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Grant J. Guillot

Associate

A business built on the pillars of innovation, perseverance, integrity and passion deserves a legal advisor with the same constitution. In representing a diverse array of companies across a broad range of industries, I work tirelessly for my clients to safeguard their legal interests and to provide them with the greatest chance of success in their endeavors.

Grant J. Guillot advises business entities and other organizations across various industries on a broad range of legal issues, including compliance with federal and state laws, contractual issues, corporate governance, entity formation, employment concerns, government actions, legislative matters, open meetings issues, public records disputes, and issues pertaining to liability of directors and officers. In addition to representing businesses operating in long-established industries, Grant also works with charter schools and drone/unmanned aerial vehicle companies who seek assistance navigating the regulatory and legislative landscapes of these newer industries. Grant also frequently represents telecommunications service providers, Internet service providers, cable television companies, water and wastewater companies, and other public utilities in matters pending before the Louisiana Public Service Commission.

In addition, Grant defends aggrieved business entities and individuals against adverse actions taken by various government entities, including the Louisiana Board of Ethics and the Louisiana Department of Insurance. He also represents organizations and candidates for political office in governmental ethics disputes and campaign finance matters.

Grant litigates disputes arising from these matters at all stages, from the filing of or initial response to the lawsuit through the final disposition of the matter by the highest appellate tribunal. He regularly represents clients before various governmental entities, including regulatory agencies, district courts, and appellate tribunals such as the Louisiana Court of Appeal for the First Circuit and the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Grant earned his J.D. and Graduate Diploma of Civil Law magna cum laude from Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center, where he was selected to join the Louisiana Law Review and inducted into the Order of the Coif for graduating in the top 10 percent of his class. He earned his B.A. in Mass Communications with a Minor in Business Administration summa cum laude from Louisiana State University, graduating first in his college class and participating in the Honors College program.

Presentations and Publications

Grant has presented seminars on various legal issues including the legal implications of the utilization of social media and other forms of electronic communications, employment discrimination issues and other labor and employment matters, open meetings and public records laws, professionalism in the practice of law, and law practice management.

  • “Bosses (and Attorneys): How the Rules of Professional Conduct Govern an Attorney’s Behavior toward Clients, Employees, and Other Attorneys”; 2017 Louisiana State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Professional Development CLE, January 2017.
  • “The Evidentiary Implication of Forever ‘Frozen’ Social Media Content: Should You Tell Your Clients to ‘Let It Go’?”; Dazzling Disney – A Multi-Topic CLE Seminar, Lake Buena Vista, FL, February 2015.
  • “The Electronic Evolution: The Implications of the Increasing Use of Technology on Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law”; Louisiana State Bar Association/Louisiana Judicial College Joint Summer School, June 2013.
  • “The Electronic Evolution: The Implications of the Increasing Use of Technology on Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law”; Louisiana City Attorneys’ Association 2013 Spring CLE, March 2013.
  • “Examining Recent Developments in Louisiana’s Open Meetings Law and the Use of Electronic Communications at Public Meetings”; 2012 Legislative Legal Seminar, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, December 2012.

Publications

  • “Charting the Expansion of Charter Schools in Baton Rouge”, The Baton Rouge Lawyer, Publication of the Baton Rouge Bar Association, April 2018.
  • “Breaking the Seal of Confession: Examining Louisiana’s Clergyman Privilege in Light of Mayeaux v. Charlet”, Around the Bar, Publication of the Baton Rouge Bar Association, May 2017.
  • “Avoiding the Elephant in the Womb: Questions You Can and Cannot Ask Prospective Employees in Interviews”, Around the Bar, Publication of the Baton Rouge Bar Association, May 2016.
  • “Perils of Non-professionalism: Does Being a Jerk Violate the Rules of Professional Conduct?”, Around the Bar, Publication of the Baton Rouge Bar Association, January 2015.
  • “From the Playing Field to the Courtroom: Baton Rouge Attorneys who Played Sports in College”, Around the Bar, Publication of the Baton Rouge Bar Association, September 2014.
  • “Evidentiary Implications of Social Media: An Examination of the Admissibility of Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter Postings in Louisiana Courts”, Louisiana Bar Journal, February 2014.
  • “Bar Chords: The Musings of Musical Lawyers”, Around the Bar, Publication of the Baton Rouge Bar Association, December 2013.
  • “Facebook Faux Pas: Is Social Media Sabotaging Your Client’s Case?”, Around the Bar, Publication of the Baton Rouge Bar Association, April 2013.
  • “To Rent, or Not to Rent, That is the Constitutional Question”, Around the Bar, Publication of the Baton Rouge Bar Association, October 2012.
  • “Circumvention via Cyberspace: Should Electronic Communications among Public Officials Be Subject to Louisiana's Open Meetings Law?”, Louisiana Bar Journal, September 2012.
  • “Trespassing through Cyberspace: Should Wireless Piggybacking Constitute a Crime or Tort under Louisiana Law?”, 69 Louisiana Law Review 389 (2009).
The cornerstone of any successful attorney-client relationship is trust. My clients trust me to provide the best path forward, and that expectation drives me to fiercely protect my clients’ legal interests and to help my clients reach their business goals.

Education

  • Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, J.D., 2009, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Louisiana Law Review
  • Louisiana State University, B.A., 2004, Mass Communications, summa cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana

Court Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
  • Louisiana Supreme Court

Acknowledgements

Assistant Editor for Around the Bar, the Magazine of the Baton Rouge Bar Association

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Assistant Editor, The Baton Rouge Lawyer, the Magazine of the Baton Rouge Bar Association
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Council, 2014
  • Leadership LSBA, Class of 2012/2013; Co-Chairman of the Leadership LSBA Class of 2013/2014
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Appellate, Bench and Bar, and Young Lawyers Sections
  • Wex S. Malone American Inns of Court
  • St. Aloysius Catholic Church Men’s Club
  • Catholic High School Men’s Club
  • Knights of Columbus
  • Represented telecommunications giant T-Mobile USA, Inc. in its Louisiana merger proceedings with Sprint Corporation.
  • Negotiated with state and municipal government officials and agencies on behalf of businesses regarding various matters, including contractual issues and election matters.
  • Represented corporations, limited liability companies, and partnerships in various matters, including breach of fiduciary duty claims, contract disputes, defense against regulatory investigations and other adverse government actions, disputes among officers and directors, and preparation of corporate documents.
  • As part of a team of Adams and Reese charter school attorneys, represented the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools and several charter school entities in a constitutional dispute before the Louisiana Supreme Court, thus resulting in the successful reversal of an injunctive order prohibiting the funding of 42 Type 2 charter schools that serve approximately 16,000 students across Louisiana.
  • Represented public utilities, including water and wastewater companies, in numerous matters before the Louisiana Public Service Commission, including successful applications for interim emergency and permanent rate relief.
  • Guided charter schools through the charter application process.
  • Successfully defended entities and individuals in investigations undertaken by the Louisiana Board of Ethics, thus leading to dismissal of the investigations.
  • Negotiated with the Louisiana Public Service Commission to secure the easing of disaster planning response protocols governing wireless communications service providers.
  • Defended, from the matter’s inception to its final disposition by the Louisiana Supreme Court, individuals and organizations accused of violating the Campaign Finance Disclosure Act after contributing funds to a state-wide election campaign.
  • Represented the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, including oral argument before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and successful reversal of an injunctive order requiring the Department to maintain the heat index in the Death Row prison cells at Louisiana State Penitentiary at or below 88° Fahrenheit.
  • Defended, from the matter’s inception to its final disposition by the Louisiana Supreme Court, multiple State entities and officials in a lawsuit brought by a former state official alleging claims of defamation and malicious prosecution.
  • Represented the Louisiana Secretary of State, including oral argument before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, in a lawsuit filed pursuant Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act wherein the plaintiffs unsuccessfully sought to have an adverse judgment vacated in light of intervening legislation.
  • Represented a Baton Rouge property owner, including oral argument before the Louisiana Supreme Court, in litigation filed against the City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge challenging the constitutionality of the definition of “family” contained within the A1 residential zoning provisions of the City/Parish’s Unified Development Code.
  • Upon graduating from law school, Grant served a one-year term as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Chief Justice Catherine D. "Kitty" Kimball of the Louisiana Supreme Court.

His representative cases include:

  • Ball v. LeBlanc, 792 F. 3d 584 (5th Cir. 2015).
  • City of Baton Rouge/Par. of E. Baton Rouge v. Myers, 2013-2011 (La. 5/7/14), 145 So.3d 320, reh'g denied (July 1, 2014).
  • Doe v. Louisiana Bd. of Ethics, 2012-1169 (La. App. 4 Cir. 3/13/13), 112 So.3d 339, writ denied, 2013-0782 (La. 8/30/13), 120 So.3d 265.
  • Iberville Par. Sch. Bd. v. La. State Bd. of Elem., 2017-0257 (La. 03/13/18); 2018 La. LEXIS 732.
  • Peralta v. Caldwell, No. CV 15-1385, 2015 WL 7451206 (E.D. La. Nov. 23, 2015).
  • Regan v. Assistant AG, 2016-0659 (La. App. 1 Cir. 04/07/17); 218 So. 3d 121.
  • Rombach v. State ex rel. Div. of Admin., 2015-0619 (La. App. 1 Cir. 12/23/15), writ not considered sub nom. Rombach v. State ex rel. Div. of Admin., Office of Risk Mgmt., 2016-00214 (La. 4/4/16), 190 So.3d 1200.
  • Roper v. City of Baton Rouge, 2016-1025 (La. App. 1 Cir. 03/15/18); 2018 La. App. LEXIS 490.
  • Washington v. Louisiana, 628 F. App’x 914 (5th Cir. 2015).