Kent A. Lambert has an active civil trial and appellate practice defending national and international companies in high-stakes, bet-the-company litigation. Mr. Lambert has been chair of Baker Donelson’s Business Litigation Group since 2014, encompassing some 100 attorneys across the Firm’s 22 offices in ten states and Washington, D.C.
Mr. Lambert’s litigation experience is extensive. Over the past 25 years, he has been at the helm of several bet-the-company litigation matters, defending his clients against intentional and non-intentional business torts, contract actions, fiduciary litigation, franchise matters, property and leasehold disputes, and civil RICO actions.
Mr. Lambert’s clients operate in a variety of industries, including chemical and petrochemical concerns, aggregates, transportation, manufacturing, telecommunications, health care, hospitality, construction, technology, insurance, and real estate.
Throughout his career, Mr. Lambert has also worked with financial institutions, their officers and directors, and bank-affiliated investment professionals in a wide variety of cases, including fraud actions, breach of fiduciary duty cases, lender liability claims, mortgage fraud matters, bank deposit and collection claims, and consumer class action defense, as well as in arbitrations and regulatory proceedings.
He also has been involved in matters concerning public records law, as well as federal and state regulatory proceedings and litigation concerning aspects of the telecommunications industry.
Mr. Lambert’s philosophy is to begin each case with the core trial team that he expects will see the matter through to the end, fostering efficiency, cohesiveness, and the best possible level of communication with the client, as well as with opposing counsel, court personnel, experts, support vendors, and the like.
With the client, Mr. Lambert and the team strategize and prepare for every step and every phase with the expectation that the matter will be tried. This approach allows the team to approach settlement and every other case milestone from the strongest and best-informed position possible.
The former chair of Baker Donelson’s eDiscovery and Information Management Group, Mr. Lambert also has extensive experience with eDiscovery management and technologies, data security and privacy matters, and information management and preservation issues.
- Tulane University, J.D., 1993, cum laude
- Denison University, B.A., 1990, magna cum laude
ADMISSIONS : Louisiana, 1993
- Ongoing representation of one of the nation’s largest aggregates companies in protracted litigation encompassing multiple federal court class actions and individual lawsuits in both state and federal court arising from unprecedented catastrophic subsidence events associated with the at-depth failure of a plugged and abandoned brine mining cavern reaching nearly a mile underground.
- Successful representation of an international construction, fabrication and engineering concern in litigation before the Eastern District of Washington involving allegations of fraud, gross negligence and construction defects related to the construction of silicon and silicate refining facilities for a subsidiary of a major European solar power concern.
- Successfully represented a leading financial institution against individual and class-wide claims brought on behalf of mortgagors in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in both Louisiana state and federal courts, obtaining involuntary dismissals in eight separate cases.
- Represented a state insurance company in litigation against the Louisiana Department of Insurance, successfully overcoming the department’s attempt to place the company into an involuntary receivership.
- Recovered on a multimillion dollar claim on behalf of an interstate gas pipeline company after a critical offshore pipeline was damaged during dredging operations.
- Defended a major telecommunications provider accused of sabotaging the plaintiff’s proprietary invention in order to promote competing products, ultimately settling the claims after filing a series of potentially dispositive motions.
- Obtained a favorable judgment after a bench trial in a multimillion dollar check fraud suit in Louisiana federal court.
- Defended a gas utility in a two-week jury trial in Louisiana state court against claims by an individual who survived a residential gas explosion with second and third degree burns over more than 80 percent of his body.
- Successfully protected a minority shareholder against a hostile squeeze out attempted by a majority interest holder in anticipation of pursuing an IPO.
Professional Honors & Activities:
- Recognized by New Orleans CityBusiness as a Leader in Law (2014)
- Fellow – American Bar Foundation
- Member – American Bar Association (Section of Litigation, Trial Evidence)
- Member – Louisiana State Bar Association; U.S. Fifth Circuit Court Bar Association; Bar Associations of U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle & Western Districts of Louisiana
- Former Faculty Member – National Institute of Trial Advocacy
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