James R. Sutterfield

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Insurance Coverage Attorney in New Orleans, LA

Sutterfield & Webb, LLC
 | 650 Poydras Street, Suite 2715
New Orleans, LA 70130-6111
Phone: 504-521-7972
Fax: 504-529-7197
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2010
Licensed Since: 1967
Practice Areas:
  • Insurance Coverage (50%),
  • Transportation/Maritime (30%),
  • Professional Liability: Defense (20%)
Attorney Profile

James R. Sutterfield is a lawyer and partner at Sutterfield & Webb, LLC, in New Orleans, Louisiana. With 50 years of experience practicing law, Mr. Sutterfield represents clients in New Orleans and throughout the Gulf South region in cases involving environmental law, insurance law, product liability, professional responsibility, reinsurance, and transportation and maritime issues.

After earning his law degree from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, Mr. Sutterfield returned to school to earn a Master of Laws in Admiralty Law degree from Tulane University Law School, where he graduated with honors. He served in the Louisiana House of Representatives from 1970 to 1972 and has representated the nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines as its Honorary Consul General since 1997.

Today, Mr. Sutterfield is admitted to practice in the state courts of Louisiana, the federal district courts for the eastern, middle and western districts of Louisiana, the federal district courts for the eastern and southern districts of Texas, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit and the Supreme Court of Texas.

Active in professional organizations, Mr. Sutterfield is a member of the District of Columbia Bar, the Louisiana State Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, the American Bar Association, the Maritime Law Association of the United States and the International Association of Defense Counsel.  He is a Fellow of the American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel.

Throughout his career, Mr. Sutterfield has published articles for legal journals and professional publications on maritime law, insurance and other topics. He has also served as an expert witness in a number of cases.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Insurance Coverage (50%): Insurance, Bad Faith Insurance

Transportation/Maritime (30%): Admiralty & Maritime Law

Professional Liability (20%)

Focus Areas

Insurance, Bad Faith Insurance, Admiralty & Maritime Law

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2010

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About James Sutterfield

Admitted: 1967, Louisiana

Professional Webpage: http://www.swslaw.com/#!attorney7/c1tlw

Honors/Awards:

  • Honorary Consul General of St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Exercising Jurisdiction in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and Texas
  • Phi Kappa Sigma
  • Delta Theta Phi
  • Rated as a "Louisiana Super Lawyer", 2007 - Present
  • Listed in Guide to the World's Leading Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers
  • Listed in The International Who's Who of Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • I am also licensed to practice in Texas.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Member, 1983 - Present
  • Defense Research Institute, Insurance Law Committee
  • Association Internationale de Droit des Assurances, Member
  • Lawyers for Civil Justice, Strategy Group on Mass Torts and Class Actions, Member
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Maritime and Energy Law Commitee, Chair, 1993 - 1995
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Class Actions and Mass Tort Committee, Chair, 1995 - 1998
  • Maritime Law Association of the U.S., Maritime Product Liability Committee, Chair, 1996 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Section of Torts and Insurance Practices, Ocean Marine Insurance Sub-Committee, Chair, 1990 - 1992
  • American Bar Association, Section of Torts and Insurance Practice, Excess, Surplus Lines and Reinsurance Committee, Chair, 1993 - 1994
  • American Bar Association, Section of Torts and Insurance Practice, Standing Committee on Professionalism, Member, 1994 - 1995
  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Member
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member, 1967 - Present
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States, Member, 1980 - Present
  • American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Court Texas, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • Louisiana, 1967

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Honorary Consul-General of St. Vincent & The Grenadines, 1997 - present

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Bad Faith Claims in Louisiana, "Coverage,", Fall 2017. A claim of insurer “bad faith” sets off alarm bells for any insurer and its counsel. It brings a whole new field of law into the litigation. Before, the focus was on liability and damages. Once a bad-faith claim is asserted, a tedious examination of the facts and claims handling, beginning with first notice of the loss, is required. This article discusses three types of “bad faith” claims under Louisiana law: 1. claim alleging bad faith based on failure to settle within policy limits; 2. claims of bad faith asserted by third parties; and 3. claims of bad faith based on failure to defend. Each circumstance is addressed by the article  , Author, Bad-Faith Claims in Louisiana, ABA Litigation Section, Committee on Insurance Coverage, ABA, 2017
  • "Class Actions in a Single Event Occurrences," Declarations, Excess/ Surplus Lines Claims Association, Winter, 1995-1996
  • "Breach of a Liability Insurance Policy," Commercial Damages, Matthew Bender & Company, Chapter 41, 1989
  • Hull Claims Analysis (Board of Editors), 1986
  • "Relationships Between Excess and Primary Insurers - The Excess Judgment Problem," 52 Insurance Counsel Journal 638, October, 1985
  • "Foreign Offshore Workers Injuries in Foreign Waters - Why a United States Forum?," 48 Ins. Counsel J. 472, 1981
  • "Personal Injury and Death Aboard Racing Yachts, "12 Journal of Maritime, Law and Commerce 233, January, 1981
  • "Marine Insurance: Express Warranties and the Wilburn Boat Case," 48 Ins. Counsel J. 76, 1981
  • "In Personam Jurisdiction: How Long is the 'Long Arm' in Products Liability,?" 691 Ins. L.J. 447, 1981

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • AMA Discount, Incorporated v. Seneca Specialty Insurance Company, 697 Fed.Appx. 354, 2017 WL 4005076 (5th Cir (La.) 2017)
  • International Marine, L.L.C. v. Integrity Fisheries, Incorporated, 860 F.3d 754, 2017 WL 2664595 (5th Cir. (La) 2017 )
  • Horton v. Blackrock Aggregates, LLC, 213 So.3d 429, 2017 WL 913922 (La. App 4th Cir. 2017)
  • Plaia v. Stewart Enterprises, Inc., 229 So.3d 480, 2016 WL 6246912 (La. App 4th Cir. 2016)
  • In re Matter of Complaint of Settoon Towing, L.L.C. 720 F.3d 268, 2013 WL 3013868 (5th Cir. (La) 2013)
  • Bayou Steel Corp. v. National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 487 Fed.Appx. 933, 2012 WL 3892827, (5th Cir. (La) 2012)
  • Cline v. Cheema, 85 So.3d 260, 2012 WL 581237(La. App 4th Cir. 2012)
  • Bayou Steel v. Evanston Ins. Co., 835 F.Supp.2d 161 2011 WL 6100444 ( E.D.La. 2011)
  • In re Settoon Towing LLC, 722 F.Supp.2d 706, 2009 WL 4730972 ( E.D.La. 2009) United States District Court, E.D. Louisiana. December 04, 2009
  • Innovative Hospitality Systems, LLC v. Abraham, 61 So.3d 740 2011 WL 1264601 (La. App 3rd Cir. 2011)
  • Bayou Steel v. Evanston Ins. Co., 835 F.Supp.2d 161 2011 WL 6100444 ( E.D.La. 2011)
  • Linares v. Loisiana Dept. of Transp. and Development, 582 So.2d 879 (No. 90-CA-2156, 90-CA-2157) (La. App. 4th Cir 1991)
  • In The Matter of an Arbitration between Petrodrill Engineering N/V, Claimant ,and Offshore Recruiting Services, Inc., Respondent., London, England
  • Felham Enterprises (Cayman) Ltd. vs. Certain Underwriters at Lloyds, et. al. , C.A. 02-3588, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
  • Sphere Drake Insurance PLC, et al. vs. Britamco Underwriters, Inc, Circuit Court of the 17th Judicial Circuit, Broward County, Florida
  • Superior Diving Company, Inc v. Louisiana Workers' Compensation Corporation, No. 98-5151, 249th Judicial District of Somervell, County, Texas
  • Amerisafe, Inc., et al. vs. Zurich Reinsurance (North America) Inc, et al.,No. 01-CV-495,USDC,WDLa
  • Martin v. Louisiana Stadium and Exposition Dist., 349 So.2d 349 (No. 8494) (4th App. Cir. La. 1977)
  • Lapeyrouse v. Texaco, Inc., 670 F.2d 503 (No. 81-2039) (5th Cir. Tex. 1982)
  • Lapeyrouse v. Texaco, Inc., 693 F.2d 581(No. 81-2039) (5th Cir. Tex. 1982)
  • Liberty Mut. Ins. Co. v. Gulf Oil Corp, 559 F.Supp 777 (No. C.V. 82-2102) (E.D. La. 1983)
  • Liberty Mut. Ins. Co. v. Gulf Oil Corp, 725 F2d 293 (No. 83-3354) (La. 5th Cir. 1984)
  • Tai Ping Ins. Co., Ltd v. M/V Warschau, 731 F.2d 1141 (No. 93-3108) (La. 5th Cir. 1984)
  • Robertson v. Geophysical Service, 469 So.2d 22 (No. 84 CA 0307) (La. 1st Cir.)
  • Russo v. F&T Services Corp., 636 F.Supp. 897 (No. C.A. 83-5100) (E.D> LA. 1986)
  • Gulf Fleet Marine Operations, Inc. v. Wartsila Power, Inc., 797 F.2d 257 (No. 85-3592) (La. 5th Cir. 1986)
  • Stipelcovich v. Sand Dollar Marine, Inc., 805 F.2d 599 (No. 85-3656) (5th Cir. La. 1988)
  • Copous v. ODECO Oil & Gas Co., 835 F.2d 115 (No. 87-3132) (5th Cir. La. 1988)
  • Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America v. Odom Offshore Surveys, Inc., 697 F.Supp. 921 (No. C.A. 84-2451) (E.D. La. 1988)
  • Locker v. Wilson, 536 So.2d 441 (No. 20,013-CA) (La. App 2nd Cir 1988)
  • Natural Gas Pipeline Co. of America v. Odom Offshore Surveys, Inc., 889 F.2d 633 (No.-88-3812) (5th Circ. La. 1989)
  • Three Buoys Houseboat Vacations U.S.A., Ltd. v. Morts, 878 F.2d 1096 (8th Cir. 1989)
  • Complaint of Three Buoys Houseboat Vacations U.S.A., Ltd, 698 F.Supp. 958 (E.D. Mo 1988)
  • Davis & Sons, Inc v. Gulf Oil Corp, 919 F.2d. 313 (No. 903035) (La. 5th Cir. 1990)
  • Levene v. Pintail Enerprises, Inc, 943 F.2d 528 (No. 904155) (La. 5th Cir. 1991)
  • Eddy v. Inland Bay Drilling & Workover, Inc., 784 F.Supp. 370 (No. C.A.G-91-417) (S.D.Tex. 1992)
  • Perron v. Bell Maintenance and Fabricators, Inc, 970 F.2d. 1409 (No. 91-3351) (La. 5th Cir. 1992)
  • Audler v. Board of Com'rs of Port of New Orleans, 617 So.2d 73, (No. 92-CA-1699) (La. App. 4th Cir 1993)
  • First Nat. Bank of Jefferson v. Lloyd's Underwriters, 632 So.2d 391(No. 93-CA-734, No. 93-CA-735) (La. App. 5th Cir. 1994)
  • Hodgen v. Forest Oil Corp, 862 F.Supp 1552 (No. C.A. 93-0322) (W.D. La. 1994)
  • Hodgen v. Forest Oil Corp, 862 F.Supp 1560 (No. C.A. 93-0322) (W.D. La. 1994)
  • Hodgen v. Forest Oil Corp, 862 F.Supp 1567 (No. C.A. 93-0322) (W.D. La. 1994)
  • Smith v. Arcadian Corp., 657 So.2d 464 (No. 95-97) (Louisiana App. 3rd Cir 1995)
  • Insurance Co. of North America v. West of England Ship Owners Mut. Ins. Ass'n, 890 F.Supp 1296 (C.A. 93-076) (E.D. La. 1995)
  • Hodgen v. Forest Oil Corp, 87 F.3d 1512 (No 94-41244) (La. 5th Cir. 1996)
  • Hodgen v. Forest Oil Corp, 115 F.3d. 358 (No. 94-41244) (La. App. 5th Cir. 1997)
  • Valley v. Specialty Restaurant Corp., 98-0438, 1999 WL 25625 (La. 4th Cir 1999)
  • Gaylord Container Corp. v. CNA Ins. Companies, 2001 WL 323838 (La.App. 1 Cir., Apr 03, 2001) (NO. (La.App. 1 Cir. 2001)
  • Estate of Patout v. City of New Iberia, 791 So.2d 741 (La.App. 3 Cir., Jun 27, 2001) (NO. (La.App. 3 Cir. 2001)
  • Squirrel Run Investment Group, Inc. v. City of New Iberia, 791 So.2d 748 (La.App. 3 Cir., Jun 27, 2001) (NO. (La.App. 3 Cir. 2001)
  • Green v. BDI Pharmaceuticals, 803 So. 2d 68 (2 Cir. 10/31/01) (La.App. 2 Cir 2001)
  • Francisco v. Stolt Achievement MT, 293 F.3d 270; 2002 AMC 1529, July 3, 2002, writ den (5th Cir. 2002)
  • McAtee v. Chevron USA, Inc., 2003 WL 22533620 (E.D.La. 2003)
  • Miller v. Morton, 901 So.2d 600 (La.App. 5 Cir. 2005)
  • New York Marine and General Ins. Co. v. McDermott Intern., Inc., 2005 WL 1400450 (E.D.La 2005)
  • Weaver v. CCA Industries, Inc., 529 F.3d 335 (5th Cir.(La.) 2008)
  • Bayou Steel v. Evanston Ins. Co., 2008 WL 4758629 (E.D.La. 2008)
  • Maryland Cas. Co. v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 2009 WL 1766856 (M.D.La 2009)
  • In re Settoon Towing LLC, 2009 WL 1941337 (E.D.La 2009)
  • Bill Ward Builders, LLC v. Low Group, Inc., 2009 WL 1940860 (E.D.La. 2009)
  • Bill Ward Builders, LLC v. Low Group, Inc., 2009 WL 2370678 (E.D.La. 2009)
  • Boudreaux v. Able Supply Co., 19 So.3d 1263 (La.App. 3 Cir. 2009)
  • Bayou Steel Corp. v. Evanston Ins. Co., 354 Fed.Appx. 9 (5th Cir.(La.) 2009)
  • Church Mut. Ins. Co. v. Hebert, 2010 WL 1006642 (W.D.La. 2010)
  • State Nat'l Ins Co., et al. v. Settoon Tow., et al., EDLa 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 113717
  • Bayou Steel v. Evanston Ins.CIV.A. 07-1034, 2011 WL 6100444 (E.D. La. Dec. 7, 2011)
  • Bayou Steel Corp. v. Nat'l Union, 642 F.3d 506, 507 (5th Cir. 2011)
  • Bayou Steel v. Evanston Ins. Co., 2010 WL 2545202 (E.D.La. Jun 16, 2010)

Educational Background:

  • Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana, LL.M., Master of Law(s), With Distinction, Major: Admiralty, 1981
  • University of Texas, Austin, Texas
  • Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana

Industry Groups

  • Insurance
  • Maritime
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650 Poydras Street
Suite 2715
New Orleans, LA 70130-6111

Phone: 504-521-7972

Fax: 504-529-7197

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