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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. Erin has represented clients in state and federal courts and before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and the Louisiana Commission on Human Rights (LCHR). Erin represents and advises employers on a variety of labor and employment issues, including Facebook and social media issues;  discrimination, harassment, and retaliation litigation (including under the Louisiana Environmental Whistleblower Statute, La. R.S. 30: 2027,  and Louisiana’s anti-reprisal statute, La. R.S. 23:967); wrongful termination claims; wage and hour litigation and FLSA collective actions; issues involving wage payment, employee leave, and  drug testing; and employment contracts, covenants not to compete, and confidentiality agreements. Erin also represents and advises management on labor relations issues, including unfair labor practice charges and collective bargaining agreements with unions. In addition to her labor and employment experience, Erin also represents clients in general litigation matters, including 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.

Erin is listed among the top labor and employment lawyers in the State of Louisiana by Chambers USA 2016 and 2017.

Representative Experience

  • 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 fertilizer chemical manufacturer in defending multiple Louisiana Environmental Whistleblower retaliation lawsuits
  • Representation of multi-state financial company in arbitration of sex stereotyping claims brought by former transgender employee
  • Representation of international industrial construction services provider in an FLSA collective action lawsuit 
  • 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 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
  • Representation of municipality in numerous lawsuits involving claims of sexual harassment, race discrimination, retaliation, and wrongful termination under federal and Louisiana laws

Education

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. and her B.S. in Civil Law in 2007 from the LSU Law Center where she was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Louisiana Law Review.

Admissions

  • 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

Memberships

  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana State, Federal and American Bar Associations

Articles, Publications and Presentations

Community Service

  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge, President (2016-2017), Board of Directors (2012-2017), Vice-President (2015), Secretary (2013-2014), Executive Committee At-Large Member (2018-present)
  • Knock Knock Children’s Museum, Vice-Chair (2018-present), Board of Directors (2017-present), HR/Personnel Committee Chairman (2017-present)
  • Junior League of Baton Rouge, Past Member
  • Washington and Lee Baton Rouge Area Alumni Chapter, President (2016-present), Vice-President (2013-2014), Social Chairman (2010-2013)
  • Belly Up With the Bar Committee, Baton Rouge Bar Association (2009)
  • Co-Chair, Kean Miller Holiday Star Project (2009-2010)

Reported Cases

  • Broussard v. First Tower Loan, LLC 150 F. Sup. 3d 709
  • Price v. PCS Nitrogen Fertilizer, L.P. 2012 WL 528158
  • PCS Nitrogen Fertilizer v. American Home Assurance Company 18 F. Supp. 3d 763

Chambers USA

Ranked In Chambers USA 2017