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Kelsey Kornick Funes represents both plaintiffs and defendants in their disputes involving public and private construction projects. She has represented owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and design professionals in state and federal courts in Louisiana, as well as mediation and arbitration across the Gulf Coast region. Ms. Funes has handled matters involving all aspects of the construction process, including public bid protests, delay and inefficiency claims, claims involving construction defects, enforcement of payment and lien claims, as well as claims against performance and payment bonds. Ms. Funes also represents contractors before the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors.

Ms. Funes regularly counsels clients in the drafting and negotiation of construction contracts. She has extensive experience drafting and negotiating AIA documents, design/build and EPC contracts.

Outside of the construction arena, Ms. Funes has successfully represented clients in a variety of commercial matters including tax sale redemption, products liability, premises liability, anti-trust, professional liability and environmental insurance coverage.

In addition to her legal practice, Ms. Funes leads the firm’s E-Discovery Team and oversees the firm’s efforts to ensure that our lawyers are on the cutting edge of the evolving legislative and jurisprudential rules which govern electronic discovery and have the best tools available to efficiently collect, review and produce electronic data for the firm’s clients. The E-Discovery Team also works with clients to develop strategies for electronic data organization, retention and collection – both before and during litigation – so that they are prepared to actively avoid, pursue or defend disputes in the most efficient way possible.

Ms. Funes regularly speaks at seminars and briefings on construction-related topics. She is also the author of a number of published works relating to Louisiana construction law, the use of electronic documents in Louisiana and Louisiana’s rules of professional conduct.


Practice areas


  1. Construction & Development: 75%
  2. Litigation: 25%

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Phelps Dunbar

II City Plaza
400 Convention Street, Suite 1100
Baton Rouge, LA, 70802-5615


LAEligible to practice law199711/03/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Female Mentor of the YearPostlethwaite & Netterville2011
Forty Under 40Baton Rouge Business Report2007
Outstanding Young Lawyer AwardLouisiana State Bar Association2007
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
ListedChambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for BusinessN/A
ListedLouisiana Super LawyersN/A
Association namePosition nameDuration
Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary BoardHearing Committee2011 - 2012
Baton Rouge Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionChair2006 - 2006
Federal Bar Association (Baton Rouge chapter)President2006 - 2006
Louisiana State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Baton Rouge Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction IndustryMemberN/A
Federal Bar Association (Baton Rouge chapter)MemberN/A
Louisiana State Law Institute, Security Devices CommitteeMemberN/A
Associated Builders and ContractorsMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Inside the Minds: Construction Dispute ResolutionThe Lawyer's Role in Resolving Construction Law Disputes2009
Cornell Law School's Legal Information InstituteLouisiana Legal Ethics Narrative for the American Legal Ethics Library1998
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
Louisiana State UniversityPolitical Science, HistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Lorman Education Services PresentationOverview of Contract Terms Relating to Liens and Enforceability of Lien Waivers2012
Lorman Education Services PresentationOverview of Alternative Dispute Resolution Process2012
CLE for Young LawyersPreparing for and Taking Fact Depositions2012
LSU Construction Law SeminarContract Information and Drafting – From Fixed Price to Cost Plus2010
E-Risk Consulting PresentationGoing Paperless in Construction – Legally Speaking2010
Chapter MeetingAn Overview of Louisiana Lien Law and the Prompt Payment Statute2010
Phelps Dunbar Construction Industry Breakfast BriefingThe New AIA Documents: Recent Changes, New Forms, Important Issues2008
Louisiana Associated General Contractors MeetingAn Overview of the Changes in the 2007 AIA Documents and a Comparison with ConsensusDOCS2008
Chapter MeetingThe New AIA Documents: Recent Changes, New Forms, Important Issues2008
Lorman Education Services SeminarConstruction Lien Law in Louisiana2007
Summer CLE for Young LawyersAn Overview of the Recent Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Rules of Evidence2001