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Amelia Williams Koch


Mimi Koch has substantial experience in all aspects of employment litigation and counseling.

Professional Biography


Ms. Koch has handled matters concerning the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Title VII, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, covenants not to compete, personnel policies and manuals, state discrimination and wage statutes, and employment and severance agreements. She has defended FLSA collective actions and related class actions concerning state law wage claims and has also represented clients in wage matters before the United States Department of Labor.

Ms. Koch has done antitrust audits and compliance programs; analyzed antitrust issues attendant to business organization formation; and handled antitrust litigation and counseling.

Ms. Koch has also represented accounting firms in malpractice actions and disciplinary proceedings.

Representative Matters
  • Successfully defended an international disaster recovery and remediation company in an $85 million suit in the Middle District of Florida against civil claims asserted under the RICO Act, as well as for fraud, civil conspiracy, tortious interference and related business torts involving alleged conspiratorial misconduct with the plaintiffs' insurers and adjusters, third-party construction managers and others related to property damage claims for nine beach front hotels stemming from hurricanes Charlie, Francis and Jeanne.

  • Served as lead counsel on dozens of internal investigations regarding sensitive EEO and other violations of company policy in a heavily regulated environment.

  • Served as lead counsel on dozens of Title VII, ADA, FMLA, and other EEO cases for clients, including health care providers, throughout Louisiana.

  • Served as lead counsel for a Louisiana hospital in a disruptive physician suit regarding allegations of unfair trade practices, breach of contract, and tortious interference, as well as the implications of HCQIA to the matter. Case resolved for a nominal amount after all other allegations dismissed via summary judgment. 

  • Served as lead counsel for a Louisiana hospital system in breach of contract and related theories regarding traditional provider-payor disputes. Case resolved favorably after motion practice.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2005 in the areas of Antitrust Law, Antitrust Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Labor & Employment Law, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants and Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2016 Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2017 and 2013 New Orleans Litigation - Antitrust "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Listed in Louisiana Super Lawyers since 2007
  • Listed as a top Labor & Employment lawyer in Louisiana since 2013 by Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers 
  • Named to "Leadership in Law," New Orleans CityBusiness (2011)
  • Recognized as a "Top Lawyer" by New Orleans Magazine (2010 – 2016) 
  • Listed among top 25 female attorneys in Louisiana by Louisiana Super Lawyers (2009)
  • Member – American Bar Association (Antitrust Section; Labor and Employment Law Section; Health Care Section)
  • Member – Louisiana State Bar Association; Council of Antitrust Section; Antitrust Section; Labor and Employment Law Section; Former Member of Louisiana Bar Journal Editorial Board and Client Protection Fund Committee
  • Member – New Orleans Bar Association (Past Board Member; Treasurer, 1994 – 1996)
  • Member – American Health Lawyers Association
  • Member – Louisiana Hospital Association
  • Fellow – American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow – Louisiana Bar Foundation
  • Member – Federal Bar Association (Past President, 1996 – 1997, and Past Board Member of New Orleans Chapter)
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Board Member – Tennessee Williams Literary Festival
  • Board Member – Federalist Society, New Orleans Chapter
  • Board Member/Treasurer – Louisiana Supreme Court Historical Society (2009 – 2012)
  • Planning Committee – Justice for All Ball (2010)
  • Past Board Member – Save Our Cemeteries
  • Past Board Member/President – Garden District Association
  • Past Board Member – Legal Aid Bureau (President, 1992 – 1994)
Speaking Engagements
  • "The Inside Scoop: Understanding and Reducing Legal Risks in the Workplace" (December 2018)
  • "A Winning To-Do List for Employers: Motivate, Manage and Minimize Risk (New Orleans)" (June 2016)
  • Co-presenter – "Win Employee Loyalty: Creating Satisfaction and Motivation," Baker Donelson Labor and Employment Seminar "A Winning To-Do List for Employers: Motivate, Manage and Minimize Risk" (June 2016)
  • Co-presenter – "The New DOL: Not Business as Usual," Baker Donelson Labor and Employment Seminar "Stay Out of Hot Water: Hot Topics and Best Practices in Employment Law" (July 2014)
  • Co-presenter – "Common Issues that Arise During the Employment Relationship: Employee Discipline, Avoiding Retaliation, and Wage and Hour Concerns," Baker Donelson Employment Law Seminar for Employers, New Orleans, Louisiana (May 2013)
Press Releases

Amelia Williams Koch is a versatile employment litigator whose practice includes single plaintiff and class action suits involving issues such as discrimination claims and alleged FLSA violations. She also counsels clients on company-wide HR policies and noncompete covenants.

Amelia Koch handles the full range of employment litigation, but also provides advice and training to clients in the energy, healthcare and gaming industries.

Amelia Williams Koch works on employment litigation, including class and collective actions. She often advises on disability and age discrimination claims.

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