Michelle I. Anderson
Michelle Anderson represents employers in all aspects of employment law in both state and federal courts, and before administrative agencies. Her practice focuses on representing employers against claims of unlawful discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, violations of leave and disability laws, and wage and hour related issues.
Michelle also litigates and advises employers on issues arising out of employee defection, including the prosecution and defense of claims involving non-compete and non-solicitation agreements, breaches of fiduciary duty and violations of trade secret laws.
Michelle provides guidance in the areas of employee handbooks, wage and hour compliance, policy and procedure development, and management training. Her entire legal career has focused on labor and employment law.
Michelle has participated in more than two dozen employment practices reviews; including large multi-state employee handbook and policy reviews that cover all 50 states. She has provided policy advice and evaluation to employers as small as five and to those with thousands of employees.
Her experience covers a variety of industries, including, but not limited to, staffing, healthcare, dentistry, production, manufacturing, restaurant, and hospitality. Michelle has also conducted wage and hour audits to determine proper employee classifications and payment under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Prior to practicing law, Michelle had a successful career in workforce development where she operated employment and training programs for a private non-profit corporation under contracts from the Department of Labor (DOL), the Washington State Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development (CTED), and the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS).
Michelle's background in executive management and workforce development has yielded practical knowledge and experience in addressing numerous workplace issues. Michelle has wide exposure to the challenges facing today's businesses and supervisors; ranging from compliance with state and federal employment requirements to hiring, training, evaluating, and retaining employees in an ever changing labor market.
Michelle was included in Louisiana Super Lawyers - Rising Stars in 2016.
- Jury verdict in favor of franchisor and franchisee in religious discrimination case alleging failure to accommodate a sincerely held religious belief governing appearance.
- Jury verdict in favor of auto dealership and owner in race discrimination and intentional torts (received prior partial summary judgment on gender discrimination and retaliation claims before trial).
- Arbitration win in favor of manufacturing client in wrongful termination claim in violation of the collective bargaining agreement.
- Summary judgment in favor of employer in ERISA case for manufacturing client, affirmed by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeal.
- Summary judgment in favor of employer in an age discrimination case for manufacturing client, affirmed by the 5th Circuit Court of Appeal.
- Two summary judgments in favor of dental practice employer and individual defendant alleging race and gender discrimination, breach of contract and other intentional torts. Also prevailed on a third summary judgment for the employer on a breach of contract claim against the plaintiff, resulting in a monetary judgment in favor of the company.
- Summary judgment in favor of employer in a race discrimination case for manufacturing client.
- Partial summary judgment (claim preclusion for failure to disclose lawsuit in bankruptcy proceedings) in favor of employer in a race discrimination case for manufacturing client.
- Summary judgment in favor of employer in a race discrimination case for leasing client.
- Dismissal (failure to state a claim) in favor of employer in whistleblower claim for aviation client.
- Dismissal (failure to state a claim) in favor of employer in wrongful termination claim for manufacturing client.
- Dismissal (statute of limitations) in favor of employer in unemployment benefits claim for medical client.
- Dismissal (statute of limitations) in favor of employer in unemployment benefits claim for security client.
- Dismissal (failure to state a claim) in favor employer in breach of contract claim for insurance client.
Honors & Leadership
- Member of the American Bar Association
- Member of the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce
- Member of the New Orleans Human Resources Management Association
- Contributing author to the Florida Chamber of Commerce Employment Law Manual since 2008
- Contributing author to the Fisher Phillips’ Employment Laws in the State of Louisiana publication since 2009
- Member of the Kappa Delta Sorority New Orleans Alumnae Association and a former chapter advisor and National Officer
- Serves on the Teaching Kitchen Committee at the Rosa Keller Library and Community Center in the Broadmoor community
- Member of the Krewe of Muses
- Fisher Phillips Welcomes Eighth Partner to New Orleans Office1.3.17
- New Orleans Labor and Employment Lawyers Named Among Best in State1.4.16
Seminars & Speaking Engagements
- One Day, Many Solutions New Orleans5.13.16
- "Employment Law: What You Need to Know” - The MJ Insurance Housing Forum in Indianapolis, Indiana
- Loyola University New Orleans School of LawJ.D. 2007
- Washington State UniversityB.A. 1995
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
- Florida Supreme Court
- Louisiana Supreme Court