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Erin Lutkewitte Kilgore


Erin Kilgore is a partner in the Baton Rouge office of Kean Miller and practices in the labor and employment law and litigation groups. She represents local, national, and international clients in cases involving a wide variety of substantive areas in state and federal courts, including the United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana and the United States Courts of Appeal, Fifth Circuit. Erin is listed among the top Labor and Employment lawyers in the State of Louisiana by Chambers USA 2016-2024. She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for 2024 and Louisiana Super Lawyers for 2024, and as a Rising Star from 2019-2022. Erin serves as Chair of the firm's Diversity Council and was appointed as a member of the 2020 class of Fellows of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD).

Erin represents and advises employers on a variety of labor and employment issues, including discrimination, harassment, and retaliation litigation; wage and hour litigation, including collective actions and class actions; administrative proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Louisiana Commission on Human Rights (LCHR), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA); and day-to-day advice regarding the ADA, FLSA, FMLA, NLRB, Title VII, and state employment laws. Erin also represents and advises management on labor relations issues, including unfair labor practice charges and collective bargaining agreements with unions.

In addition, Erin represents clients in general litigation matters, including commercial litigation and defending claims under various theories of law for degradation of the environment.

Prior to joining the firm, Erin served as a law clerk to the Hon. Jay C. Zainey of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Representative Experience
  • Representation of national industrial construction services providers, liquefied natural gas company, and health care and companionship services provider employers in wage and hour collective action and/or class action lawsuits under the FLSA and Louisiana Law
  • Representation of an international chemical corporation in retaliation and wrongful termination lawsuit
  • Representation of a pipeline company in race discrimination, harassment, and retaliation lawsuit brought under federal and Louisiana laws
  • Representation of a pipeline company in resolving claims by crawfishermen for alleged breaches of permits and environmental degradation
  • Representation of multi-state financial company in arbitration of sex stereotyping claims brought by former employee
  • Representation of numerous employers in defending numerous EEOC charges of discrimination, harassment or retaliation, and in defending unfair labor practices charges before the NLRB
  • Representation of fertilizer chemical manufacturer in defending multiple Louisiana Environmental Whistleblower retaliation lawsuits
  • Representation of medical services provider in suit to enforce non-competition clause with former employee and partner that was successfully adjudicated in favor of the employer on motion for summary judgment

Erin earned her B.A., summa cum laude, from Washington and Lee University in 2004. In the summer of 2005, Erin studied abroad at the University of Lyon III - Jean Moulin in Lyon, France. Erin earned her J.D./B.C.L. in 2007 from the LSU Law Center where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Louisiana Law Review.

  • Admitted, Louisiana, 2007; United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana, 2008; United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 2008; United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, 2018
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana State, Federal and American Bar Associations
Articles, Publications and Presentations
Community Service
  • Girls on the Run South Louisiana, Member of the Board of Directors (2022-present)
  • Louisiana House of Representatives, House Resolution 118, Member of the Paid Family and Medical Leave Task Force (2020-2021)
  • Baton Rouge Business Report's "Forty Under 40" (2019)
  • Knock Knock Children’s Museum, Past Chair of the Board of Directors (2021), Chair of the Board of Directors (2020), Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors (2018-2019), Member of the Board of Directors (2017-present), Chairman of the HR/Personnel Committee (2017-present)
  • American Heart Association Heart Walk, Executive Leadership Team (2019)
  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge, Executive Committee At-Large Member (2018), President of the Board of Directors (2016-2017), Vice-President of the Board of Directors (2015), Secretary of the Board of Directors (2013-2014), Member of the Board of Directors (2012-2017)
  • Junior League of Baton Rouge, Past Member
  • Washington and Lee Baton Rouge Area Alumni Chapter, President (2016-2018), Vice-President (2013-2014), Social Chairman (2010-2013)
  • Belly Up With the Bar Committee, Baton Rouge Bar Association (2009)
  • Kean Miller Holiday Star Project, Co-Chair (2009-2010)
Super Lawyers
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