Melissa M. Samuel

Experience

Ms. Samuel, resident in the firm’s Baton Rouge office, represents employers in all aspects of labor and employment law, including employment discrimination, wrongful discharge and wage payment litigation, employee benefits and employment policies, and labor disputes. Ms. Samuel spent seven years as in-house counsel with two publically traded companies, and as such has particular expertise in advising employers with regard to executive compensation, corporate governance, employment considerations in mergers and acquisitions, non-compete/trade secret disputes, benefits plan design and compliance, OSHA recordkeeping, and all manner human resources issues that employers face on a daily basis. Ms. Samuel also has extensive experience in representing employers in complex class and collective actions, including actions arising under the ADEA, Title VII, ERISA, the FLSA and California‚Äôs Business and Professions Code 17200. Additionally, Ms. Samuel has expertise in the area of affirmative action compliance, including preparing the narrative and statistical portions of affirmative action plans for federal government contractors, and representing clients during OFCCP compliance checks, compliance reviews, and conciliation. Ms. Samuel also regularly conducts workforce training in affirmative action compliance, fostering diversity in the workplace, and prevention of workplace harassment. Finally, Ms. Samuel has expertise in traditional labor matters, such as workforce training on union avoidance, and representing employers in collective bargaining, work stoppages, unfair labor practice charges, and representation campaigns.

Education

Georgetown University Law Center, LLM Labor and Employment Law, 1997
Santa Clara University School of Law, J.D., 1996
San Jose State University, B.S. (Administration of Justice), 1993

Memberships

American Bar Association
State Bar of California
Louisiana Bar Association
Baton Rouge Bar Association

Admitted

California, 1996
Pennsylvania, 1997 (inactive)
New Jersey, 1997 (inactive)
Louisiana, 2004

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