• PRACTICE FOCUS+
  • EDUCATION+
    • Louisiana State University Law Center
      J.D., 1984; Board of Editors, Louisiana Law Review
    • Louisiana Tech University
      B.A., magna cum laude, 1981; varsity football and active member of Tech Theatre Players and local community theaters
  • ADMISSIONS+
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • Louisiana
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
    • Texas
  • CLERKSHIP+

Thomas H. Kiggans

Partner

  • Baton Rouge

    225-376-0247 office

  • Houston

    713-626-1386 office

  • Resident in the Baton Rouge office

Tom Kiggans practices in the area of employment law, which he has done almost exclusively since 1984. He represents primarily employers in both litigation and counseling in all areas of labor and employment, including discrimination, ERISA, sexual harassment, employee defamation, and other employment‑related tort claims, employment contracts, OSHA, union matters, wage and hour, drug testing, and drafting and implementing employment policies.

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Tom Kiggans practices in the area of employment law, which he has done almost exclusively since 1984. He represents primarily employers in both litigation and counseling in all areas of labor and employment, including discrimination, ERISA, sexual harassment, employee defamation, and other employment‑related tort claims, employment contracts, OSHA, union matters, wage and hour, drug testing, and drafting and implementing employment policies.

Mr. Kiggans represents employers in a variety of industries, including construction, equipment rental, banks, maritime, petrochemical, oil and gas exploration and production, insurance, gaming, governmental entities, educational institutions and restaurants, and has extensive trial experience in both federal and state courts. He has been admitted to practice by special admission before courts in Alabama, Florida, Utah, Tennessee, Kansas, Oregon, Washington and South Carolina.

Prior to joining Phelps Dunbar in 1990, Mr. Kiggans was a labor and employment attorney for nearly six years with the Houston law firm of Vinson & Elkins. He has taught labor and employment law as an adjunct at the LSU Paralegal School and is a frequent speaker on various employment law topics at seminars. He also provides training to employers and employees on topics such as sexual harassment, the Americans with Disabilities Act and other employment issues.

Experience

  • Prevailed as lead trial attorney in a week long federal court jury trial representing an insurance company, the State of Louisiana, and several government officials in a case involving claims of race discrimination, racial harassment, retaliation, and related tort claims.
  • Successfully represented a major chemical company in a labor arbitration in which the union was challenging the discharge of an operator.
  • Litigated numerous ERISA claims, including claims involving ERISA plans incorporated in collective bargaining agreements.
  • Handled numerous matters before various administrative agencies, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, National Labor Relations Board, Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, Department of Labor, Office of Federal Contracts Compliance Program, Texas Commission on Human Rights, Louisiana Commission on Human Rights, and California Department of Industrial Relations.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Bar Association - Labor and Employment Law Section and EEO Subcommittee
  • Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Recognition

  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America© - Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, Litigation - Labor and Employment (Baton Rouge Lawyer of the Year: Employment Law-Management, 2017; Litigation - Labor and Employment, 2016; Labor Law - Management, 2015 and 2018)
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers
  • The International Who's Who of Management Labor and Employment Lawyers (2013)