Kean Miller LLP Names Four New Partners

Kean Miller LLP is pleased to announce that four associates were elected to the partnership in Baton Rouge and New Orleans offices effective January 1, 2009.   The new partners include:  J. Eric Lockridge (Baton Rouge; Bankruptcy and Business Reorganization, Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property), Hays M. Alexander (Baton Rouge; Business, Corporate, Real Estate, Banking), Laura L. Hart (Baton Rouge; Environmental Litigation), and Stephen C. Hanemann (New Orleans; Admiralty and Maritime).  

About Eric Lockridge

Eric Lockridge is a partner in the Baton Rouge office of Kean Miller LLP. He joined the firm in September 2005 and practices in the Commercial Litigation, Business Reorganization and Bankruptcy, and Intellectual Property groups.  Eric devotes a majority of his practice to litigation. He has tried commercial and tort cases to verdict, and successfully defended judgments on appeal. He currently focuses on bankruptcy-related litigation and complex commercial cases for Kean Miller's construction, energy and financial sector clients.  Eric advises Kean Miller's corporate clients on risk-management and strategic issues, such as corporate structures, document retention programs, and insurance-related concerns. He also uses his experience in intellectual-property and trade-secret litigation to assist clients with negotiating and implementing licensing agreements, joint ventures, non-compete agreements, and other business goals. Before attending law school, Eric served as Assistant Press Secretary to former United States Senator Paul Coverdell of Georgia.  Eric earned his J.D. with honors from The University of Texas School of Law in 1999. In law school, Eric was a member of the National Mock Trial Team and served as associate editor for the Texas Review of Law and Politics. Eric earned his B.A. in Political Science from Emory University in 1995.

About Hays Alexander

Hays Alexander is a partner in the Baton Rouge office of Kean Miller LLP. Mr. Alexander practices in the business group.  He has experience in a wide variety of business transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, offshore construction projects, and commercial and industrial real estate matters.  Hays earned his J.D. from Loyola University School of Law in 2002. He earned his B.S. in Marketing from Louisiana State University in 1999.  Mr. Alexander is member of the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Chapter of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and he a member of the Baton Rouge, Louisiana and American Bar Associations.

About Laura Hart

Laura Hart is a partner in the Baton Rouge office of Kean Miller LLP. She joined the firm in 2003 and her practice concentrates on environmental and energy-related litigation. Laura's litigation experience includes disputes in both federal, state, and tribal court. Her clients are frequently energy, industrial, and construction clients who require representation in complex environmental tort litigation, contract disputes and personal injury cases.  Laura earned her law degree from the LSU Law Center in 2003 and was a member of the Louisiana Law Review. She earned a B.S. in Social Science Education from Northwestern State University in 1997 and was a high school social studies teacher prior to attending law school.

About Stephen Hanemann

Stephen Hanemann is a partner in the New Orleans office of Kean Miller LLP. He practices in the Admiralty and Maritime practice group. He has extensive experience in a wide variety of admiralty issues, including Jones Act, personal injury, oil and gas exploration, pipeline spills, drilling accidents, well blowouts, cargo loss and damage, ship and barge collisions, ship allisions, vessel groundings, lift boat and jack-up rig accidents, dock damage, vessel liens, sunken barges, vessel mortgage filings, product liability, redhibition, commercial lease agreements, and other commercial litigation issues. Stephen has also been instrumental in forming and developing local construction companies and assisting them with various issues relating to contract procurement and negotiation, as well as demolition and remediation services.  Stephen received his J.D. from the Loyola University School of Law in 2002, where he served as a member of the Moot Court program, Moot Court T.A., Treasurer and President of the Student Bar Association. He earned his B.A. in French from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999 and also studied French abroad at the Université Catholique De L'Ouest in Angers, France.

About Kean Miller LLP

With more than 125 lawyers, Kean Miller LLP serves the legal needs of Louisiana businesses and Fortune 500 companies. The firm maintains offices in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lake Charles and Plaquemine, Louisiana and is the largest law firm in the Greater Baton Rouge region. The firm serves clients in numerous industries including energy, petrochemical and chemical, technology and telecommunications, transportation, media and advertising, financial services, insurance, gaming, government and education, healthcare, manufacturing, real estate, retail, construction and leasing.   The firm combines the talent and expertise of its lawyers into multi-disciplinary client and industry teams. These teams are comprised of seasoned legal professionals from a variety of disciplines who are equipped to identify legal and business needs and to develop superior service strategies that provide unmatched support to the client.

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