616 Girod ST.
new orleans, la 70130

ph: 504-524-5510
fx: 504-524-7887
William J. Sommers, Jr.

Admiralty & Maritime
Insurance Defense
Toxic Torts


Loyola University, B.A., cum laude, 1972
Loyola University, J.D., 1975

Louisiana State Bar Association
New Orleans Bar Association
Texas State Bar Association
Maritime Law Association of the United States
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
Louisiana Association of Business & Industry

William J. "Bill" Sommers, Jr. was admitted to the Louisiana Bar in 1975 and Texas Bar in 1991. He is admitted to practice before all federal and state courts in Louisiana and Texas, the United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits. He received his education from Loyola University (B.A., cum laude, 1972) and Loyola University School of Law (J.D., 1975) where he was Case Note Editor of the Loyola Law Review. He is also a graduate of both National and Advanced Sessions of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy in Boulder, Colorado. He is a member of the Louisiana and Texas Bar Associations, the Maritime Law Association of the United States, the New Orleans Bar Association, the Council on Litigation Management and the Louisiana Association of Business & Industry.

Bill has had thirty-seven years of intense, successful litigation practice in State and Federal Courts in Louisiana and Texas. His experience includes investigation, pre-trial written and oral discovery, motion practice, jury and non-jury trials and non-binding mediations.

Known for his work, Bill devoted two years entirely to the complex Exxon Valdez grounding litigation. Other work includes Jones Act, Platform and Maritime Personal Injury, Premise Liability, Louisiana and Texas State Tort Liability, insurance defense, supervision of outside counsel and in-house trial team. Bill was voted a "New Orleans Magazine Top Lawyer" in 2009.

His significant contributions include:

Loyola College of Law Skills Faculty, 2001-present, teaching the following courses:

  • Deposition Skills
  • Trial Tactics
  • Developing the Theme and Theory of the Case
  • The Art of Persuasion: Influencing Juries When the Law and Facts are Against You
  • Communication Skills for Lawyers

Associate Professor, Trial Advocacy, Tulane University School of Law 2012 - Present

Adjunct Professor, Loyola College of Law, 2008 - Present

Faculty member:

National Institute for Trial Advocacy:

- Gulf Coast Regional Advocacy Program, 2007 - Present
- Gulf Coast Deposition Training Program, 2008 - Present
- National Institute for Trial Advocacy/American Bar Association: National Public Service Corporation
Teaching Program, 2008 - Present
- National Institute for Trial Advocacy/National Disabilities Rights: Network Expert Witness Program, 2008 - Present
- Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy, 2009 - Present
- LSU School of Law Trial Advocacy Training Program, 2010 - Present
- Golden Gate University School of Law Summer Trial & Evidence Program, 2011 - Present
- Tulane Law School Pretrial Civil Litigation Clinic Boot Camp Intersession, 2012 - Present

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