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Susan Fahey Desmond

New Orleans

P 504-208-1755
F 504-208-1759


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

Ms. Desmond focuses her practice 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 specializes in wage and hour litigation as well as non-compete litigation.  

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 Resource Management,  Aurora Training Center, Edupliance, Audiosolutionz, 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)
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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 Association
  • Jackson Young Lawyers Association, Director
  • The Mississippi Bar Young Lawyers Division, Director
  • Mississippi Bar Association, Labor and Employee Committee (member 2015-present; Vice President, 2017-2018)

Published Works

  • “Legal Aspects of Doing Business in North America” (Juris Publishing, 2012) [Contributing Author]
  • "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, 2011, and 2015) [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)

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August 15, 2019
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The Best Lawyers in America 2020 Honors Jackson Lewis Attorneys

August 15, 2019

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce more than 210 attorneys throughout the firm’s locations have been recognized in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, a publication that has become universally regarded as a definitive... Read More

April 25, 2019
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Chambers USA Recognizes Jackson Lewis and Its Attorneys in 2019 Edition

April 25, 2019

WHITE PLAINS, NY (April 25, 2019) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce the firm and 72 of its attorneys have been recognized in the 2019 Edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, a prestigious annual guide ranking the leading law firms in the U.S.... Read More

August 15, 2018
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Jackson Lewis Attorneys Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

August 15, 2018

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2018) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce more than 200 attorneys throughout the firm’s locations have been named to the 2019 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a publication that has become universally regarded as a definitive guide to legal... Read More

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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. Read More

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. Read More