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Standing Neutral

Steven Loeb, J.D. CEO

After graduating from the Tulane School of Architecture in 1982, Mr. Loeb worked as an associate architect with the Curtis and Davis firm in New Orleans on projects including the Louisiana World’s Fair and the Greater New Orleans Mississippi River Bridge serving as the only architect working with the engineers on the bridge and connecting highways. In 1983, Mr. Loeb was transferred to Houston, TX after Curtis and Davis was acquired by Daniel Mann Johnson and Mendenhall, an international architectural and engineering firm. The primary projects in Houston were a large public hospital and a rapid rail transit system for Houston, TX.

In 1984 Mr. Loeb returned to New Orleans where he started a design-build firm. After the birth of his son, Mr. Loeb began law school in August 1986. Mr. Loeb worked full time in his design-build business and then later as a full time law clerk, attending law school at night. His daughter was born in the spring of his first semester in law school.

Immediately after obtaining his Juris Doctor, Mr. Loeb joined his present law firm. His law practice focuses exclusively on construction and public bid law, principally as a litigator representing design professionals, contractors and public owners.

In 2018, Steven Loeb founded Construction Project Neutral, LLC.


  • 1974 The Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, N.J.

  • 1974-1977 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • 1978 B.A. Political Science, Tulane University

  • 1982 B.A. Architecture, Tulane University

  • 1989 J.D., Loyola University New Orleans

  • 2005 Masters in Architecture, Tulane University

Practice Area Focus

  • Construction

    • Alternative Dispute Resolution

  • Labor & Employment



P.O. Box 3197

Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70821-3197

Direct dial: (225)381-8050

Fax: (225)387-5397

E-mail: steven.loeb@bswllp.com

Joined Firm – August 1989


  • Louisiana, 1989

  • Louisiana Supreme Court

  • all U.S. District Courts in Louisiana

  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas

  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida

  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida

  • U.S. District Court U.S. Virgin Islands

  • U.S. District Court South Carolina

  • U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

  • U.S. Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals

  • U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals

Honors and Awards

  • Ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Louisiana - Construction 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2020

  • AV® PreeminentTM Peer Review Rated

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)

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

Other Distinctions

Prepared legislation and testified before Louisiana Legislature for major amendments to the Louisiana Public Bid Laws adopted by Acts 2014, No. 759, § 1; Acts 2014, No. 791, § 12

  • Presented statewide seminars on the 2014 Amendments

      • Baton Rouge

      • New Orleans

      • Lafayette

      • Thibodaux

      • Lake Charles

      • Shreveport

      • Monroe

      • Alexandria

Prepared legislation and testified before Louisiana Legislature for major amendments to Contractors statute of repose, La. R.S. 9: 2772, adopted by Acts 1999, No. 1024, § 1; Acts 2001, No. 179, § 1; Acts 2003, No. 279, § 1; and Acts 2003, No. 919, § 1.

Adjunct Professor and Guest Lecturer

  • Louisiana State University School of Architecture (Professional liability)

  • Southern University School of Architecture (Professional liability)

  • Louisiana State University Department of Construction (Contact law)

  • Louisiana State University Paralegal Program (legal research and writing)

Certified Mediator with Key Bridge Foundation through the U.S. Department of Justice

  • Cases involving the Americans With Disabilities Act Architectural Guidelines (ADAAG)


  • Louisiana State University School of Construction Technology

  • Southern University School of Architecture

  • Louisiana Associated General Contractors

  • North American Home Builders Association

  • American Institute of Architects

  • Construction Specifications Institute National Convention

  • Louisiana Engineering Society

  • Tri-State Engineering Conference

  • American Society of Civil Engineering

  • Louisiana Bar Association

  • Louisiana District Attorneys Association

  • Lorman Educational Services

  • University of South Alabama

  • American Council Engineering Companies


  • "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


  • “HIRE NOLA Illegal” March 2016

  • “Affidavit of Notice of Fee Disposition” October 2010

  • “2010 Louisiana Legislative Amendments To The Private Works Act—Benefits General Contractors In An Uncertain Economy, But Creates Uncertainty Regarding Certain Louisiana Lien Law Issues” September 2010

  • “New Legislation: Act 726 (Designer's Estimate) To Amend Public Works Act relative to designer's estimates and to the procedures for bidding” January 2009

  • “New provisions added to the public bid law by amending the key Public Works Act statute” August 2008

  • “New Licensing requirements for Contractors effective January 2009” August 2008

  • “Act No. 598 Significantly Restricts and Alters Public Bidding” August 2008

  • Time is Money: Risk Management Strategy for Building Construction, FOR THE DEFENSE (DRI), August 2008

  • One Lawyer’s Thoughts on Mold Litigation”, Building Envelope Forum (electronic publication)

  • Taking a Stand on Dispute Resolution, CONCRETE CONSTRUCTION published by The World of Concrete (national publication)

  • Contractor’s Liability When Substituting Products, PROFESSIONAL BUILDER MAGAZINE (national publication)

  • AIA - A201: Contract Between Architect and Contractor, or Not?, SPECIFIER published by Construction Specification Institute (national pub.)