Reggie’s State License Revoked; Miller Speaks to the Advocate on Madi Brooks’ Family’s Efforts to Protect Students

Kerry Miller, a partner in Fishman Haygood’s Litigation Section, was quoted in the Advocate article “Reggie’s loses license, owner banned from running bars after Madison Brooks’ death” published on Apr. 27, 2023. Miller represents Ashley Baustert, the mother of Madison “Madi” Brooks, a 19-year-old LSU student who was struck by a car and killed in the early morning hours of Jan. 15, 2023. Upon investigation into the circumstances preceding Brooks’ death, the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office arrested four suspects on third-degree rape charges.

On the night of Jan. 14, Brooks was permitted entry at Reggie’s bar, given an over-21 wristband, and sold alcoholic beverages. The state license revocation ensures that Reggie’s can never reopen under current ownership. As part of the consent agreement, Reggie’s owner Darin Adams was assessed a $15,000 fine. Click here to read the article.

Brooks’ family hopes to continue aiding efforts to deter underage drinking in Louisiana. During the current legislative session, they are supporting a bill by Sen. Beth Mizell that would prohibit anyone under the legal drinking age from entering a bar. Read the Advocate’s coverage of Senate Bill 194 here.

They are also focused on Brooks’ legacy. Brooks, an organ donor, gave her heart and kidneys to recipients in need. In her memory, the Madison Brooks Foundation was formed to “provide financial help to those in need, to advocate for the safety of young adults, and to spread awareness for the gift of organ donation.”

Miller also was interviewed by WAFB Channel 9 News in Baton Rouge. Click here to watch.