Kean Miller LLP Names Four New Partners

Kean Miller LLP is pleased to announce that G. Trippe Hawthorne, Alan J. Berteau, Michael J. O’Brien, and Anthony M. Williams have been elected to the partnership effective January 1, 2008.  “Kean Miller LLP is pleased to welcome these lawyers as partners in our law firm.  They have shown extraordinary commitment to their profession, to our clients, and to their communities,” said Gary A. Bezet, Managing Partner of the 124-attorney Louisiana law firm.

About Trippe Hawthorne:

Trippe Hawthorne joined the firm in 2004 and practices in the Litigation and Construction Law groups. He has experience in a wide variety of commercial litigation, construction law, and general litigation matters, including business associations, political subdivisions and local government, attorney’s fees litigation, False Claims Act, class action litigation, and redhibition claims.  Trippe served as a Law Clerk to Judge John V. Parker, United States District Court, Middle District of Louisiana from 1995-1996.  Trippe earned his law degree from the LSU Law Center in 1995 where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and Phi Kappa Phi and is a member of the LSU Law Center Hall of Fame. He earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Baylor University in 1992.  He was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 1995 and is admitted to practice before the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal, the U.S. Court of Claims, and the U.S. District Courts for the Middle, Western, and Eastern Districts of Louisiana.  Trippe is a member of the Louisiana State, American, and Baton Rouge Bar Associations, the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, and the Americans Inns of Court.

About Alan Berteau:

Alan Berteau joined the firm in 1995 and practices in the Litigation, Bankruptcy and Business Reorganization and Toxic Tort defense groups. He represents clients in complex litigation matters involving chemical exposure, industrial accidents, and construction materials.  Alan has particular experience representing clients in class action and mass tort cases involving air releases, long-term exposure and groundwater or soil contamination, and in the implementation of computer technology, including mapping and litigation support software, in the management and prosecution of class action litigation.  Alan earned his B.A., summa cum laude, from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1972. He earned his law degree from the LSU Law Center in 1986.  Alan is a member of the Louisiana State, American, and Baton Rouge Bar Associations.

About Michael O’Brien:

Michael O’Brien joined the firm in 2006 and practices in the Admiralty and Maritime group. He has extensive experience in a wide variety of admiralty issues, including Jones Act and personal injury defense, maritime litigation, oil and gas exploration, drilling accidents, well blowouts, cargo damage, ship collisions, ship allisions, vessel groundings, lift boat and jack-up rig accidents, vessel mortgage filings, product liability, redhibition, as well as premesis liability, construction defect litigation and appeals.   Michael received his law degree from Loyola University in 2001 where he received the Joseph Rault Award for excellence in Admiralty and Maritime Law. He earned his B.A. in Political Science from Iowa State University in 1998. He attended Iowa State on a NCAA football scholarship.  He was admitted to bar in 2001 and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  Michael is a member of the New Orleans, Louisiana State, and American Bar Associations.

About Anthony Williams:

Anthony Williams joined the firm in 2006 and practices in the Admiralty and Maritime, Toxic Tort and Litigation practice groups. His experience includes insurance defense, automotive casualty, commercial litigation, transportation law and governmental affairs. Anthony received his law degree from the Louisiana State University Law Center in May 1999. He received his B.A. from Tulane University in 1996 where he was a Dean’s Honor Scholar.  Anthony was admitted to bar in 2000 and is admitted to practice in all Louisiana state courts and the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  He is a member of the New Orleans, Louisiana State and American Bar Associations, the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, and the New Orleans Association of Defense Counsel.

About Kean Miller LLP:

With 124 lawyers, Kean Miller LLP serves the legal needs of Louisiana businesses and Fortune 500 companies with significant operations in the Bayou state.  The firm maintains offices in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lake Charles and Plaquemine, Louisiana.  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, health care, 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.