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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 2019. She is listed in Louisiana Super Lawyers as a Rising Star for 2019.

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), and the Louisiana Commission on Human Rights (LCHR); 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 transgender 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
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; United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, 2018
Memberships
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana State, Federal and American Bar Associations
Articles, Publications and Presentations Community Service
  • Knock Knock Children’s Museum, Vice-Chair (2018-present), Board of Directors (2017-present), HR/Personnel Committee Chairman (2017-present)
  • American Heart Association Heart Walk, Executive Leadership Team (2019)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Co-Chair, Kean Miller Holiday Star Project (2009-2010)
Chambers USA
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