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Phyllis G. Cancienne


Phyllis G. Cancienne, managing shareholder of the Firm's Baton Rouge office, represents employers in all aspects of employment litigation, including class actions, before state and federal courts throughout the country, as well as governmental agencies including the EEOC and the Department of Labor.

Professional Biography


Ms. Cancienne has also handled numerous employment–related arbitrations and mediations. Ms. Cancienne has extensive experience drafting employee handbooks, employment contracts, confidentiality/trade secret agreements, and covenants not to compete, as well as rendering advice to employers on all federal and state employment laws, including Title VII, ADA, FMLA, GINA, ADEA, NLRA and the FLSA, just to name a few.

Ms. Cancienne's experience also includes representation of hospitals and other health care providers in False Claims Act litigation medical staff governance issues, drafting physician contracts, and peer review and credentialing matters.

Representative Matters
  • Serves as primary L&E counsel to a large, multi-state construction and industrial maintenance company employing more than 25,000 individuals.

  • Served as lead counsel on a Title VII mass action by more than 250 employees alleging systemic work place bias and harassment. Successfully resolved through motion practice and nominal settlements.

  • Served as lead counsel for several Louisiana-based hospitals in disruptive physician and medical staff peer review hearings, as well as extensive experience regarding HCQIA immunity.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2013 in Employment Law - Management and Litigation - Labor and Employment  
  • Listed in Chambers USA since 2010 as a leading labor & employment lawyer 
  • Listed in Louisiana Super Lawyers in the area of labor and employment since 2010; listed among the top 25 female attorneys in the state (2011, 2015, 2017 – 2020) 
  • Recognized by Who's Who Legal in Labor and Employment (2019)
  • Member – American Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section; ABA/EEO Liaison Committee)
  • Member – Federal Bar Association (New Orleans Chapter)
  • Member – Louisiana State Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section)
  • Member – Baton Rouge Bar Association
  • Member – New Orleans Bar Association
  • Member – American Health Law Association
  • Member – Employment Law Alliance, Louisiana Representative
  • Member – Louisiana Hospital Association
  • Member – Louisiana Chemical Industry Alliance
  • Appointed – Louisiana Bar Foundation's Kids' Chance Committee (2015 – 2017)
  • Vice Chair – Louisiana State University Law Center 2015 – 2016 Annual Fund
Civic Activities
  • Recipient – Female Mentor of the Year Award, Postlethwaite & Netterville (2010) 
  • Committee Member – "Taste of the Tournament," Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center (2010) and Co-chair of Sponsorship Committee (2011) 
  • Recipient – Louisiana Appleseed's "Good Apple" Award (2009) 
  • Volunteer – Appleseed Project, Louisiana Bar Foundation 
  • Fellow – Louisiana Bar Foundation
Speaking Engagements
Press Releases


  • Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, J.D., 1989
    • Member – Moot Court Board
    • Tullis Moot Court Competition, Semi-Finalist
  • Louisiana State University, B.A., 1985


  • Louisiana, 1989
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal
  • U.S. District Courts, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi, pro hac vice
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, pro hac vice
  • U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina, pro hac vice

Phyllis Cancienne is regarded as a 'good strategic thinker' by sources familiar with her practice. She handles all types of employment claims including multiplaintiff, class and collective actions, frequently representing clients in the construction, healthcare, manufacturing and hospitality industries.

The 'very smart and very practical' Phyllis Cancienne is an expert trial lawyer handling single-plaintiff, multi-plaintiff, class and collective actions across all types of employment litigation.

Phyllis Cancienne is a 'very responsive and extremely knowledgeable' attorney who acts on an impressive range of employment litigation, including defending against collective and class actions. Interviewees describe her as 'outstanding in terms of providing high value for the services rendered.'

Phyllis Cancienne has a national dispute-based practice, and typically acts for clients from the construction, telecommunications, hospitality and healthcare industries. She offers particular expertise in class actions. One source described her as 'highly regarded and very successful.'

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