Taylor Porter Partner Edward “Ted” J. Laperouse II serves as the Firm’s Practice Group Leader of the Construction Law Practice Group.
Having practiced law since 1998, Ted’s practice is primarily focused in construction litigation and commercial law, and he routinely handles both litigation and transactional matters in these areas on behalf of his clients throughout Louisiana. Ted also serves as a mediator in the field of construction law.
Within the construction industry, Ted serves as Immediate Past President and current Board Member of the South Central Louisiana Chapter of the Construction Financial Managers Association (CFMA); Attorney’s Counsel for the American Subcontractors Association (ASA); and Chapter Legal Counsel and Board Member for both the ASA Louisiana Chapter and Baton Rouge Chapter. He is active in the American Bar Association (ABA) Forum on the Construction Industry, and serves on its Membership Committee.
Ted has been a featured speaker at the Construction SuperConference, which is recognized as the preeminent construction conference with presentations and seminars from top legal, consulting, and leaders of construction companies. Ted also routinely speaks on the topic of Construction Law for various trade associations and professional organizations.
Prior to joining Taylor Porter in 2004, Ted practiced law in Dallas, Texas, for an “Am Law 200” law firm.
Ted’s additional representative experience includes:
- Representing and advising all types of clients involved in the commercial, industrial, and residential construction industries, including owners, developers, contractors, homebuilders, subcontractors, engineers, architects, material suppliers, and manufacturers.
- Being experienced in all facets of litigation, arbitration and mediation, involving construction and commercial claims, including, but not limited to, those relating to breach of contract, construction and design defects, project delays and inefficiencies, indemnity, mechanic’s liens and bonds, OSHA citations, and jobsite negligence.
- Serving in the capacity of “first-chair” experience in some of the most notorious construction cases in Louisiana in the last decade.
- Drafting and negotiating both design and construction contracts for many marquis projects in Louisiana.
- Drafting and negotiation of contracts, non-compete agreements, purchase and sales agreements, lease agreements, and handling litigation involving such matters.
- Serving as general counsel and registered agent for several clients.
Ted is admitted to practice before all state courts in Texas and Louisiana, as well before the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana, and the Northern and Southern Districts of Texas.
Ted is a graduate of Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he served as Governor of the 13th Circuit for the American Bar Association-Law Student Division. Before attending law school, he received his B.A. in journalism from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas. He and his family are parishioners of St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Baton Rouge.
Ted’s recent notable cases include:
- Lead counsel for a large commercial subcontractor in a multi-million dollar lawsuit and arbitration proceedings involving construction and design defects in one of the largest multi-family construction projects in Baton Rouge
- Lead counsel for a large commercial electrical contractor in claims for construction defects involving the LUS Fiber to the Home project in Lafayette, Louisiana
- Lead local counsel for the general contractor involved in a multi-million dollar dispute involving the construction of the Perkins Rowe project in Baton Rouge
- Lead counsel for several large subcontractors involved in claims for nonpayment against Echelon Construction Services and Perkins Rowe Associates involving the Perkins Rowe project in Baton Rouge
- Lead local counsel for the LSU Museum of Art involving claims of construction and design defects
- Counsel for the largest homebuilder in the United States in the Chinese drywall Multi-District Litigation in United States District Court
- Counsel for the Sabine River Authority arising out of construction defects to the Cypress Bend Conference Center facility in Sabine Parish, Louisiana, and culminating in a settlement providing funds for extensive remodel and repair to the facility
- Lead counsel for a large industrial electrical contractor involved in a multi-million dollar project for the construction of a calcium chloride plant in St. Gabriel, Louisiana
- Counsel for a major Louisiana roofing contractor and its surety in claims alleging construction defects, culminating in a workout between the contractor, surety, insurers, and owner, avoiding further litigation
- Counsel for the general contractor involved in a multi-million dollar dispute with the United States Department of the Army over the construction of a tank range in Mississippi
- Lead counsel for the general contractor in a dispute involving construction defect claims involving the construction of a large hotel in Baton Rouge
- Lead counsel for an engineering firm involving the design and construction of a major highway interchange project for Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge