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  • PRACTICE FOCUS
  • INDUSTRIES+
  • EDUCATION+
    • Louisiana State University Law Center
      J.D., 1977
    • Louisiana State University
      B.A., 1974
  • ADMISSIONS+
    • Louisiana
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
  • CLERKSHIP+
"There is no substitute for being in a courtroom to teach you how to keep your clients out of one."

Michael Hunt brings a career trial lawyer's perspective to helping clients resolve seemingly intractable disputes. With four decades of courtroom experience, he knows how to construct successful case strategies, develop compelling evidence and arguments, decide when to go to trial and bring opposing parties to the negotiating table. Known for getting quickly to the heart of disputes, Michael represents plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial cases with a focus on design, construction and finance.

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Michael Hunt brings a career trial lawyer's perspective to helping clients resolve seemingly intractable disputes. With four decades of courtroom experience, he knows how to construct successful case strategies, develop compelling evidence and arguments, decide when to go to trial and bring opposing parties to the negotiating table. Known for getting quickly to the heart of disputes, Michael represents plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial cases with a focus on design, construction and finance.

Michael has appeared in state, federal court and arbitration proceedings in Louisiana, Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia. He acts for engineering and consulting firms, contractors, chemical and product manufacturers, financial institutions and insurers in:

  • Contract disputes
  • Civil and criminal antitrust claims
  • Environmental claims
  • Expropriation actions
  • Federal and state securities claims
  • Business torts, trade secrets and unfair trade practices disputes
  • Public bid and contract award claims.

In addition to litigation, owners, contractors and specialty subcontractors turn to Michael for counsel on design/build and EPC projects. He frequently assists with negotiations and contract drafting, drawing on his litigation experience to identify and minimize risks.

From 2008 - 2018, Michael served as managing partner of Phelps Dunbar. In 2020, he was appointed to the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, which evaluates all federal judicial nominees and provides ratings to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Experience

  • Defended the director of a technology company in two separate suits alleging violations of Louisiana securities laws.  Dismissals were obtained in the trial court and affirmed on appeal.
  • Obtained trial and appellate judgments in favor of the owner of a pipe manufacturing facility in a dispute with the design-build contractor over alleged breach of contract and misrepresentation.
  • Won a jury verdict against a chemical manufacturer and trucking concern recovering millions paid for an emergency remediation after an explosion contaminated a large area.
  • Won a jury verdict for a lawyer accused of breach of fiduciary duty and racketeering arising from the sale of a real estate development. The verdict was affirmed on appeal.
  • Represented a chemical manufacturer in successfully prosecuting civil antitrust claims against suppliers of raw materials who conspired to fix prices.
  • Defended a capital markets investment bank against allegations of violations of Louisiana securities laws, breach of fiduciary duties, negligent misrepresentation, and other business torts. The claims were asserted as derivative and class actions on behalf of investors who allegedly sustained hundreds of millions of dollars in losses.
  • Represented an international engineering firm in litigation in Louisiana and Texas arising out of the design and construction of a 140-mile interstate natural gas pipeline.
  • Acted as Special Counsel to the Judicial Council of the Fifth Circuit investigating charges of judicial misconduct by a sitting federal district judge.

Memberships & Affiliations

Professional

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association
  • Fifth Circuit Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Forum Committee on the Construction Industry, Section of Public Contract Law and Center for Professional Responsibility
  • American Arbitration Association - Arbitrator

Civic

  • Baton Rouge Area Chamber - Board of Directors (2006-Present), General Counsel (2007-2010)
  • Southeast Super Region Committee

Recognition

  • Local Litigation Star, Construction, General Commercial and Insurance, Benchmark Litigation (2018)
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation (2010-2020), Commercial Litigation (2007-2020), Litigation - Construction (2011-2020), "Lawyer of the Year" Bet-the-Company Litigation (2018) & Litigation-Construction (2016), The Best Lawyers in America
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (2009-2020)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America

Education

  • Louisiana State University Law Center
    J.D., 1977
  • Louisiana State University
    B.A., 1974

Admissions

  • Louisiana
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
  • Defended the director of a technology company in two separate suits alleging violations of Louisiana securities laws.  Dismissals were obtained in the trial court and affirmed on appeal.
  • Obtained trial and appellate judgments in favor of the owner of a pipe manufacturing facility in a dispute with the design-build contractor over alleged breach of contract and misrepresentation.
  • Won a jury verdict against a chemical manufacturer and trucking concern recovering millions paid for an emergency remediation after an explosion contaminated a large area.
  • Won a jury verdict for a lawyer accused of breach of fiduciary duty and racketeering arising from the sale of a real estate development. The verdict was affirmed on appeal.
  • Represented a chemical manufacturer in successfully prosecuting civil antitrust claims against suppliers of raw materials who conspired to fix prices.
  • Defended a capital markets investment bank against allegations of violations of Louisiana securities laws, breach of fiduciary duties, negligent misrepresentation, and other business torts. The claims were asserted as derivative and class actions on behalf of investors who allegedly sustained hundreds of millions of dollars in losses.
  • Represented an international engineering firm in litigation in Louisiana and Texas arising out of the design and construction of a 140-mile interstate natural gas pipeline.
  • Acted as Special Counsel to the Judicial Council of the Fifth Circuit investigating charges of judicial misconduct by a sitting federal district judge.

Professional

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association
  • Fifth Circuit Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Forum Committee on the Construction Industry, Section of Public Contract Law and Center for Professional Responsibility
  • American Arbitration Association - Arbitrator

Civic

  • Baton Rouge Area Chamber - Board of Directors (2006-Present), General Counsel (2007-2010)
  • Southeast Super Region Committee
  • Local Litigation Star, Construction, General Commercial and Insurance, Benchmark Litigation (2018)
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation (2010-2020), Commercial Litigation (2007-2020), Litigation - Construction (2011-2020), "Lawyer of the Year" Bet-the-Company Litigation (2018) & Litigation-Construction (2016), The Best Lawyers in America
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers list, Super Lawyers (2009-2020)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America