Magdalen Blessey Bickford: Lawyer with Jackson Lewis P.C.

Magdalen Blessey Bickford

New Orleans,  LA  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Disability
  • Leave and Health Management
  • Labor and Preventive Practices
  • General Employment Litigation
  • Wage and Hour
  • Management and Employee Training
  • Reductions in Force
  • WARN Act
  • Non-Competes and Protection Against Unfair Competition
University Loyola University New Orleans, B.A., cum laude, 1983
Law SchoolLoyola University New Orleans School of Law, J.D., 1986
Admitted1986, Louisiana; 1986, Louisiana - E.D. La.; 2009, 5th Circuit Court of Appeals; 1986, Louisiana - W.D. La.; 1986, Louisiana - M.D. La.

Professional Associations and Activities

American Bar Association
Association of Directory Publishers, Past Co-Vice Chair of the Legal Affairs Committee
Defense Research Institute
Human Resources Management Association of New Orleans
Louisiana State Bar Association
New Orleans Bar Association
New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute (2008 graduate)
Society of Human Resources Management
Women's Professional Council, Board Member and Bylaws Chair


Magdalen Bickford is a Principal in the New Orleans, Louisiana, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She is engaged in representing management and employers in labor and employment litigation. Ms. Bickford also provides consultation to employers regarding best practices in the workplace, policy and procedure implementation, management training and education, and general counsel.

After law school, Ms. Bickford practiced at a leading union labor and employment law firm, where she practiced in labor and employment, workers' compensation, toxic tort, asbestos and general civil litigation. In 1996, Ms. Bickford joined The SunShine Pages, a regional independent telephone directory company with headquarters in Louisiana, as Vice President of Human Resources and Corporate Counsel. In that capacity, Ms. Bickford represented management and created the Human Resources Department for The SunShine Pages and grew the company from forty to approximately three hundred employees with operations in six states. In addition to managing all aspects of human resources and employment law, Ms. Bickford handled litigation risk management, governmental compliance and lobbying, internal investigations, contractual negotiations and obligations, regulatory and telecommunication issues before the Federal Communications Commission as well as the Public Service Commissions of Louisiana, Florida and Texas. She was also responsible for general litigation in her role as Corporate Counsel.

The SunShine Pages was later acquired by EATEL Corporation in September, 2000, where Ms. Bickford continued her legal and human resources responsibilities for the directory division until May, 2002. During this tenure, she also managed directory distribution, customer service and administration. Prior to joining Jackson Lewis, beginning in May, 2002, Ms. Bickford practiced with Milling Benson Woodward, specializing in employment litigation and chairing that firm's corporate section.

Ms. Bickford is the past Co-Vice Chair of the Legal Affairs Committee of the Association of Directory Publishers which pioneered the passage of Section 222e of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and The Third Report and Order issued by the Federal Communications Commission interpreting that statute. She has successfully appeared in numerous courts and administrative agencies on behalf of management in several states, as well as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and National Labor Relations Board.

Ms. Bickford has litigated, lectured and counseled extensively in all areas of employment law, including but not limited to, employment policies and procedures for employee handbooks, hiring, counseling and separation of employees, employee discipline, reduction in force, leave, employee growth and development, employee benefits, workers' compensation, non-compete agreements, privacy issues, compensation plans and strategies, restructuring and downsizing, discrimination, arbitration, EEO, FLSA, FMLA, ADA and general federal and state legal compliance as well as general policies and procedures in the workplace.

Honors and Recognitions

•Named one of the New Orleans CitiBusiness Women of the Year (2009)

Pro Bono and Community Involvement

•Junior League of New Orleans
•New Orleans Spring Fiesta
•St. Anna's Residence, Board Member and Treasurer


April 23, 2013

Accommodation of Underlings' Not Reasonable under Louisiana Discrimination Law, Federal Court Rules

April 23, 2013

An “accommodation of underlings” was not a reasonable accommodation as a matter of law, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled, affirming summary judgment in favor of the employer in a disability discrimination case under the Louisiana Employment Discrimination Law. Bell v. Hercules Lifeboat Co., No. 12-30843 (

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Magdalen Blessey Bickford

650 Poydras Street, Suite 1900
New OrleansLA 70130


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