Mr. Hawthorne is a mediator and arbitrator with a particular focus on large construction and development projects and is experienced in all manner of commercial disputes. Mr. Hawthorne was a law clerk for the Hon. John V. Parker, United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, and is a graduate of the Mediation Program at the Harvard Negotiation Institute where he gained exposure to all manner of alternative dispute resolution techniques.
A partner in the Baton Rouge office of Kean Miller, Mr. Hawthorne practices in the Construction, ADR, and Commercial Litigation groups. He has experience in a wide variety of commercial litigation, construction law, and general litigation matters, including construction disputes of every type. He frequently represents owners, contractors, and design professionals in negotiating industrial and commercial construction and design contracts, and in litigation and arbitration. He also has experience with administrative law and occupational licensing law, having served as General Counsel for the Louisiana State Licensing Board of Contractors.
Mr. Hawthorne is an excellent choice as mediator having experience in all facets of construction and commercial law. He has represented: Fortune 500 companies in the negotiation of industrial capital construction and procurement contracts; contractors in disputes involving publicly bid contracts; state commission in class action inverse condemnation litigation in a case involving hundreds of millions of dollars in alleged damages; various clients before and adverse to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development; a large wood products and forestry concern in a patent infringement lawsuit; as well as 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. Mr. Hawthorne has substantial and significant experience in the Private Works Act, the Public Works Act, Louisiana Oil Well Lien Act, and the Miller Act.
Mr. Hawthorne is a member of the Louisiana State Law Institute’s ADR Committee and is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. He is also a member of the Louisiana State and American Bar Associations, is a fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers (ACREL) and is the Vice-Chairman of ACREL’s Construction Law Committee, is a fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America, and is a member of the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel and the LSU Law Center Hall of Fame.
Mr. Hawthorne is admitted to practice law in Louisiana and Texas. He is also admitted in the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana; United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; and the United States Court of Claims.