To be most effective in counseling clients – whether it’s consulting or litigation – a lawyer needs to learn how the client operates its business. I do this by studying my client’s business as well as its culture. Obviously, it’s my job to get the best result for the client, but in doing so I also do my best to make the corporate counsel’s job – and their life – easier.
Kellen Mathews has a diverse litigation practice, representing clients in products liability, education, construction, commercial and personal injury matters. He also defends employers in claims at both the administrative and federal court levels. Kellen uses his employment litigation experience as the foundation to advise employers on the creation and revision of policies and procedures that ensure compliance with the law and in turn reduction of exposure for the employer. He has tried multiple cases to verdict, including obtaining a defense verdict in a jury trial in federal court.
In addition to his litigation practice, Kellen helps clients navigate highly nuanced government procurement processes. He has assisted clients in industries ranging from health care to disaster remediation in applying for, challenging, and defending the award of government contracts. In this area, Kellen navigates the intersection of administrative law, government, and litigation.
“ I take ownership of a client’s issues. I take them home with me, and am constantly thinking of how to achieve the best result for the client. I pride myself on being accessible to clients, and I work until the matter is resolved. ”
- Paul M. Hebert Law Center of Louisiana State University, J.D., 2008
- Millsaps College, B.A., 2004
- Louisiana Supreme Court
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
- United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
- United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
In the community, Kellen is a member of the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH), the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. LEH maintains a singular presence throughout Louisiana as the only private nonprofit dedicated to making an impact in the cultural and education sectors in all 64 Louisiana parishes.
Areas of Practice
- Louisiana Rising Stars® (by Thomson Reuters) Civil Litigation: Defense 2016-2022
- Louis Berry Award – Louis A. Martinet Legal Society 2016
- Best Lawyers® - Administrative/Regulatory Law, Commercial Litigation
- Baton Rouge Business Report Forty Under 40- 2018
Professional Affiliations & Memberships
- Louisiana State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Council, At-Large Member (2012-2017)
- Louisiana State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Diversity Committee, Chair (2012-2017)
- International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), Member
- Committee of 100 for Economic Development, Executive Committee Member
- Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) Diversity and Inclusion Committee, Member
- Urban League of Louisiana, Board of Directors
Kellen interned for the Honorable Terri Love in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans and, following law school, clerked for the Honorable Harry F. Randow in the Ninth Judicial District Court for the Parish of Rapides.