Scott Edward Mercer

Scott Edward Mercer

Partner
Location:
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Phone:
(225) 282-0615 (Direct)
Fax:
866-454-8139
Email:

Scott E. Mercer practices primarily in the areas of insurance defense, commercial litigation, construction, employment, and redhibition.

In his insurance defense practice, Mr. Mercer represents insurance companies in a wide range of personal injury and property damage claims.

In construction law, Mr. Mercer represents owners, contractors, and subcontractors in defective construction and breach of contract cases. He provides general advice to contractors on construction law and contract issues. He also represents contractors before the Louisiana Contractors Licensing Board. Mr. Mercer has lectured at continuing education seminars on construction law and construction defect claims.

In employment law, Mr. Mercer represents employers in suits involving employment discrimination, wrongful termination, wage and overtime claims, and non-competition and non-solicitation agreements.

In his commercial litigation practice, Mr. Mercer represents businesses in a wide range of disputes, including breach of contract, fraud, misrepresentation, and unfair trade practices. He represents lenders in the collection of commercial loans. He defends automobile and manufactured home manufacturers in redhibition suits alleging defective manufacture and breach of warranty. He represents commercial landlords and apartment complexes in lease disputes and provides legal advice on leases and landlord / tenant issues.

Mr. Mercer is admitted to practice in all Louisiana state and federal courts. He has successfully argued numerous cases in the trial courts, courts of appeal, and the Louisiana Supreme Court.


Representative Experience

  • Successfully argued before the Louisiana Supreme Court in a wrongful death case. See Lemann v. Essen Lane Daiquiris, Inc., 923 So.2d 627 (La. 3/10/06).
  • Successfully argued before the Louisiana Supreme Court in a motor vehicle accident case. See Rabalais v. Nash, 952 So.2d 653 (La. 3/9/07).
  • Successfully argued before the Court of Appeal on behalf of a general contractor in a construction defect case. See Morton Bldg., Inc. v. Redeeming Word of Life Church, 835 So.2d 685 (La. App. 1 Cir. 10/16/02).
  • Successfully argued before the Court of Appeal on behalf of a real estate agent and broker in a negligence claim. See Task v. Gates, 770 So.2d 21 (La. App. 3 Cir. 9/13/00).
  • Member of the defense team which represented an employer in numerous employment discrimination suits in federal court alleging sexual harassment; gender, age, and disability discrimination; and unequal pay. See Aucoin v. Kennedy, 2006 WL 2700711 (E.D. La. 9/19/06); Aucoin v. Kennedy, 355 F.Supp.2d 830 (E.D. La. 7/26/04); Safford v. St. Tammany Parish Fire Protection Dist. No. 1, 2004 WL 1196894 (E.D. La. 5/26/04); Rhyce v. Martin, 173 F.Supp.2d 521, (E.D. La. 4/09/01).
  • Successfully represented a local corporation in a fraud and misrepresentation suit against a Fortune 500 company.
  • Successfully represented a fire department in a state court negligence trial.
  • Successfully represented an automobile manufacturer in a state court trial of a redhibition and lemon law claim.
  • Co-counsel in a state court jury trial of a railroad grade crossing accident case.
  • Co-counsel for an engine manufacturer in a federal court jury trial involving breach of contract and warranty claims.
  • Co-counsel for a chemical plant in a state court jury trial involving personal injury claims.

Areas of Practice

  • Business Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Construction Law
  • Employment Law
  • Personal Injury

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1998

Education

  • Louisiana State University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    • J. D. - 1998
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Law Review: Louisiana State University Law Review, 1996 - 1998
  • Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana
    • M.A. summa cum laude - 1995
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Professional Accounting
  • Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, Louisiana
    • B. A. summa cum laude - 1994
    • Major: Accounting

Classes/Seminars

  • Louisiana Construction Law, PESI

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Member
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Baton Rouge Area Chamber, Member