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Michael S. Mitchell

Senior Counsel, New Orleans


Mike Mitchell is Senior Counsel in the firm's New Orleans office. His practice includes traditional labor law matters such as collective bargaining, arbitration, union avoidance and unfair labor practice proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). He has nearly 40 years of experience in those areas.  He is also a litigator, including four years as a Judge Advocate in the U.S. Air Force.  He has successfully argued many cases in state and federal district courts, before the NLRB, as well as several U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals. 

Mike also performs preventive training and is much in demand as a speaker. He has addressed conferences and trade associations across the country on labor and employment topics. Mike is also experienced in representing hospitality employers. He is "AV" Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. He was listed in Madison's Who's Who in American Law, and he has been recognized in Louisiana Super Lawyers since 2007. Mike is also listed in The Legal 500, The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers.


Reported Cases

  • Dorsey Trailers v. NLRB, 233 F.3d 831 (4th Cir. 2000)
  • Hartsell v. Dr. Pepper, 207 F.3d 269 (5th Cir. 2000)
  • Jaetzold v. Glazer's Wholesale, 199 F.3d 437 (5th Cir. 1999)
  • Dorsey Trailers v. NLRB, 134 F.3d 125 (3d Cir. 1998)
  • Chatman v. Glazer's Wholesale Drug, 77 F.3d 479 (5th Cir. 1996)
  • Walker v. Southern Holding, 934 F. Supp. 197 (M.D. La. 1996)
  • Gulf South Medical & Surgical Institute v. Aetna Life Ins. Co., 39 F.3d 520 (5th Cir. 1994)
  • Missouri Portland Cement v. NLRB, 965 F.2d 217 (7th Cir. 1992)
  • Walther v. National Tea Co., 848 F.2d 518 (5th Cir. 1988)
  • Amalgamated Transit Union Div. 1560 v. Transit Management of Southeast Louisiana, 682 F. Supp 313 (E.D. La. 1988)
  • Benchmark Industries, 270 NLRB 22 (1984)

Honors & Leadership

Honors & Awards

  • Louisiana Super Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers
  • AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Activities

  • Member, Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Member, West Virginia State Bar Association
  • Member, The Federalist Society
  • Member, Global Association of Hospitality Attorneys
  • Member, Society for Human Resource Management

Community Activities

  • Former Vice President of the Board of Governors, Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre
  • President. New Orleans Theatre Association
  • President, Japanese Garden Foundation of New Orleans
  • Past President, International Executives Association
  • Former Board Member, Metropolitan Crime Commission
  • Former Board Member, New Orleans Botanical Garden Foundation
  • Past President, Greater New Orleans Executives Association, (Executive of the Year, 2004)
  • Member, MENSA


Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • "The Changing NLRB," 2011 Global Strategic Management Institute, Human Resources Conference, Houston TX.
  • "Update on EFCA," 2009 Louisiana Restaurant Association Expo, New Orleans LA
  • "The Nuts and Bolts of Union Organizing in Hotels," 7th Annual Hospitality Law Conference, Houston TX
  • "Update of the Employee Free Choice Act," Sunrise Rotary Club, Baton Rouge LA
  • "Collective Bargaining and Union Organizing Trends in the Hospitality Industry," 6th Annual Hospitality Law Conference, Houston TX
  • "Union Organizing in the Hospitality Industry: A Report From the Front," 5th Annual Hospitality Law Conference, Houston TX
  • "The Future of Labor Relations in the Hospitality Industry." 2006 Panel discussion for investors sponsored by CIBC World Markets Investment Bank, New York, NY
  • "Employment Law Update," 2006 Southern Gas Association Management Conference
  • "Employment Law Update," 21st Management and Leadership Conference, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Washington DC
  • "Some Foreign Concepts: A Review of the Laws Dealing With Language and Aliens (Legal and Illegal) ink the Workplace," 39th Annual Lawyers' Conference, Blue Cross/Blue Shield Association, Houston TX
  • "What Laws Will We Break This Year?" 2005 annual meeting of Support Local Area Businesses, New Orleans LA
  • "Lessons for Law Firms, Post-Katrina," 35th Annual Labor and Employment Law Institute, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Atlanta GA
  • "Everything You Wanted to Know About Employment Law -- But Were Afraid To Ask,"2004 annual conference Independent School Association of the Southwest, Dallas TX
  • "Education Law In Louisiana," 2004 seminar, National Business Institute, New Orleans LA
  • "Forum on Employment Law," 2004 Annual meeting Southeast Carwash Association, New Orleans LA
  • "Performance Evaluations, Discipline and Discharge,"
    19th Annual Management and Leadership Conference, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Washington DC
  • "Labor Law 101," Florida Beer Wholesalers' Association Annual Retreat, The Homestead Resort, Virginia
  • "The Changing Face of Employment Law," Association of Legal Administrators 2004 Educational Conference, New Orleans LA


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