J. Douglas Sunseri

J. Douglas Sunseri

Metairie, Louisiana

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.

Mr. Sunseri has participated in litigation involving employees, insureds, employers, insurers, and self-insured funds for property/casualty, employers' liability, employment discrimination, sexual harassment and worker's compensation claims. Other areas of practice consist of personal injury, insurance coverage, flood claims, hazard claims, wind-driven rain claims, business interruption, errors and omissions liability for insurance agents/insurance companies. Mr. Sunseri's practice also encompasses commercial litigation, mergers and acquisitions, incorporations, corporate agreements, employment contracts, licensing for intellectual property, leases, real estate, estate planning, family law, divorce and community property, wills, trusts, special needs trusts and successions including probate disputes. Since Hurricane Katrina, Mr. Sunseri has specialized in a broad range of insurance issues including disaster litigation, insurance coverage, and business interruption. Also, Mr. Sunseri has concentrated in licensing.

Mr. Sunseri's litigation experience includes jury trials in state and federal court. Mr. Sunseri also 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). Mr. Sunseri has conducted numerous seminars on topics involving Hurricane Katrina, land contracting, employment issues, family law, divorce and community property, worker's compensation, special needs trust and estate planning. Also, Mr. Sunseri serves as legal counsel for the Gulf Coast Government Contractors Association (GCGCA), a trade association for securing government contracts in Louisiana and the Gulf Coast region. Recently, Mr. Sunseri was named as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Louisiana by Louisiana Attorney James "Buddy" Caldwell.

From 1988-1998, Mr. Sunseri served as a Contract Advisor for the National Football League Players Association representing over 50 NFL players in various capacities. From 1996-present, Mr. Sunseri was 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 Mike Ditka and Coach Tommy Bowden. In 2005, Mr. Sunseri was legal counsel for obtaining the licensing rights from the NFLPA for the Fantasy Football Board Game. Also, Mr Sunseri is a licensing counsel for Strength Systems, (Strength Shoe) and Athletic Training Innovation (ATI).

Since Hurricane Katrina, Mr. Sunseri has made numerous appearances on WDSU-TV Channel 6 newscast as a legal analyst on insurance issues, and construction issues. 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, WWL 870 AM, USA Today, NBC and other local media outlets in connection with representing clients in the professional sports industry.

Presently, Mr. Sunseri hosts a weekly radio show "All Things Legal" on WWL 870 A.M. / 105.3 F.M. every Sunday from 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. The radio signal for WWL reaches 35 states weekly. Also, the show is streaming at http://www.wwwl.com. Mr. Sunseri has 100,000 listeners each week on his radio show.

Areas of Practice

  • 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

Litigation Percentage

  • 75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • 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, 1988
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • J.D. - 1988
  • Louisiana State University
    • BBA - 1985

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