Erin Sayes Kenny is a Partner at Taylor Porter, where she is a key member of the Taylor Porter alcoholic beverage licensing and related enforcement issues practice.
Erin represents national and local companies in the hospitality industry, including restaurants, hotels and retail stores, with an emphasis in alcoholic beverage licensing, compliance and enforcement issues. She is an active member of industry organizations, including the National Association of Licensing and Compliance Professionals, and she represents Taylor Porter at annual conferences to connect with national industry leaders. She also maintains a varied state and federal civil litigation and appellate practice, with an emphasis in commercial and tort litigation, including insurance defense and insurance coverage cases.
Recently, Erin became the first Baton Rouge lawyer to receive the honor of “On the Rise – Top 40 Young Lawyers,” bestowed by the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. The distinction provides national recognition for ABA young lawyer members who exemplify a broad range of high achievement, innovation, vision, leadership and legal and community service. Erin has been named by her peers among the Louisiana Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” and among the Best Lawyers in America.
Erin is admitted to practice in all Louisiana state courts; all federal district courts in Louisiana; and the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Her litigation experience includes numerous pre-trial motions, appeals and mediations. Erin also has served as both lead and co-counsel in several bench and jury trials before state and federal district courts.
Within the firm, Erin currently serves as co-chair of the Recruiting Committee. An active member of the Baton Rouge legal community, Erin is the chair of the Baton Rouge Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Council. Erin’s work on the YLS Council includes organizing and presenting various young lawyer outreach programs, such as continuing legal education (“CLE”) seminars, panel discussions with local area judges, local courthouse tours for newly admitted lawyers, and regular social events, all designed to cultivate professionalism and congeniality among the Baton Rouge legal community.
Erin just completed a three-year term as a board member for the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel and had been a member of the LADC Young Lawyers Committee since 2016. The LADC Young Lawyers Committee helps younger lawyers gain exposure to their fields of interest through seminars and social events with other more experienced lawyers and judges across the state. In 2015, the LADC recognized Erin as a Finalist for the Frank L. Maraist Award for outstanding contribution to the legal profession and education.
Through the Baton Rouge Bar Foundation Holiday Star Project, Erin has participated as the liaison for Taylor Porter to collect and distribute Christmas gifts for local children in need. Every year, through her leadership within the Firm, Taylor Porter delivered holiday gifts to 70 children and 28 families to St. Anthony Catholic Church, one of the agencies served through the Holiday Star Project. Additionally, Erin serves the community as a board member of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge. Since 2011, she has helped the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge raise more than $500,000 through the annual Steak & Stake fundraiser, impacting the lives of the more than 1,200 youth that the Club serves annually across the greater Baton Rouge area.
Erin earned her J.D., cum laude, from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University, and she received her B.A. in Mass Communication and a minor in Political Science, summa cum laude, from LSU.