Junior Honorary Member, Louisiana State Law Institute (2014)
Senior Fellow, Legal Research & Writing
Cuthbert S. Baldwin Award
Monte M. Lemann Award
Walter J. Suthon Jr. Award
J.D., magna cum laude, Tulane University Law School (2013); Order of the Coif, Articles Editor, Tulane Law Review
B.A., Baylor University (2007)
Bar and Court Admissions
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana
Elliot is a partner in the firm’s New Orleans office. He represents sureties in all manner of disputes and regularly negotiates and litigates performance bond claims, payment bond claims, bad faith claims, and claims against indemnitors. He often gets involved in matters before a lawsuit is filed and takes a business approach to resolve matters early on and in creative ways. Elliot thinks the best solutions to a client’s problems are not always the most obvious and that in order to resolve a matter most favorably for his client, it is often necessary to think outside of the box.
On the transactional side of his practice, Elliot has negotiated numerous takeovers, tenders, completion agreements, subcontractor ratifications, construction contracts, financing agreements, and collateral agreements. He has also litigated numerous cases through appeal. He has handled litigation in state and federal courts, including bankruptcy courts, as well as arbitration proceedings. Although most of his work is in Louisiana, he has also been involved in matters in Texas, Mississippi, and Alabama.
In addition to his contract surety work, he also assists sureties in handling plug and abandonment bond claims and insurers in handling claims against subcontract default insurance policies. In Elliot’s free time, he likes to relax with his dog, glass of wine in hand, on the balcony of his French Quarter apartment.
A.B.S. Services, Inc. v. James Construction Co., et al., 2018 WL 6718889 (La. App. 1 Cir. 2018) (affirming an award in favor of the surety for $477,569.00 and the dismissal of breach of contract and extra-contractual claims against the surety)
84 Lumber Company v. F.H. Paschen, S.N. Nielsen & Associates, LLC, 2017 WL 467679 (E.D. La. 2017) (won motion for summary judgment and motion for judgment on the pleadings, defeating multi-million-dollar claims brought against subcontractor performance bonds)
Law Enforcement District of Jefferson Parish v. MAPP Construction, LLC, 196 So. 3d 896 (La. App. 5 Cir. 2016) (won motion for summary judgment that dismissed the surety due to a time limitation defense)
Events & Speaking Engagements
Presenter, Pollution Insurance, ABA Midwinter Meeting, Fidelity and Surety Law Committee, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (2018)
Professional and Civic Activities
American Bar Association
Louisiana State Bar Association
New Orleans Bar Association