MaryJo Roberts

MaryJo Roberts has practiced in the area of labor and employment law since 2007. Her practice area encompasses a broad range of labor and employment law disputes including Title VII and state law discrimination, harassment and retaliation litigation, Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) litigation, EEOC complaints and investigations, Department of Labor investigations and audits, employment contracts, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements, confidentiality agreements, and wage and garnishment litigation. She litigates a variety of state tort law claims including claims of defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, battery and assault. Ms. Roberts also provides employment advice and training on matters such as employee hiring and discharge, employee discipline and employment investigations, drafting employment handbooks and policies, Family and Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) issues, and Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) issues.

Ms. Roberts has also handled complex class action and collective action cases and has represented clients in all phases of the litigation process from inception through resolution in motion pleading, mediation, and trial. She practices before federal and state trial and appellate courts.

Prior to practicing labor and employment law, Ms. Roberts served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable James J. Brady, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana.

Education

  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

J.D., cum laude, 2006; Certificate in Civil Law; Loyola Law Review; Moot Court; Legal Research and Writing Teaching Assistant; Moot Court Teaching Assistant; Outstanding Achievement Award in Evidence; William L. Crowe Scholar

  • University of New Orleans

B.A., summa cum laude, in Political Science, 2002; Distinguished Political Science Graduate Award

Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association

Admissions

  • Louisiana
  • Texas
  • S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
  • S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
  • S. Supreme Court

Publications

  • Practical Law Contributor, Independent Contractors: Louisiana
  • “Porter v. Ascension Parish School Board: Drawing in the Contours of First Amendment Protection for Student Art and Expression,” 52 Loy. L. Rev. 467 (2006)

Speaking Engagements

  • Course Instructor, “FMLA and ADA Compliance Seminar” (March 2017)
  • Presenter, “Deciphering FMLA, ADA and Workers’ Compensation Issues” and “Preparing for Electronic Discovery in Litigation,” National Business Institute (December 2016)
  • Hiring and Firing Issues in the Workplace (June 2016)
  • Presenter, “I Have Employees: Now What,” Louisiana Small Business Development Center (3/24/2015) (March 2015)
  • American Payroll Association, presenter, “Wage Garnishments: The Basics and Beyond,” 2015 (March 2015)
  • Current Developments in Labor & Employment Law – LSU Law Center (March 2015)
  • “I have employees! Now what?” (April 2014)
  • Panelist, “The Future of Practicing Law in the Digital Age,” American Bar Association, Law Student Division (2012)
  • New Orleans Employment Law Seminar (August 2012)
  • National Business Institute CLE (January 2012)
  • Presenter, “Social Media in The Workplace: Can Employers Regulate Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn?,” National Business Institute (2011)
  • Co-Presenter, “Staying Afloat the Changing Tides Under the ADAAA, FMLA, and Pregnancy Laws,” New Orleans and Houston Employment Law Seminars (2011)
  • Presenter, “Handling Wage Garnishments Effectively,” American Payroll Association (2011)
  • Presenter, “Employment Law Overview and Strategies to Avoid Potential Employment Law Disputes,” University of New Orleans’ Non-Profit Law Graduate Course (2010)
  • Presenter, “Handling Wage Garnishments, Levies, and Child Support Orders,” American Payroll Association (2010)
  • Presenter, “How to See Your Future: State and Federal Legislative Developments in Employment Law,” Employment Law Seminar (2009)
  • Presenter, “Employment Law Updates: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Amendments and The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act,” Legal Secretaries of New Orleans and the River Region Meeting (2009)
  • Presenter, “Back to the Basics,” New Orleans Employment Law Seminar (2008)
  • Presenter, “How to Respond to EEOC Charges and Investigations,” Northshore Human Resources Forum (2008)
  • Presenter, “How to Succeed in Your HR Practice,” New Orleans Employment Law Seminar (2007)

Recognition

  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel (LADC) – Frank L. Maraist Award (2015)
  • National Black Lawyers – Top 40 Under 40 for Louisiana (2015)
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers – Rising Stars (2013-2017)

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