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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 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 Resource 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)
Best Lawyers Award Badge
USA Chambers 2018 - Susan Fahey Desmond

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

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)

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May 3, 2018
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Jackson Lewis and Its Attorneys Recognized in Chambers USA 2018

May 3, 2018

WHITE PLAINS, NY (May 3, 2018) 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 2018 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, a prestigious annual guide ranking the leading law firms in the U.S. The firm... Read More

August 15, 2017
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Best Lawyers in America© Honors Jackson Lewis Attorneys in Its 2018 Edition

August 15, 2017

WHITE PLAINS, NY (August 15, 2017) Jackson Lewis P.C., one of the country’s preeminent workplace law firms, is pleased to announce 193 attorneys, were recognized in the 2018 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©, a publication that has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. The Best Lawyers lists are... Read More

July 27, 2017
Bloomberg BNA

Susan Fahey Desmond Discusses Implications of Disciplining Employees for Off-Duty Conduct

July 27, 2017

Susan Fahey Desmond discusses implications of employer liability for workers regarding discipline for off-duty conduct in "Proceed With Caution in Discipline for Off-Duty Conduct," published by Bloomberg BNA.  Subscription may be required to view article 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