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Steven B. Loeb
Steven B. Loeb

Steven B. Loeb

Partner - Baton Rouge

Steven Loeb’s principal areas of practice include building and heavy construction, architect’s and engineer’s professional practice liability, public bid law, American with Disabilities Act, mediation and arbitration. His experience includes litigation of complex multi-party construction matters, drafting legislation and standard form agreements for the American Institute of Architects, and arbitration of disputes between owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, sureties and design professionals. Steven has also handled complex insurance and surety claims all as part of his construction law practice. Steven is a panel arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association, and a Certified Mediator on Americans with Disabilities Act matters through Key Bridge Foundation/U.S. Department of Justice. Steven has taught several courses in the LSU School of Construction and the Southern University School of Architecture. Steven is recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers in the area of Construction.

Education

Loyola University New Orleans, J.D., 1989

Tulane University, Masters in Architecture, 2004

Tulane University, B. A. Architecture, 1982

Tulane University, B.A. Political Science, 1978

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1974-1977

The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, NJ, 1974

Admissions

Louisiana, 1989; Louisiana Supreme Court; all U.S. District Courts in Louisiana; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida; U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida; U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals; U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals; U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Professional Associations

Baton Rouge Bar Association, 1989, past Chairman Construction Law Section

Louisiana State Bar Association, 1989 - present

American Bar Association, Section on Fidelity, Surety and Construction Law, 1989 - present

Member National Council of Architectural Review Boards, 1986 - present

Construction Specifications Institute, 1993 - present

American Institute of Architects, 1982 - present (assoc. member)

Member of the Attorney Panel for the American Institute of Architects National Documents Committee drafting the AIA A201 (1997 Edition)

General Counsel for: American Council of Engineering Companies of Louisiana (ACEC/L)

Defense Research Institute (DRI) Construction Law Section, expert witness

International Code Council (ICC)

American Arbitration Association (AAA) Panel Arbitrator

Associated General Contractors - LA (AGC-La)

Honors and Awards

Ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Louisiana - Construction 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

AV® PreeminentTM Peer Review Rated.

Publications

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Presentations

  • "Delay Claims Against Design Professionals", 2015 Multi-State Engineering Conference, June 2015
  • "Handling Legal Issues in Engineering and Surveying Practice", Legal Issues for Louisiana Civil Engineers and Land Surveyors Seminar, May 2015
  • 2014 Louisiana Public Bid Law
  • Construction Specification Institute - Baton Rouge chapter - Substantial Completion from the Architect’s Point of View; Recent Developments in Public Bid Law (2010)
  • Lorman Educational Services - Construction Law Issues - What to do When (8 hours); AIA Documents (2009)
  • Construction Specifications Institute National Conferences - Practical Alternative Dispute Resolution (2001); Avoiding the Warranty and Indemnity Trap (2004); and Mitigating Construction Disputes (2006)
  • Multi-Housing World Conference Mold Prevention and Effective Remediation
  • Hospitality Design Exposition and Conference Mold Litigation and Risk Management
  • Louisiana State University Law Center Recent Development in Construction Law
  • University of South Alabama - Roof Warranties and the Warranty Trap
  • Twin City Fire Insurance Company, Member of Hartford Group of Companies Dispute Resolution Strategies for Design Professionals
  • National Business Institute - Comprehensive Course in Construction Law for Contractors and Design Professionals
  • Louisiana Joint Engineering Conferences - New Developments in Construction Law Avoiding the Warranty and Indemnity Trap International Building Code as adopted by Louisiana
  • Louisiana Society of Civil Engineers - Design Professional Liability Insurance
  • Louisiana Business Technology Center and Louisiana Residential Contractors Assoc. - Mediation of a Construction Claim with Mock Mediation
  • Chitester Management Systems, Inc. - Standing Neutral - a practical alternative ADR
  • CNA Invited Attorney Conference - Indemnity Clauses
  • Construction Specification Institute - Pensacola chapter - Shop Drawings and Other Submittals Mold Litigation Update
  • Construction Specification Institute - Lafayette, La. chapter - Design Professional Insurance
  • Construction Specification Institute - Mobile Bay chapter - Change Orders, Shop Drawings, ADR and Project Closeout Modern Mold Litigation
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association - Title III Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Associated General Contractors - LA (AGC) Annual Speaker
  • Associated General Contractors – Houston, TX Doing Business in Louisiana Post Katrina
  • American Society of Civil Engineers Louisiana Chapter - Governmental Ethics for Consulting Engineers“
  • American Institute of Architects Mississippi Chapter - Project Close Out, Dispute Resolution, and E&O Insurance
  • American Institute of Architects Louisiana Chapter - Closing Out a Project Dispute Resolution under the AIA Documents Payment and Substantial Completion Certification Copyright and Patent Law for Design Professionals
  • American Council of Engineering Companies of Louisiana - Recent Developments in Governmental Ethics and Public Bid Laws Affecting Design Professionals
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Representative Matters

Represented surety during takeover of bankrupt contractor on projects exceeding $100 million, resolving a majority through negotiation and litigating balance.

Represented a public airport authority who terminated a contractor and its surety for failure to properly and timely perform work resulting in complex multi-party litigation with over $50 million at stake.

Represented a major highway contractor against a public transportation agency in Texas and collected over $2 million for the contractor’s extra work and delay claims.

Negotiated resolution of a complex claim between the general contractor, subcontractors, suppliers and casino developer requiring the on-site personal presence of Mr. Loeb to manage the project to a successful and timely completion.

Lead counsel on $10 million dollar mold and moisture intrusion case representing the public owner against general contractor, surety, architect, developer, insurance carriers and subcontractors.

Handled construction litigation and American with Disabilities cases in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi and Arkansas.

Qualified Expert Witness (in court testimony):

Court appointed expert witness in “Building Construction” and “Americans with Disabilities Act Architectural Guidelines” (August 2001)

“Alethea Rena McCastle v. Lionel Spruel” Suit No. 137,214, Div. “B”, The Family Court, Parish of East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Luke Lavergne, Judge presiding

Expert witness in “Building Construction with emphasis on Public Contracts and Construction” (January 7, 2004)

“City of Baton Rouge and Parish of East Baton Rouge v. Ace Bail Bond Consulting Service” Suit No. 514,889 Sect. 21 19th Judicial District Court Parish of East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Tim Kelly, Judge presiding