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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.
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|LA||Eligible to practice law||1997||11/03/2015|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Female Mentor of the Year||Postlethwaite & Netterville||2011|
|Forty Under 40||Baton Rouge Business Report||2007|
|Outstanding Young Lawyer Award||Louisiana State Bar Association||2007|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||N/A|
|Listed||Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business||N/A|
|Listed||Louisiana Super Lawyers||N/A|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board||Hearing Committee||2011 - 2012|
|Baton Rouge Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section||Chair||2006 - 2006|
|Federal Bar Association (Baton Rouge chapter)||President||2006 - 2006|
|Louisiana State Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Baton Rouge Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry||Member||N/A|
|Federal Bar Association (Baton Rouge chapter)||Member||N/A|
|Louisiana State Law Institute, Security Devices Committee||Member||N/A|
|Associated Builders and Contractors||Member||N/A|
|Inside the Minds: Construction Dispute Resolution||The Lawyer's Role in Resolving Construction Law Disputes||2009|
|Cornell Law School's Legal Information Institute||Louisiana Legal Ethics Narrative for the American Legal Ethics Library||1998|
|Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1997|
|Louisiana State University||Political Science, History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1994|
|Lorman Education Services Presentation||Overview of Contract Terms Relating to Liens and Enforceability of Lien Waivers||2012|
|Lorman Education Services Presentation||Overview of Alternative Dispute Resolution Process||2012|
|CLE for Young Lawyers||Preparing for and Taking Fact Depositions||2012|
|LSU Construction Law Seminar||Contract Information and Drafting – From Fixed Price to Cost Plus||2010|
|E-Risk Consulting Presentation||Going Paperless in Construction – Legally Speaking||2010|
|Chapter Meeting||An Overview of Louisiana Lien Law and the Prompt Payment Statute||2010|
|Phelps Dunbar Construction Industry Breakfast Briefing||The New AIA Documents: Recent Changes, New Forms, Important Issues||2008|
|Louisiana Associated General Contractors Meeting||An Overview of the Changes in the 2007 AIA Documents and a Comparison with ConsensusDOCS||2008|
|Chapter Meeting||The New AIA Documents: Recent Changes, New Forms, Important Issues||2008|
|Lorman Education Services Seminar||Construction Lien Law in Louisiana||2007|
|Summer CLE for Young Lawyers||An Overview of the Recent Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and Rules of Evidence||2001|