Joe Hugg is a Partner in the New Orleans office, practicing in the Labor and Employment section. His practice focuses primarily on managing the defense of employment discrimination and wage-and-hour lawsuits and administrative charges on behalf of local and national corporations, as well as advising management on employee-relations and traditional labor law issues. Mr. Hugg also represents employers in immigration law matters, obtaining employment based visas for public and private organizations.
For several years, Mr. Hugg has devoted substantial time to advising educational organizations regarding a wide variety of legal issues, and he is active in the Louisiana charter school movement. He serves on the Board of Trustees for the Algiers Charter School Association (ACSA), the largest charter management organization in the State, operating six public schools and serving more than 4000 students.
He is the Co-chair of the ABA/EEO Liaison Committee for Labor & Employment Law, and he regularly speaks regarding emerging labor and employment law issues at seminars, such as the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools (LAPCS) seminar, the Society of Human Resources Managers (NOLA SHRM) annual meeting, the Society of Louisiana CPAs annual conference, the Louisiana Chemical Association Management Seminar, the Association of Corporate Counsel's local annual seminar, Lorman Educational Services' annual seminar, the Association of Legal Administrators' Annual Luncheon, the Greater New Orleans Hotel & Lodging Association's annual seminar and monthly luncheons, the Greater New Orleans Society of Hospital Human Resources Administrator's annual meeting, and the Firm's Management Update Briefing Seminar. Mr. Hugg has also lectured Business students at the University of New Orleans (UNO) regarding employment practices.
He has also co-authored articles for The Corporate Counselor, a national newsletter featuring advice to corporate management, and Long-Term Living Magazine, a national publication devoted to issues facing the elderly and residential life facilities.
Mr. Hugg also serves on the Board of Directors for the following organizations:
Committee for a Better New Orleans (CBNO);
ABA/EEO Liaison Committee for Labor & Employment Law; and
Beacon of Hope, a non-profit organization devoted to fostering neighborhood redevelopment in New Orleans.
Mr. Hugg received his Juris Doctor degree from Tulane University Law School in 2007 and his Bachelor of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from the University of the South in 2004.
Honors and Awards
Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for three consecutive years
Named Top Lawyers of New Orleans by New Orleans Magazine, 2014, 2015 and 2016
AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated.
Named a Rising Star in the area of Employment & Labor by Louisiana Super Lawyers for the past six consecutive years.
Member, Board of Trustees for the Committee for Better New Orleans (CBNO)
Member, Board of Trustees, Algiers Charter School Association
Member, Board of Directors, Beacon of Hope Resource Center
Bryan Bell Metropolitan Leadership Forum, Committee for a Better New Orleans (Leadership Class of 2015)
•“5 Reasons Why Employers CANNOT Rest Easy Under a Trump Administration ” January 2017
•“Will the Teachers Union Organize Your Charter School Next? ” April 2016
•“Recent NLRB Actions Force Employers to Change Established Policies and Practices ” The Corporate Counselor, Volume 29, Number 11, February 2015
•“Legal Update: Tip Pooling and Mandatory Service Charges ” January 2014
•“Supreme Court Issues Four Decisions Favorable to Employers ” The Corporate Counselor, Vol. 28, No. 5, September 2013
•“New I-9 Form Released for Immediate Use ” Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc. Pelican Chapter, March 2013
•“EEOC Recognizes Title VII Cause of Action For Transgender Individuals ” The Corporate Counselor, Vol. 27, No. 5, September 2012
• Attention Employers: Be wary of Genetic Discrimination , Long Term Living (October 12, 2011)
• Courts Clarify Damages Caps Under Federal Employment Discrimination Statutes , The Corporate Counselor, Vol. 26, No. 5 (September 2011)
• Are Your Independent Contractors Really Independent? , The Corporate Counselor, Vol. 26, No. 1 (February 2011)
• Health Care Reform: Prepare for the Changes Already Approved, and Stay Tuned , The Corporate Counselor, Vol. 25, No. 3 (July 2010)
• New Burdens for Federal Contractors: Sign of Things to Come? , The Corporate Counselor, Vol. 24, No. 8 (December 2009)