Susan F. Desmond: Lawyer with Jackson Lewis P.C.

Susan F. Desmond

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New Orleans,  LA  U.S.A.
Phone(504) 208-1755

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Practice Areas

  • Disability
  • Leave and Health Management
  • General Employment Litigation
  • Construction
  • Education
  • Financial Services
  • Gaming and Hospitality
  • Health Care
University University of Mississippi, B.A., 1982
Law SchoolUniversity of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., 1985
Admitted1985, Mississippi; 1996, Colorado (inactive); 1998, Louisiana; 2009, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida

Professional Associations and Activities

•American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Law Section; past chair, Labor Committee; Executive Council Coordinator, Young Lawyers Section; Torts and Insurance Practice Section; Emerging Issues Committee)
•Federal Bar Assocation
•Jackson Young Lawyers Association, Director
•The Mississippi Bar Young Lawyers Division, Director


Susan Fahey Desmond is a Shareholder in the New Orleans, Louisiana, office of Jackson Lewis P.C. She maintains an active practice in both Louisiana and Mississippi.

Ms. Desmond specializes in the areas of labor and employment and civil litigation, including representing employers in Family and Medical Leave cases, discrimination claims relative to age, sex, disability, race, religion, and sexual harassment, and handling EEOC charges and other administrative complaints through the administrative and judicial process.

Ms. Desmond also routinely counsels clients on a variety of employment practices, including employment contracts and employee handbooks and policies. She conducts employee training seminars, harassment investigations, and frequently speaks on employment-related topics for groups such as the Society for Human Resources Management, Compliance Online, and other management organizations.

Honors and Recognitions

Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers, Labor and Employment Law
•Outstanding Young Lawyer in Mississippi (1997-1998)

Published Works

• Complying with Employment Regulations, 2011 ed (Leading Lawyers on Analyzing Legislation and Adapting to the Changing State of Employment Law, Aspature Books) [Contributing Author]
• International Labor and Employment Laws, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law (2003 to the present) [Contributing Author]
Employment Law, A Practical Compliance Reference (M. Lee Smith Publishers, 2010 and 2011) [Contributing Author]
•“Fair Labor Standards Act,” Mississippi Employment Law Practice Handbook (University of Mississippi, 2009 and 2003)
Mississippi Employment Law Letter (2003- 2011) [Contributing Editor]
•“The Latest Public Sector Labor and Employment Law Developments,” Public Sector Employment Law (2005)
•“Significant New Developments in Discrimination and Retaliation Law,” Public Sector Employment Law (2005)
•“Employment Law Issues on the Information Superhighway,” Mississippi Business Law Journal (1997)


August 21, 2014

EEOC Releases Demanding New Pregnancy Discrimination Guidance

August 21, 2014

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's new Enforcement Guidance on Pregnancy Discrimination and Related Issues describes the agency's view of prohibitions on discrimination against pregnant workers and how the EEOC sees employment laws enacted in the past 30 years, such as the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act...

March 14, 2013

Employment Dispute Resolution Program Binding on Employee under Louisiana Law, Federal Court Rules

March 14, 2013

An employer's dispute resolution program, stating that it was not “intended to violate or restrict any rights of employees guaranteed by state or federal laws,” did not give rise to the right to a jury trial, and so an employee was required to submit his age discrimination claim to binding arbitration, a federal appeals...

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August 17, 2015
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Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2016

August 17, 2015

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 17, 2015) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country's preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce 137 of the firm's attorneys have been named to the 2016 edition of Best Lawyers. In addition, 10 attorneys were named “Lawyer of the Year” in their respective


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Former Employee in Louisiana Bites Back, Files Suit Against Employer for Threatening to Enforce Non-Compete
February 5, 2015

Louisiana has strict requirements for enforcement of non-compete agreements which are not “favored” in the Pelican state. In a recent case, Boudreaux v.

By Susan F. Desmond

Non-Compete & Trade Secrets Report
Louisiana Court of Appeals Holds Non-Compete Was Triggered When Employment Agreement Expired, Not When Actual Employment Ended
July 11, 2014

The Louisiana Court of Appeals, First Circuit, recently affirmed a lower court's denial of a preliminary injunction to enforce a covenant not to compete in Gulf Industries, Inc. v. Boylan (La. App. 1 Cir. June 6, 2014). The case demonstrates continued careful scrutiny by Louisiana courts of non-compete agreements.

By Susan F. Desmond


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Former Employee in Louisiana Bites Back, Files Suit Against Employer for Threatening to Enforce Non-Compete
Susan F. Desmond, March 31, 2015
Louisiana has strict requirements for enforcement of non-compete agreements which are not “favored” in the Pelican state. In a recent case, Boudreaux v. OS Restaurant Services, LLC, a former employee in Louisiana preemptively filed a lawsuit claiming a violation of Louisiana’s...

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Susan F. Desmond

650 Poydras Street, Suite 1900
New OrleansLA 70130


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