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Thomas Hubert
Partner
201 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70170-5100
504.582.8384 tel
504.582.8015 fax

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Thomas Hubert 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. Since 1989, Mr. Hubert has practiced primarily in the area of labor and employment law, as well as in areas that fall under more traditional commercial claims. Specifically, Mr. Hubert has focused on business and commercial litigation, as well as labor and employment (including commercial contracts, Unfair Trade Practices Act, Trade Secret Act, covenant not to compete agreements, defamation, errors and omissions for insurance agents and stock brokers, directors and officers, and defense of homeowners' associations and boards of directors) in jury and judge trials throughout the Southeast, as well as in proceedings before administrative agencies. A majority of cases managed and handled by Mr. Hubert are pending throughout Louisiana, Texas, and Florida. Among the cases he has handled are multiple class action employment litigation, including race, sex, and Fair Labor Standards Act claims; numerous sexual harassment claims; intentional infliction of emotional distress claims; workers' compensation claims; wage and hour individual and collective action claims; various contract/damage claims; and defense of a multitude of claims arising out of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Ike, against insurance agents and homeowners'/condominium associations.

Mr. Hubert is also a founder of and editor for the Trade Secret Insider, a legal blog committed to providing timely legal insights on trade secrets, non-competes, computer fraud, and data theft.

In addition to litigation, Mr. Hubert regularly assists management concerning union organizing drives, representation elections, unfair labor practice charges, arbitrations, collective bargaining negotiations, and EEOC charges, as well as training and counseling managers in employment relations and human resource administration, compliance with various labor and employment laws, and the avoidance of claims in general.

Noteworthy

  • Regional Management Chair, Committee on Practice and Procedure Under the National Labor Relations Act, American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017 (Copyright 2016 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC) in the area of Litigation - Labor and Employment (listed annually since 2011)
  • Listed in the 2017 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers in the area of General Litigation (listed annually since 2011), Employment & Labor (2007, 2009-2010) and Employment Litigation: Defense
  • Recognized as a 2013 Top Lawyer by New Orleans Magazine
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell

Representative Matters

  • 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.
  • Loria v. Children's Hospital, 31 Employee Benefits Cases 2171–2181 (USDC, E.D. La. Aug. 27, 2003). Plaintiff's claims of intentional infliction of emotional distress and intentional interference with the receipt of benefits under an employer-sponsored long term disability insurance policy were dismissed on summary judgment.
  • Labbe v. Chemical Waste Management, 786 So.2d 868 (La. App. 3d Cir. May 2, 2001) writ den'd (La. Sept. 14, 2001). Plaintiff's claim of intentional infliction of emotional distress and disability discrimination were dismissed on Chemical Waste Management's Motion for Reconsideration of a summary judgment filed prior to a procedural change in the law. Success for the company was made possible after uncovering evidence justifying the recusal of the district court judge originally assigned to the case.
  • Labbe v. Chemical Waste Management, 756 So.2d 613 (La. Ct. App. 3d Cir. 2000) writ den'd (La. 2000). Plaintiff's claim of intentional exposure to hazardous chemicals was dismissed due to a lack of supporting evidence that the company harmed or intended to harm Mr. Labbe by exposing him to a dangerous environment.
  • Tumbs v. Wemco, Inc., 97-2437 (La. App. 4 Cir. 4/22/98), 714 So.2d 761 (La. App. 4th Cir., Apr. 22, 1998) (NO. 97-CA-2437). Plaintiff claimed disability discrimination, intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress. After a jury verdict in favor of Wemco, Plaintiff's appeal was unsuccessful.

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Memberships

  • American Bar Association (Member, Section of Labor and Employment)
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association (Member, Board of Directors, Young Lawyers Section, 1997–1999)