Practicing law since 1984 when he received his Juris Doctor from LSU Law Center, Taylor Porter Partner Thomas R. Peak practices in labor and employment law, including employee benefits litigation (ERISA and COBRA), employment eligibility and certification (under the immigration laws), workers' compensation (representing management), and OSHA matters. He also represents clients in higher education law. Mr. Peak serves as the chair of the Taylor Porter Personnel Committee.
Mr. Peak is ranked by his peers among Best Lawyers® in Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law and Employment Law - Management. He is currently listed as "Baton Rouge Lawyer of the Year" in Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law.
Mr. Peak has handled numerous matters in Federal and Louisiana Courts, as well as before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Labor Relations Board, United States Department of Labor, OSHA, USCIS, Wage Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Louisiana Civil Service Commission, and Louisiana Workforce Commission. In addition, he has handled matters involving the CDC, U.S. Department of Agriculture (APHIS) and select agent research issues, Title IX issues in higher education, and enforcement actions under IRCA. He has extensive trial experience including litigating bench and jury trials in federal and state courts as lead counsel.
Mr. Peak represents management (including electric utilities, water companies, universities, hospitals, open shop and union contractors, and other businesses), exclusively, in collective bargaining related issues, including representation, certification and de-certification, negotiation of initial and subsequent collective bargaining agreements with unions, unit clarifications, modifications and determinations, acquisition and sale of entities with existing collective bargaining agreements, grievances and arbitrations, pension fund withdrawals and withdrawal liability issues, and unfair labor practice charges. He has advised employers and assisted with union organization issues, including elections, campaigns, objections and unfair labor practice charges arising out of union organization campaigns.
Mr. Peak represents management in discrimination and retaliation claims under federal and state law, workers compensation and unemployment compensation claims, plant closing, layoff and WARN issues, whistle-blowing and retaliatory discharge claims, and related litigation. Mr. Peak has represented clients in multi-district class action litigation involving genetically modified crops, and he has handled administrative proceedings and litigation involving matters related to promotion, tenure, medical privileges, and employment-related immigration issues with the USCIS. He has also represented clients in employee classification and payment issues, including class actions and collective actions involving wage and overtime claims, and in WARN Act litigation in both the U.S. District Courts and U.S. Bankruptcy Courts.
Mr. Peak is admitted to practice before all Louisiana state courts and agencies, the U.S. District Courts for the Middle, Eastern, and Western Districts of Louisiana, and the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
In the community, Mr. Peak serves on the Board of Trustees for the Louisiana Veterans Museum Foundation, which supports the operations and programs of the USS Kidd museum and ship restoration.
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