Taylor Porter 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, Ms. Bergeron 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. Ms. Bergeron has experience filing and enforcing liens under the Private Works Act and enforcing claims under the Public Works Act. Ms. Bergeron has also successfully represented multiple homebuilders, including a national homebuilder, in the complex Chinese drywall multidistrict federal litigation.
In her commercial practice, Ms. Bergeron has handled claims involving a variety of issues including products liability, the New Home Warranty Act, premises liability, public utility law, insurance coverage, and the Public Records Act. Ms. Bergeron has litigated claims in state and federal court, before the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors, and most recently, before the Louisiana Public Service Commission where 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 an electric utility.
Ms. Bergeron 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. Ms. Bergeron 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.
Ms. Bergeron received her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Southern University Law Center, where she was a member of the Southern University Law Review and 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, Ms. Bergeron was a junior high and high school English teacher.