Rising Stars list.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Louisiana Bar Association, Member, 2005 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Member, 2005 - Present
  • American Bar Association - Forum on the Construction Industry, Member, 2012-Present
  • American Bar Association - Public Contract Law Section, Member, 2012 - Present
  • American Bar Association - Surety and Fidelity Law Committee, Member, 2012 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association, Member, 2006 - Present
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association, Member, 2009 - Present
  • March of Dimes Capital Area Division, Board Member, 2009 - 2011

Past Employment Positions

  • Phelps Dunbar LLP, Associate