Douglas A. KewleyDirector
Douglas A. Kewley received his law degree from Tulane University in 1978. For more than twenty years, Mr. Kewley’s practice has covered many areas of the law, but has focused on construction, insurance, commercial and computer law. In addition to litigation, in both trial and appellate proceedings, Mr. Kewley’s practice involves arbitration and mediation as well as counseling, contract negotiation and dispute avoidance.
Before attending law school, Mr. Kewley worked in a manufacturing plant, where his duties included fabricating machinery, managing the testing department, creating and implementing the quality control program for the entire product line and assisting in product development and material selection. Mr. Kewley has extensive experience in metals and thermoplastic materials. Mr. Kewley created a series of test procedures to determine the service life of various materials in different environments.
In the area of construction law, Mr. Kewley handles matters involving structural collapse, roof failures, wall failures, HVAC inadequacies, life‑safety code violations and insurance coverage questions. Mr. Kewley has presented construction industry seminars to the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air‑Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) and Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA). Mr. Kewley also presents seminars to the legal community on construction law.
In the area of insurance law, Mr. Kewley handles matters including health insurance, disability insurance and life insurance, both under individual policies as well as group policies governed by ERISA. Mr. Kewley assists health, disability and life insurers with insurance law and ERISA questions as well as formulation of policy language. Mr. Kewley also handles insurance matters involving comprehensive general liability insurance, builders’ risk insurance, professional liability insurance, officers’ and directors’ insurance and surety bonds.
In the area of commercial law, Mr. Kewley handles lender liability matters, lease issues including both negotiation and enforcement, maritime commercial matters including bills of lading, vessel collision and towage contracts, and vessel construction contracts. In keeping with Gardner & Kewley’s commitment to commercial law and technology, Mr. Kewley practices copyright law, computer law and the law of the Internet. Mr. Kewley presents computer law seminars to the legal community and has appeared on television discussing computer law.
Mr. Kewley has been appointed to the American Arbitration Association’s Panel of Arbitrators as both a construction arbitrator and a commercial arbitrator and has completed the American Arbitration Association’s Comprehensive Skill Building Program on the Principles of Mediation. Mr. Kewley is also certified in computer support.
Mr. Kewley is admitted to practice before all Louisiana State Courts, the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.