- New Orleans
Joe Lavigne is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group and an experienced litigator in trade secret and non-compete disputes.
As a lead attorney on Jones Walker’s trade secret and non-compete team, Joe focuses his practice on prosecuting and defending claims of employee misconduct involving trade secret violations, unfair trade practices, non-compete violations, invasion of privacy, Computer Fraud and Abuse Act issues, theft, and related disputes. He also advises clients on employment policies and practices and regularly negotiates employment agreements for employers.
Joe represents clients as plaintiffs and as defendants. This allows him to understand all sides of a given case, which is beneficial for advising clients prior to suit, negotiating resolutions, and litigating disputes. Clients regularly look to Joe to handle high-stakes litigation necessary to protect the client’s confidential, proprietary, and trade secret information. Clients also look to Joe to vigorously defend them when unfounded misappropriation claims are made. While his primary focus is in Louisiana and Texas, Joe has handled these cases across the United States, including in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi, and Utah.
Joe’s practice also includes labor relations, employment litigation (e.g., employment discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims, and litigation under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)), and professional liability litigation (e.g., legal malpractice, errors and omissions for insurance agents and stockbrokers, and defense of homeowners'/condo associations and their boards of directors).
A founding member of The Trade Secret Insider, Joe presents regularly at legal and industry conferences, where he speaks on issues related to protecting confidential and trade secret information, and prosecuting and defending claims regarding the same.