Partner Kari A. “Kiki” Bergeron joined the firm in 2007, where she practices primarily in the areas of construction law and commercial litigation. In her construction practice, Kiki has represented suppliers, subcontractors, design professionals, general contractors and owners in a wide array of litigation matters including breach of contract claims, delay claims, construction defect claims, and claims for additional compensation. She also regularly advises clients on compliance with Louisiana’s contractor licensing laws and Louisiana’s construction lien laws. Kiki has experience filing and enforcing liens under the Private Works Act and enforcing claims under the Public Works Act. Kiki has also successfully represented multiple homebuilders, including a national homebuilder, in the complex Chinese drywall multidistrict federal litigation. Kiki also has extensive experience drafting construction contracts.
In her commercial practice, Kiki has handled claims involving a variety of issues including products liability, the New Home Warranty Act, premises liability, public utility law, insurance defense, insurance coverage, lease disputes, warranty claims, unjust enrichment claims, and the Public Records Act. Kiki has litigated claims in state and federal court, including the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. She has also represented clients before the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors, Louisiana Office of Workers’ Compensation, the Louisiana Auctioneers Licensing Board, and the Louisiana Public Service Commission in which she was a key member of a firm team representing a private equity group in obtaining Commission approval for a $3.4 billion acquisition of a Louisiana electric utility company.
Kiki is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Louisiana. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association, and the Baton Rouge Bar Association. Kiki is active in the Baton Rouge community, volunteering for various pro bono projects with the Baton Rouge Bar Association, and formerly serving as a member of the BRBA’s Belly Up at the Bar and Law Day committees. She formerly served for three years as a board member for The Foundation for Historical Louisiana, and she is a founding member of the Baton Rouge Youth Hockey Association, formerly serving as a board member. Kiki now actively volunteers her time to help other breast cancer survivors, especially those involved in the legal community.
Kiki received her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Southern University Law Center, where she was a member of the Southern University Law Review and received numerous CALI Awards. She was the 2006 winner of the ABA’s Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice’s first annual Gellhorn-Sargentich Law Student Essay Competition.
Prior to attending law school, Kiki was a certified junior high and high school English teacher in both Texas and Louisiana. Kiki and her husband, Chris, live in Baton Rouge and are the proud parents of three children.