Mike Lane is a partner in the firm and focuses his practice in the areas of construction and insurance law. His depth of experience in construction, insurance, and commercial disputes allows him to advise and represent clients on a wide range of legal matters. He primarily handles construction, insurance, and suretyship disputes, representing owners, developers, sureties, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers. Mike has considerable experience representing domestic and international insurers in coverage and defense of property damage and personal injury claims. His practice also includes commercial litigation, tort and casualty, product liability, and employment law.
In the construction arena, he advises clients long before a project begins until well after the work is complete. On the front end, his experience includes legal and regulatory compliance, bid disputes, and contract negotiation. Mike assists clients with pressing issues that arise during the project, such as payment disputes, workmanship issues, and unforeseen delays. If a dispute cannot be resolved amicably, he is experienced with litigation, mediation, and arbitration, including trials in state and federal court and arbitration proceedings.
During his fifteen-year career, Mike has litigated numerous complex catastrophic property damage claims arising from hurricanes and tropical storms, such as Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Ike, and Harvey. Mike has personally handled or overseen hundreds of commercial property damage claims, as well as defended insurers in class action litigation stemming from Hurricane Katrina. Mike has also provided coverage analysis for catastrophe claims across the country, such as Hurricane Sandy which impacted the New York/New Jersey metro area, as well as tornado claims in Arkansas, Louisiana, Georgia, and Florida.
Mike’s primary goal is to help his clients avoid costly litigation or arbitration. With his understanding of the complexities of construction, insurance, and commercial issues, he strives to provide practical advice and top-notch legal representation to his clients.
RECENT PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS
In addition to the below articles, Mike serves as a contributing editor to Under Construction and contributes periodically to The Dispute Resolver with the American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law. Mike also serves on the Louisiana Bar Journal editorial board.
- Co-Presenter, How Bankruptcy Impacts Construction Projects, Levelset Presentation, March 2021
- Co-Author, Sanctions for Lost or Destroyed ESI: FRCP 37(e)’s Application Amid the Advancement of Technology, Under Construction, Volume 22, August 2020
- Co-Author, Insurance Coverage for Project-Related Losses Amid COVID-19, Engineering News-Record Magazine, May 2020
- Presenter, I’m Picking Up Good Vibrations – The Risks and Damages Caused by Construction Vibration, Client Presentation, Co-presented with Walter P. Moore, January 2020
- Author, Restoration of Surety’s Right to Enforce Conditional Payment Clauses on State Projects, Surety Claims Institute Newsletter, Volume 33, No. 3, September 2019
- Presenter, How to Keep your Foot out of your Mouth: The Do’s and Don’t of Deposition Testimony, Associated Builders and Contractors, January 2019
- Author, Are CM’s Now “At Risk”?, Under Construction, Vol. 20, Issue 2, December 2018
- Author, Federal Government Escapes Liability in Class-Action Seeking Recovery of Damages Caused by Hurricane Katrina, The Dispute Resolver, August 2018
- Contributor, Succession Planning – Advising Clients on Growth, Transitions, and Continuity, American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law, Annual Meeting, April 2018
- Co-Author, Proliferation of Lead-Exposure Litigation Creates New Risks for Contractors, Under Construction, Vol. 19, Issue 2, December 2017
- Author, Practice Update: Fourth Circuit Affirms Prior Decision on Premature Filing of Statements of Claim Under the Louisiana Public Works Act, New Orleans Bar Association, Construction Law Committee, April 2017
- Author, Practitioners Beware: Fourth Circuit Renders Decision on Premature Filing of Statements of Claim Under the Louisiana Public Works Act, New Orleans Bar Association, Construction Law Committee, May 2016
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Mike assists clients on numerous types of projects, including airports, hospitals, military bases, chemical plants, shipyards, highways and bridges, office towers, hotels, condominiums, apartment complexes, public schools, restaurants, grocery stores, and museums.
- Represented three major subcontractors in a consolidated litigation involving the University Medical Center in New Orleans with claims totaling more than $40 million.
- Represented contractor on roadway construction projects involving claims for extra compensation of nearly $5 million due to unsuitable and unstable soil conditions.
- Obtained summary judgment dismissing several hundred residential property damage claims against a general contractor that performed extensive drainage work in the New Orleans uptown area.
- Defended a commercial property insurer in litigation involving a condominium tower with property damage claims in excess of $25 million.
- Represented a general contractor on several apartment complex projects in Georgia and Florida in disputes with owners over payment and scope of work.
- Successfully resolved claim of more than $10 million on behalf of insulations contractor for extra work performed in industrial facility in Texas.
- Represented mechanical subcontractor in contract disputes with general contractor and federal government related to renovations of Naval and Air Force stations in the Southeast U.S.
- Defended general contractor in several trials in bankruptcy court against claims by government agencies seeking recovery of damages due to suspension of work.
- Pursued claims on behalf of an owner of a ship-building facility in southern Louisiana against general contractor for damages arising from differential settlement.
- Granted arbitration award in favor of electrical subcontractor against general contractor related to work on a public school in New Orleans.
- Successfully defended a movie theater against claims arising from property damage to a nearby restaurant caused by extensive water intrusion.
- Obtained dismissal of claims against a pile-driving subcontractor related to an office building and health club project.
- Successfully mediated dispute on behalf of a developer of a nursing home in Baton Rouge for claims of defective design against an architect.
- Represented a grocery store chain in dispute involving condition of facilities sold in asset purchase agreement.
- Tulane University, J.D., cum laude, 2005
- Civil Law Certificate
- Senior Managing Editor, Tulane Maritime Law Journal
- Phi Delta Phi Honor Society
- Tulane Inn of Court
- Louisiana State University, B.A., Political Science, cum laude, 2002
- Louisiana Supreme Court and all courts of Louisiana
- United States Court of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit
- United States District Courts for the Eastern, Western and Middle Districts of Louisiana
- Louisiana State Bar Association
- Ethics Advisory Service Committee
- New Orleans Bar Association
- Construction Law Committee
- Jefferson Parish Bar Association
- Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
- American Bar Association
- Forum on Construction Law
- Fidelity and Surety Law Committee
- Federal Bar Association
- Louisiana Associated General Contractors
- Associated Builders and Contractors
- Bayou Chapter
- Pelican Chapter
- New Orleans Pro Bono Project
- Distinguished Service Award
- Louisiana State Bar Association
- Crystal Gavel Award
- Pro Bono Century Award
- The Advocacy Center
- Volunteers of America
- Habitat for Humanity
- Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse