Thomas P. Owen, Jr., joined the firm in 2004 following a two-year clerkship with the Honorable James L. Dennis of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and became a member of the firm in 2011.
Mr. Owen concentrates his practice in providing legal advice and representation to business clients, particularly concerning closely-held companies. This includes representing clients in the litigation and arbitration disputes as well as providing advice to clients regarding numerous business matters, including corporate formation and governance, mergers and acquisitions, contract negotiations, employment issues, insurance coverage disputes, confidentiality concerns, and trade secret protection.
Mr. Owen also represents also represents and provides advice to lawyers regarding legal malpractice claims, disciplinary complaints, fee disputes, law firm governance and dissolutions, legal ethics advice, and law firm business issues.
Mr. Owen is also frequently retained as an appellate advocate for clients seeking to preserve or challenge trial court decisions and judgments.
Mr. Owen graduated from Emory University in 1995 with a double major in Economics and International Studies. He graduated summa cum laude and Order of the Coif from Tulane Law School in 2002, where he served as Editor in Chief of the Tulane Law Review. While at Tulane, he also received the John Minor Wisdom Award for academic excellence and contributions to the law school as well as the Dean’s Medal for the highest third-year grade point average.
Mr. Owen has made multiple presentations on the issues of business transactions, legal ethics and professionalism, and for the past several years has co-taught a Computer Law class with fellow firm member Bryan Reuter.
Mr. Owen has been selected for inclusion in Louisiana Super Lawyers every year since 2013, when he was initially selected as a rising star. He has been selected by his peers to be included in Best Lawyers in America every year since 2016 for Commercial Litigation and has also been selected in the area of Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants. In 2018, he was also named as a Top Lawyer by New Orleans Magazine for Legal Malpractice Law.
Mr. Owen is currently a member of the Board of Advisory Editors of the Tulane Law Review, a former President of the Tulane Law Review Alumni Association, a trustee of the SERRA Club of New Orleans, Treasurer for Pack 55 Cub Scouts, and serves as an assistant bar examiner for the Louisiana bar. He is also an active participant in the Holy Name of Jesus Men’s Club and Deswine Intervention, an annual and award-winning participant in Hogs for the Cause.
PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC ACTIVITIES
Co-Instructor, Computer Law, Loyola Law School (2006-present)
Member, Board of Advisory Editors of the Tulane Law Review
President of the Tulane Law Review Alumni Association (2017-19)
Trustee, SERRA Club of New Orleans (2019)
Treasurer for Pack 55 Cub Scouts (2018 – present)
Assistant Bar Examiner (2018 – present)
New Orleans Bar Association, Member
Louisiana State Bar Association, Member
Federal Bar Association, Member
PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
One Last Thing Before I Go: How to Ethically Collect a Fee After Being Terminated, with Eva J. Dossier, presented at Tulane Law School, 29th Annual CLE by the Hour, December 28, 2018.
Drafting and Reviewing Business Contracts, Agreements and Leases During Formation, for Business Formation: Start To Finish, National Business Institute (October 2018)(Paper Only)
Upholding Ethical Standards In Business Formation, for Business Formation: Start To Finish, National Business Institute (October 2018)(Paper Only)
At The Negotiation Table: Strategies to Avoid Bad Deals, presented at Negotiating Business Contracts, National Business Institute, June 22, 2018.
Non-Compete And Non-Solicitation Agreements, presented at Tulane Law School, 28th Annual CLE by the Hour: Updates and Recent Developments, December 27, 2017
Enforcing or Attacking Non-Compete/Non-Solicitation Agreements, New Orleans Bar Association, September 12, 2017
Making It Stick: How To Draft Enforceable Non-Compete And Non-Solicitation Provisions, 27th Annual CLE by the Hour: Updates & Recent Developments, Tulane Law School, December 27, 2016
Just When You Think It’s Over: Ethical Issues in Settling Cases, presented at 21st Annual CLE by the Hour, Tulane University Law School, December 28, 2010
When the Representation Goes Bad: How to Ethically Obtain Your Fee After Termination, presented at CLE á La Carte, Louisiana Association For Justice, December 29-30, 2009.
Pragmatic Professionalism: How to Deal with a Difficult Opponent, presented with William Ross, at 19th Annual CLE by the Hour: Updates and Recent Developments, Tulane Law School, December 30, 2008.
RIAA v. Verizon Internet Services, Inc.: Peer to Peer Networking Renders Section 512(h) Subpoenas Under the DMCA Obsolete , 24 Loy. L.A. Ent. L. Rev. 619 (2004).
Representation of various closely-held businesses, including in the health care, alcoholic beverage, and oil & gas industries, concerning company formation and governance, mergers and acquisitions, contract negotiations, employment issues, insurance coverage disputes, confidentiality concerns, and trade secret protection.
Representation of oil & gas company in trade secret dispute with former employees and partners.
Representation of mortgage service provider in disputes concerning insurance proceeds.
Representation of employer against claims of employment discrimination and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
Representation of various individuals and entities in multiple insurance coverage disputes.
Representation of manufacturer in products liability MDL.
Representation of pharmaceutical manufacturer in pharmaceutical MDL.
Representation of class of government employees in mold exposure class action.
Representation of numerous attorneys and law firms in legal malpractice and disciplinary proceedings.
Provided legal advice to numerous law firms on legal ethics and law firm business issues.
Representation of plaintiff in successful appeal of judgment in brain-injury case.