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Laura E. Carlisle

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Laura Carlisle is an employment and business litigator with a practice spanning a number of industries, including health care, construction, utilities, and affordable housing.

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Obtained summary judgment for international company in multi-plaintiff FLSA suit alleging misclassification and failure to pay overtime.

Won dismissal of the claims with prejudice before the United States of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit on behalf of national accounting firm accused of professional negligence and malpractice.

Successfully defended numerous clients both inside and outside Louisiana in matters involving non-compete and non-solicitation agreements and claims for misappropriation of trade secrets.

Professional Biography

Overview

Ms. Carlisle's employment experience includes defending national, regional and local employers against state and federal wage claims, alleged FLSA violations, federal and state discrimination and harassment allegations, retaliation and other policy violations. She also counsels employers on independent contractor issues, personnel and workplace policies, FMLA and ADA compliance, covenants not to compete, confidentiality agreements, non-disparagement clauses, employment and severance agreements, executive compensation, and wage and hour issues.

Ms. Carlisle has a broad range of other litigation experience, as well. She regularly defends clients in matters across the country related to corporate entity disputes and claims of breach of fiduciary duty, non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, trade secret misappropriation, and claims of unfair and deceptive trade practices. Ms. Carlisle's experience also includes defending clients in matters involving claims of accountant malpractice and various forms of professional negligence. She regularly appears before the EEOC and in courts both inside and outside Louisiana, as well as the United States Court of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit. She has also appeared before the Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants, Louisiana medical review panels, and numerous licensing boards across the country.

While in law school, Ms. Carlisle was a member of the Vanderbilt Law Review. She is a member of several non-profit organizations in the Greater New Orleans area and has served on a number of boards and committees.

Representative Matters
  • Obtained summary judgment for international company in multi-plaintiff FLSA suit alleging misclassification and failure to pay overtime.

  • Defended regional utility company in several multi-plaintiff FLSA suits across multiple states that alleged misclassification and failure to pay overtime; obtained critical summary judgment rulings in favor of the client as well as favorable settlements.

  • Won dismissal of the claims with prejudice before the United States of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit on behalf of national accounting firm accused of professional negligence and malpractice.

  • Successfully defended numerous clients both inside and outside Louisiana in matters involving non-compete and non-solicitation agreements and claims for misappropriation of trade secrets.

  • Defended and represented investor entities in Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) partnerships in multiple, multi-million dollar disputes involving claims for breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, and similar theories of recovery.

  • Defended contractor in multiple lawsuits arising from the administration of post-disaster relief programs, obtaining summary judgment in favor of the client in several of those suits.

  • Favorable judgment for an international company against multimillion dollar Louisiana state-law retaliation and discrimination claims.

  • Achieved a favorable judgment in the appellate defense of an employer in an ADA discrimination and failure to accommodate case before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • Listed in Louisiana Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Business Litigation (2019)
  • Member – Federal Bar Association
  • Member – Louisiana Bar Association
  • Member – New Orleans Bar Association
  • Member – Bar Association of the 5th Circuit
  • Member – Harry Phillips American Inn of Court, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Member – Federalist Society
Civic Honors & Activities
  • Board of Directors – Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans
  • Board of Directors – Save Our Cemeteries, Inc.
  • Hogs for the Cause, Team Piggy Stardust
  • Pro Bono Project's Justice for All Ball
Publications
Speaking Engagements
  • Presenter – "Round 2: The DOL Proposes New Overtime (and Other) Rules," New Orleans ABA/EEO Committee for Liaison with EEOC, OFCCP and DOJ (April 2019)
  • Co-presenter – "The Inside Scoop: Understanding and Reducing Legal Risks in the Workplace" (December 2018)
  • Co-presenter – "Realistic Expectations and Outcomes of Nonprofit Board Committee Meetings," AFP Greater New Orleans Fundraising Conference (June 2018)
  • Co-presenter – "The EEOC's New Guidance on Retaliation," The Inside Scoop: Understanding and Reducing Legal Risks in the Workplace (New Orleans) (November 2017)
  • Presenter – "Telling Your Story: Keys to an Effective Position Statement," Lorman Education Services (January 2016 and June 2017)
  • Presenter – "Overcoming Employer Documentation Challenges: Ensuring Legally Defensible Paper Trails," NBI, Inc. Seminar "Human Resources Law from A to Z" (November 2016)
  • Presenter – "A Winning To-Do List for Employers: Motivate, Manage and Minimize Risk (New Orleans)" (June 2016)
  • Presenter – "Telling Your Story: Keys to an Effective Position Statement," Lorman Education Services Webinar (January 2016)
  • Co-presenter – "Avoiding the Minefield of the FLSA," CLE presentation (April 2013)

Awards

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Education

  • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 2011
    • Member – Vanderbilt Law Review
    • Chancellor's Law Scholarship
  • University of Virginia, B.A. Government – Foreign Affairs, 2008
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Echols Scholar  

Admissions

  • Louisiana, 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana

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