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Ernest E Svenson

Lawsuits and disputes Attorney at New Orleans, LA

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also known as Ernie the Attorney

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Reason: Not Practicing
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State LA
    Acquired 1985
    Eligible to Practice Law No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Ernest

Learn Ernest’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Lawsuits and disputes
    I specialize in business disputes that wind up in federal court, although I handle state court cases as well. Among the types of cases I have handled are: copyright, trademark, unfair trade practices, non-compete provisions, anti-trust matters, and securities issues.

    35 years, 150 cases

  2. Franchising
    I have represented companies such as Popeyes, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, and Italian Pie Franchise. In the past few years I have taken on a few cases on behalf of franchisees.

    30 years, 75 cases

  3. Business
    Business advice & lawsuits

    30 years

I worked in a large New Orleans firm for 18 years handling complex commercial litigation cases (think: LOTS of paper). Eventually, soaring overhead, crazy billable hours, and mindless bureaucracy left me completely burned out.

But then I discovered how to become paperless, which enabled me to automate key workflows (instead of begging people to do the work and then stay on top of them to make sure they did it right). My low-cost website attracted a steady flow of clients, which made my solo practice financially successful as well.

Now, I help other lawyers who want to modernize their practices to work less yet earn more (plus spend more time away from the office relaxing!)

I give them a strategic blueprint for leveraging technology that explains everything in bite-sized chunks. And I provide ongoing guidance so that they can keep streamlining their practices week-by-week.

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6071 Laurel St.
New Orleans, LA, 70118

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  • Hourly Rates $ 300-450 per hour


AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Svenson Law Firm
  • 2006 - Present
  • Lawyer
  • Gordon Arata McCollam Duplantis & Eagan
  • 1987 - 2006
  • Law Clerk
  • Honorable Adrian G. Duplantier
  • 1985 - 1987


  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • Tulane University
  • B.A.
  • 1980

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Wolfe Law Group, L.L.C., et al. v. Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board
  • Louisiana Ad Rule 7.6 Unconstitutional
  • Planet Beach v. Richey
  • Granting our motion to compel arbitration


  • Thomas More-Loyola Law School American Inn of Court
  • Board of Directors
  • 2001 - 2011

Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Gisevius Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Loyola University School of Law Moot Court
  • 1998


  • Covenants Against Competition in Franchise Agreements
  • Louisiana law chapter
  • 2002
  • Fifth Circuit Reporter
  • Can a Preliminary Injunction be granted on basis of affidavits alone?
  • 1993
  • Litigation News (ABA)
  • Various articles
  • 1992
  • Litigation News (ABA)
  • Various articles
  • 1991
  • Litigation News (ABA)
  • Various articles
  • 1990
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Speaking Engagements

  • Loyola Law School Seminar
  • Electronic Discovery for Solo & Small Firms
  • 2009
  • Louisiana State Bar Ass'n Seminar
  • Requesting Electronic Discovery; Forensics and E-Discovery Vendors Managing the Rule 26(f) Conference
  • 2009
  • LADB Seminar
  • Using Technology to Improve Cross-Examination
  • 2009
  • Baton Rouge Bar Expo
  • The Road to a Paperless Office
  • 2009
  • Solo & Small Firm Conference
  • Developing a paperless law practice
  • 2008
  • New Hampshire Assn of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Gathering & working with digital information
  • 2008
  • ARMA annual seminar
  • Managing electronic records
  • 2008
  • Ethics & Professionalism for Lawyers
  • E-Discovery law
  • 2007
  • Boise Bar Association
  • Disaster recovery for lawyers
  • 2006
  • ABA TechShow
  • Technology tips for lawyers
  • 2005
  • ABA TechShow
  • Internet tips for lawyers
  • 2004
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (13)
Endorse Ernest
Unknown Attorney | Aug 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Ernie at his legal conference in New Orleans in 2017. As many lawyers already know, there are far too many marketing charlatans out there deceiving lawyers who are seeking to build a successful law practice. But, Ernie is the real deal! Ernie teaches lawyers how to ethically build a successful law practice. I would not hesitate to recommend him to any lawyer seeking to build their practice the right way!"
Business Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ernie is a passionate advocate for helping attorneys build efficient and effective law practices that benefit clients. He has really been a lifesaver for me as I have grown my practice. My clients benefit from all of his goodwill. I would not hesitate to recommend Ernie to anyone who wants to build a client centered practice."
Business Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer."
Business Attorney | Oct 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have admired Ernie's clarity of thinking and the quality of his writing from afar for many years due to his tremendous commitment to the betterment of the legal profession. I would not hesitate to refer any client of mine to him were they to need services in his fields of specialization in his geographic area."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Excellent lawyer on all fronts (brief writing, organizing facts, oral advocacy, etc.). Tech savvy. Efficient. Very concerned about keeping litigation costs reasonable."
Business Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ernie is a sharp legal mind with a knack for cutting through the fat of legal arguments and circumstance, and is the model of attorney efficiency. From a practical perspective, Ernie understands how technology can help the legal profession and his clients, and he leverages the power of technology to save his clients money. Pure and simple. From a legal perspective, Ernie has a gift of looking at a legal issue and seeing its skeleton instantly. He sees the arguments that work, and the one's that don't, and puts the arguments most likely to succeed in his crosshairs. You're in good hands with Ernie the Attorney."
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New Orleans Lawsuits and disputes Lawyer Ernest E Svenson
Ernest E Svenson
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney
New Orleans, LA
Licensed for 38 years