JD, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
William J. Sommers has 40 years of experience handling cases in state and federal courts, including insurance defense, complex environmental tort litigation and several years of involvement in the Valdez oil spill litigation. He recently retired as a member of Courington, Kiefer & Sommers in New Orleans. In addition to teaching a course in Deposition Practice and Procedure at Tulane Law, he is an adjunct assistant professor in the Trial Advocacy program and is a faculty member for the civil litigation track of the annual Intersession boot camp. Sommers clerked for U.S. District Judge Jack M. Gordon and has experience in insurance defense litigation specializing in maritime, Jones Act, Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act cases. He teaches advocacy and deposition skills to practicing attorneys through the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy. He also has presented continuing legal education programs for the Jefferson Parish Bar Association, the National Association for Minority and Women Owned Law Firms and the American Bar Association.