J. Douglas Sunseri is founding partner of Nicaud & Sunseri Law Firm, LLC formed in 1994. Since his admission to the Louisiana Bar in 1988, J. Douglas Sunseri has practiced in diverse areas of the law. From 1990-1994, J. Douglas Sunseri worked under Attorney J. William Becknell, the legal counsel for Mr. John Mecom, Jr. and his affiliated companies. Mr. Mecom was the initial owner of the New Orleans Saints and had numerous holdings in oil & gas, hotels, real estate, professional sports, and related businesses. As a result, Mr. Sunseri was fully educated in broad areas of law and business, including estate planning probates, successions, interdictions, trusts, and family law. Also, Mr. Sunseri served as outside counsel for Mr. Tom Benson, former owner of New Orleans Saints, for special projects.
Mr. Sunseri’s practice encompasses estate planning, family law, divorce and community property, interdiction, wills, trusts, and successions including probate disputes as well as prosecuting claims of financial exploitation of the elderly. Further, Mr. Sunseri’s practice includes commercial litigations, incorporations, merger/acquisitions, corporate agreements, employment contracts, licensing for intellectual property, leases, and real estate disputes including partition of co-owned property. Also, Mr. Sunseri provides services for parents with minor and adult children with disabilities including special (supplemental) needs trust and continuing tutorship. Mr. Sunseri has participated in litigation involving, employers, insureds, insurers, and self-insured funds for property/casualty, employers’ liability, and worker’s compensation claims. Other areas of practice consist of personal injury, insurance coverage, flood claims, hazard claims, business interruption.
Mr. Sunseri has conducted numerous seminars and professional education for estate planning, special needs trusts, disaster litigation, insured property damage to homes and businesses, employment issues, family law, divorce, community property and worker’s compensation.
Mr. Sunseri’s litigation experience includes jury trials in state and federal court. Mr. Sunseri practices before worker’s compensation judges with the Louisiana Department of Labor, administrative law judges and Special Masters assigned by the National Football League. He has directed litigation to the United States Supreme Court in connection with the National Football League and the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA). Previously, Mr. Sunseri was named as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Louisiana and served as an expert witness for the Louisiana Attorney General in litigation involving Executive Orders issued by the Governor.
From 1988-1998, Mr. Sunseri served as an Agent for the National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) representing over 50 NFL players in various capacities. Mr. Sunseri has served as legal counsel for licensing agreements involving the National Football League (NFL), NFLPA, Professional Golf Association (PGA), NCAA, Super Bowl, Sugar Bowl, LSU, Tulane, Ohio State, University of Florida, Florida State, Texas A&M, the New Orleans Saints Coach Gerry DiNardo, Coach Mike Ditka, and Coach Tommy Bowden. Also, Mr. Sunseri was legal counsel for obtaining the licensing rights from the NFLPA for a Fantasy Football products as well as licensing counsel for sports apparel companies. Mr. Sunseri continues to represent professional and collegiate coaches for contract negotiations and disputes. Also, Mr. Sunseri has served as counsel obtaining licenses for the Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC).
After Hurricane Katrina, Mr. Sunseri made weekly appearances on WDSU-TV Channel 6 newscast as a legal analyst on insurance issues. Mr. Sunseri has prosecuted in excess of 2000 flood and wind claims since Hurricane Katrina. Also, Mr. Sunseri has served as a legal analyst and sports analyst on WWL-TV- Channel 4, WDSU-TV- Channel 6 and WVUE Fox 8. Also, he has testified on behalf of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry on employment and insurance issues in the Louisiana Legislature. Further, Mr. Sunseri made numerous appearances on ESPN, ESPN Radio, Cox Sports Television (CTS), WWL 870 AM, USA Today, NBC and other local media outlets in connection with representing clients in the professional sports industry and businesses.
Presently, Mr. Sunseri hosts a weekly radio show “All Things Legal” on WWL 870 A.M./105.3 F.M. every Sunday morning from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. The radio show is in its 14th season. Also, the show is streaming at Auducy.com. Mr. Sunseri has up to 50,000 listeners each week on his radio show. In 2019, Mr. Sunseri was named to the De La Salle High School and Sports Hall of Fame for his contributions in professional and collegiate athletics as well as television and radio.
Areas Of Practice
- Hurricane Ida Insurance Claims
- Estate Planning and Trust
- Special Needs Trust
- Succession including Probate Disputes
- Family Law
- Divorce and Community Property
- Business and Corporate Law
- Property Damage and Disaster Litigation
- Employers’ Liability and Workers’ Compensation
- Commercial Litigation
- Personal Injury
- Louisiana, 1988
- U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1988
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 1988
- U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana, 1988
- U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 198
- Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana J.D. - 1988
- Louisiana State University Bachelor of Business Administration - Marketing
- De La Salle High School 1980
Professional Associations and Memberships
- New Orleans, Jefferson, and Louisiana State Bar Associations
- Sports Lawyers Association
- Louisiana Association of Self-Insured Employers
- LA Association of Business and Industry
- American Center for Law & Justice and Louisiana Lawyers for Life
- De La Salle High School – Athletic Hall of Fame
Going through a very NASTY divorce Michelle Sunseri and her staff were super caring, helpful, sincere, trustworthy,and honest. They really went the extra mile. I highly recommend.
Even operating from a position of relative disadvantage, Doug and Katie got it done in spectacular fashion . They exceeded my expectations, and if you need a family law attorney they will exceed yours as well.
I have been working with this law firm for over a year, and they are fantastic, friendly and attentive. I highly recommend their services.
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