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  • 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
Bar Admissions
  • Louisiana, 2002
Court Admissions
  • 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
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Joseph Lavigne
Partner
201 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70170-5100
504.582.8610 tel
504.589.8610 fax

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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.

Noteworthy

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018 (Copyright 2017 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)

Representative Matters

  • 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.

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Memberships

  • 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)