Areas of Practice
- Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University, J.D. and Bachelor of Civil Law, 2002
- Catholic University of America, B.S. in Political Theory, 1998; President, Phi Gamma Mu National Honor Society
- Louisiana, 2002
- U.S. Supreme Court, 2010
- C.D. Il., 2016
- 5th Cir., 2002
- 6th Cir., 2002
- 11th Cir., 2003
- E.D. La., 2002
- M.D. La., 2002
- W.D. La., 2002
- W.D. Mich., 2010
- E.D. Tex., 2010
- N.D. Tex., 2011
- S.D. Tex., 2008
Joe Lavigne is a partner in Jones Walker's Labor & Employment Practice Group and a lead trial attorney for the firm's Trade Secret Non-Compete Team. His practice focuses on prosecuting and defending claims of employee misconduct including trade secret violations, unfair trade practices, noncompete violations, invasion of privacy, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, and theft. He also advises clients on employment policies and practices and negotiates employment agreements for employers.
Mr. Lavigne's practice also includes labor relations, employment litigation (employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims, and litigation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)), professional liability litigation (legal malpractice, errors and omissions for insurance agents and stockbrokers, and defense of homeowners'/condo associations and their boards of directors), and entertainment law. Mr. Lavigne has represented many clients in the film and television industry regarding these issues, and negotiated numerous agreements between production companies and individual producers, directors, and artists.
Mr. Lavigne is also a founding member of The Trade Secret Insider and regularly presents at legal and industry conferences on issues related to protecting confidential and trade secret information and prosecuting and defending claims regarding the same.
- Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017 (Copyright 2016 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC) in the area of Commercial Litigation (listed annually since 2014)
- Regional Management Chair, Committee on Practice and Procedure Under the National Labor Relations Act, American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment (2014 to present)
- Elected Member of United States Electoral College (2008)
- Total Safety U.S., Inc. v. Rowland, et al. Representing Plaintiff, Total Safety, suit was filed seeking injunctive relief and monetary damages for breach of contract, trade secret violations, unfair trade practices, violation of Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, conspiracy, and other claims. Eastern District of Louisiana granted temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction and also found defendants in contempt of court. Contempt ruling resulted in court ordering a special master to monitor the computer systems of defendants. Relevant decisions can be found at Total Safety U.S., Inc. v. Rowland, No. 13-6109 (E.D. La.) (R. Doc. 84 and 321).
- Kadant Johnson, Inc. v. Joseph V. D'Amico, Louisiana Steam Equipment, LLC and Utilities Optimization Group, LLC
Plaintiff was seeking more than $162 million in liquidated and other damages based on a provision of a non-disclosure, non-competition, and non-solicitation agreement ("NDA") that had been in place prior to the two companies parting ways. The plaintiff claimed that the defendant/client was restricted by a non-competition, non-solicitation, and confidentiality provisions that entitled it to $250,000 per breach. The plaintiff also filed claims of unfair trade practices, trade secret violations, copyright violations, and patent infringement, as well as general breach of contract allegations. Following a two-week trial with 29 witnesses and the admission into evidence of more than 900 exhibits, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana issued a ruling and judgment in favor of defendants dismissing all claims against the firm's client, Louisiana Steam Equipment, LLC and various other related entities, as well as Mr. D'Amico.
- B&G Crane Service, L.L.C. v. Shannon Duvic, Bryan Vige, and Turner Bros. Crane & Rigging, Inc., 2005 1798 (La. App. 1 Cir. 5/5/06), 935 So. 2d 164; 2006 La. App. (NO. 2005 CA 1798). Representing plaintiff, suit was filed seeking monetary damages, a temporary restraining order, a preliminary and permanent injunction and declaratory relief. The Court of Appeals agreed; plaintiff was entitled to a preliminary injunction pursuant to Louisiana's Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law.
- Jones Walker's Labor & Employment Team Secures a Complete Defense Verdict
- 123 Jones Walker LLP Attorneys Ranked by The Best Lawyers in America® 2017
- Lavigne and Lewis to Present at the National Business Institute Employment Law: 2015 Comprehensive Guide Seminar
- 125 Jones Walker LLP Attorneys Ranked in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016
- One Hundred Twenty-Nine Attorneys Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2015
- Jones Walker Introduces Firm's First Blog, Trade Secret Insider
- "Monitoring Employees: Privacy Issues and Employer Risks", November 17, 2015, National Business Institute Employment Law: 2015 Comprehensive Guide Seminar
- The New Union Landscape, November 15, 2015, National Business Institute Employment Law: 2015 Comprehensive Guide Seminar
- 2014 Jones Walker Labor & Employment Seminars, September 25, 2014 and October 16, 2014
- "Mid-Term Congressional Elections Mean Changes, But Not Necessarily The Changes You Want" (Baton Rouge), June 9, 2011
- "Mid-Term Congressional Elections Mean Changes, But Not Necessarily The Changes You Want" (New Orleans), April 12, 2011
- "Harassment in the Workplace" Steel Founders Society of America
- Chapter Seven Editor, How to Take a Case Before the NLRB (Published 2005; Updated 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014)
American Bar Association Section of Labor & Employment Law, 2014
- "Title VII Doesn't Protect Transsexuals, Right?... Wrong!"
Excerpt from Louisiana Employment Law Letter, June 2008
- "Not All Harassment is Black and White"
Excerpt from Louisiana Employment Law Letter, March 2008
- "NLRB says cleaning company’s rules are spotless"
Excerpt from Louisiana Employment Law Letter, March 2006
- "Complying with disability discrimination law without 'going postal'"
Louisiana Employment Law Letter, Vol. 12, No. 11, February 2004
- "What you need to know about short- and long-term disability benefits"
Louisiana Employment Law Letter, Vol. 12, No. 10, January 2004
- "Cashier claims shortchanged by employer"
Louisiana Employment Law Letter, Vol. 12, No. 8, November 2003
- "You can apply, but we're nonunion and we'll stay that way"
Louisiana Employment Law Letter, Vol. 12, No. 6, September 2003
- American Bar Association (Member, Section of Labor and Employment Law)
- Louisiana State Bar Association
- New Orleans Bar Association (Member, Board of Directors, Young Lawyers Section, 2004–2010)