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I practiced law for 20 years doing commercial litigation in a large New Orleans firm, and then another 6 years as a solo lawyer.


I now help fellow lawyers in small firms replace their chaotic practices with one so smooth and efficient that it practically runs itself. I do this by teaching them to tap the stunning “automation power” in their computers to slash costs, boost profits, attract ideal clients, and run circles around smug big firm opponents.


The system I teach is the one I used as a solo to make full-time money working half of the time I put in at my old big firm. Any lawyer can learn to do this, even if your current tech skills are limited to sending and receiving emails. In fact, if you passed the bar you easily can learn it in a matter of hours, without disrupting your practice. 


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Lawsuits & Disputes: 45%
    27 years, 150 cases
  2. Franchising: 40%
    22 years, 75 cases
  3. Business: 15%
    22 years



Hourly ($220-250/hour)

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  • Michael John Tonsing

    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.


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Contact info

Svenson Law Firm

6071 Laurel St.
New Orleans, LA, 70118


LAEligible to practice law198507/08/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Gisevius Distinguished Alumni AwardLoyola University School of Law Moot Court1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneySvenson Law Firm2006 - Present
LawyerGordon Arata McCollam Duplantis & Eagan1987 - 2006
Law ClerkHonorable Adrian G. Duplantier1985 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
Thomas More-Loyola Law School American Inn of CourtBoard of Directors2001 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Planet Beach v. RicheyGranting our motion to compel arbitration
Wolfe Law Group, L.L.C., et al. v. Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary BoardLouisiana Ad Rule 7.6 Unconstitutional
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Publication nameTitleDate
Covenants Against Competition in Franchise AgreementsLouisiana law chapter2002
Fifth Circuit ReporterCan a Preliminary Injunction be granted on basis of affidavits alone?1993
Litigation News (ABA)Various articles1992
Litigation News (ABA)Various articles1991
Litigation News (ABA)Various articles1990
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola University New Orleans College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
Tulane UniversityPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Loyola Law School SeminarElectronic Discovery for Solo & Small Firms2009
Louisiana State Bar Ass'n SeminarRequesting Electronic Discovery; Forensics and E-Discovery Vendors Managing the Rule 26(f) Conference2009
LADB SeminarUsing Technology to Improve Cross-Examination2009
Baton Rouge Bar ExpoThe Road to a Paperless Office2009
Solo & Small Firm ConferenceDeveloping a paperless law practice2008
New Hampshire Assn of Criminal Defense AttorneysGathering & working with digital information2008
ARMA annual seminarManaging electronic records2008
Ethics & Professionalism for LawyersE-Discovery law2007
Boise Bar AssociationDisaster recovery for lawyers2006
ABA TechShowTechnology tips for lawyers2005
ABA TechShowInternet tips for lawyers2004