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G. Trippe Hawthorne

Trippe Hawthorne is a partner in the Baton Rouge office of Kean Miller. He joined the firm in 2004 and practices in the construction, ADR and business litigation groups. Trippe has experience in all phases of the construction industry and in a wide variety of commercial litigation, and general litigation matters, including design and construction contracting and dispute resolution across all sectors, including industrial, commercial, public, and residential; public bidding and procurement challenges; and public and private works lien laws. Trippe has experience with administrative law and occupational licensing law, having served as General Counsel for the Louisiana State Licensing Board of Contractors. Trippe also has insight into the Federal Court system, having served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable John V. Parker, United States District Court, Middle District of Louisiana, from 1995 to 1996.

Trippe serves as a special advisor to the Louisiana Law Institute Security Devices Committee for its Private Works Act Revision Project and is a frequent speaker on construction and design related topics such as the Louisiana contractor's licensing law, industrial engineering and construction contracting and procurement, construction industry issues, heavily negotiated contract provisions, and public bid disputes, and on broader topics, such as diversity in the legal profession and Alternative Dispute Resolution. He is an arbitrator and mediator with Perry Dampf Dispute Solutions and is listed in the Louisiana Civil Mediator's Registry, maintained by the Louisiana State Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution section.

Away from the office, Trippe enjoys spending time with his wife and three daughters. He also enjoys participating in triathlons, working on bicycles, singing with various groups from his church, and giving back to the community.

Representative Experience

  • Representation of industrial plant owners, equipment manufacturers, and engineers before the Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board (LAPELS)
  • Representation of industrial and commercial owners in all phases of construction project contracting and procurement
  • Representation of a City-Parish government as owner of a telecommunications system in a construction dispute against the engineer of record and a large number of contractors
  • Former general counsel for the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors
  • Representation of contractors in disputes involving publicly bid contracts
  • Representation of a state commission in class action inverse condemnation litigation in a case involving hundreds of millions of dollars in alleged damages
  • Representation of various clients adverse to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development
  • Representation of a large wood products and forestry concern in a patent infringement lawsuit
  • Representation of various owners, contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, and design professionals in construction litigation and in mediations and arbitrations involving contract interpretation, performance, lien rights, and remedies
  • Substantial and significant experience in the Private Works Act, the Public Works Act, Louisiana Oil Well Lien Act, the Miller Act

Education

Trippe earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Baylor University in 1992.  He earned his J.D. in 1995 from the LSU Law Center where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and Phi Kappa Phi.  Trippe is also a member of the LSU Law Center Hall of Fame, and a graduate of the NITA Advanced Trial program and the Harvard Program on Negotiation Mediation Training.

Admissions

  • Admitted, Louisiana, 1995; Texas, 2015; United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana; United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; United States Court of Claims

Memberships

  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana State and American Bar Associations; Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, 1997 to present (Board of Directors, 2016 to present)
  • Special Advisor to the Louisiana State Law Institute Security Devices Committee, for comprehensive revision and update of the Louisiana Private Works Act, 2014 to present
    • Special Reports and Presentations to the Committee and Committee Reporter:
      • Termination of contractor for convenience as basis for notice of termination, September 8, 2017
      • Abandonment as basis for notice of termination, July 29, 2016
      • Survey of Lien Notice Statutes for 50 states, November 20, 2015
      • Jurisprudence regarding General Contractor's Lien Rights for self-performed work even in the absence of a notice of contract, November 21, 2014

Articles, Publications and Presentations

  • Recent Developments in the Louisiana Public Bid Law, Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, August 24, 2017
  • Practice Note: Compelling and Staying Arbitration in Louisiana, Practical Law, 2017
  • Practice Note: Enforcing Arbitration Awards in Louisiana, Practical Law, 2016
  • Heavily Negotiated Contract Provisions, Kean Miller Business Briefing Seminar, March 18, 2016
  • Heavily Negotiated Contract Provisions, Louisiana Engineering Society, September 25, 2015
  • Recent Developments in Private Works Act, Louisiana Bankers Association Bank Counsel Annual Conference, December 10, 2015
  • International Arbitration, Interlaw Americas Meeting, February 2014
  • Louisiana Private Works Act, National Association of Credit Management Conference, March 14, 2013
  • ADR and Mediation: The Next Generation of Dispute Resolution Techniques, Kean Miller Outside Insights, December 6, 2012
  • ADR and Mediation: The Next Generation of Dispute Resolution Techniques, Association of Corporate Counsel, October 12, 2012
  • The Uniform Public Bid Form and Recent Developments in the Public Bid Law, Kean Miller Construction Seminar, December 3, 2010
  • Louisiana’s Contractor Licensing Law, Construction Law in Louisiana, LSU Center of Continuing Professional Development, September 24, 2010
  • Louisiana’s Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Act: Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors continuing education provider

Community Service

  • Burden Foundation: Board of Directors 2013 to present; Secretary 2015 to present
  • Friends of LSU Rural Life Museum: Board of Directors 2009 to present; Vice-Chair, 2014-2015
  • Open Air Ministries: 2007 to present; founder; director of Open Air Bike Repair
  • Friends of Open Air Ministries of Baton Rouge: Founding Director and Board of Directors Vice Chair, 2012 to present
  • Rotary Club of Baton Rouge: 2009 to present
  • A.C. Lewis YMCA: Board of Advisors, 2005-2008, President 2008; Edward D. Grant Volunteerism Award, 2008
  • LSBA Crystal Gavel Award, 2010 recipient
  • National Leadership Board, Fellowship of Christian Athletes-Endurance, 2006-2010
  • University Baptist Church: Governing Board 2012-2014 (Chair, 2014), Deacon and Sunday School Teacher, Sanctuary Choir, Grace Rising Ensemble; Men's Celebration Quartet
  • Baton Rouge Business Report's "40 Under 40," 2008
  • YMCA Rouge Runners Kids Running series: Founder and Race Director, 2006-2010

Reported Decisions and Arguments

  • Parkcrest Builders, LLC v. Hous. Auth. of New Orleans (HANO), 2016 WL 153895 (E.D. La. Jan. 13, 2016)(compelling arbitration)
  • Cajun Constructors, Inc. v. EcoProduct Sols., LP, 2015-0049 (La. App. 1 Cir. 9/18/15), 182 So. 3d 149, 151, writ denied, 2015-1908 (La. 11/20/15), 180 So. 3d 1287 (Louisiana Private Works Act)
  • Waste Commanders, LLC v. BFI Waste Servs., LLC, 2015 WL 1089320 (W.D. La. Mar. 2, 2015)
  • Parish Disposal Indus., LLC v. BFI Waste Servs., LLC, 2014 WL 6886007 (W.D. La. Dec. 5, 2014)
  • Nobles Const., L.L.C. v. Washington Par., 544 F. App'x 263 (5th Cir. 2013) (Louisiana Public Bid Law)
  • Grady Crawford Const., Inc. v. City of Baton Rouge, 2011-0377 (La. App. 1 Cir. 8/17/11), 76 So. 3d 513, 515 (Louisiana Public Bid Law)
  • Lafayette City-Par. Consol. Gov't v. Chain Elec. Co., 2011 WL 4499589 (W.D. La. Sept. 23, 2011)(removal jurisdiction)
  • Tectrans, Inc. v. New Orleans Aviation Bd., 2010 WL 5825424 (E.D. La. 11/18/10); aff’d 2010 WL 8497632 464 Fed.Appx. 199 (5th Cir. 2010) (Airport Concession Procurement)
  • Matte Servs. Corp. v. ONYX Consulting Engineers, LLC, 2007 WL 1087592 (E.D. La. Apr. 10, 2007) (Louisiana Oil Well Lien Act)
  • McConley v. Boise Bldg. Sols. Mfg., L.L.C., 2006 WL 709599 (W.D. La. Mar. 21, 2006)(copyright/architectural works)
  • Cent. Nat. Ins. Co. of Omaha v. Jacobs Constructors, Inc., 2004-0512 (La. App. 4 Cir. 6/9/04), 875 So. 2d 131, 134, writ denied, 2004-1750 (La. 10/15/04), 883 So. 2d 1057 (Construction Insurance)
  • G.D. Womack Trenching, Inc. v. Maitland Water System, Inc., 870 So.2d 579, 2003-1579 (La.App. 3 Cir. 4/7/04), La.App. 3 Cir., Apr 07, 2004 (Louisiana Public Bid Law)
  • Waste Mgmt. of Cent. Louisiana v. Beall, 2003-1710 (La. App. 3 Cir. 8/4/04), 880 So. 2d 923, 925, writ denied, 2004-2642 (La. 1/14/05), 889 So. 2d 269 (solid waste disposal)
  • Oral Argument before United States 5th Circuit: U.S. ex rel. Mathews v. HealthSouth Corp., 332 F.3d 293 (5th Cir. 2003) (federal civil procedure)
  • Ford New Holland Credit Co. v. McManus, 833 So.2d 1130 (La.App. 2 Cir. 2002)(Redhibition)
  • Elder v. Tanner,180 F.Supp.2d 818 (E.D.Tex., 2001); 205 F.R.D. 190 (E.D.Tex.,2001)(patent litigation)
  • Southern General Agency, Inc. v. Safeway Ins. Co. of Louisiana, 769 So.2d 606, (La.App. 3 Cir. 2000)(Insurer/General Agent dispute)
  • Anderson v. Red River Waterway Com'n, 231 F.3d 211(5th Cir. 2000); 16 F.Supp.2d 682 (W.D.La. 1998)(class action; inverse condemnation)
  • Wynder v. Royal Ford Lincoln Mercury, Inc., 721 So.2d (La.App. 3 Cir., 1998) writ den. 738 So.2d 2 (La. 1999)(worker's compensation)
  • Oral Argument before Louisiana Supreme Court: Manning v. Dillard Dept. Stores, Inc., 753 So.2d 163 (La. 1999)(premises liability)
  • Oral Argument before Louisiana Supreme Court: Savage v. Edwards, 722 So.2d 1004, (La 1998) (election dispute)
  • Valley v. Rapides Parish School Bd., 992 F.Supp. 848, (W.D.La.1998); 118 F.3d 1047, (5th Cir.1997) (Wrongful Termination; Civil Rights; Recusal)