MELISSA E. PIERRE-LOUIS is a partner at Outten & Golden LLP in New York, where she represents employees in litigation and negotiation in all areas of employment law, including individual and class discrimination cases and wage and hour class actions. Ms. Pierre-Louis is Co-Chair of O&G’s Family Responsibilities and Disability Discrimination Practice Group.  Prior to joining Outten & Golden, Ms. Pierre-Louis worked as a public interest fellow at Beldock, Levine & Hoffman LLP, where she worked primarily on labor and employment matters.

Ms. Pierre-Louis is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and its New York affiliate; the American Bar Association; and the New York City and State Bar Associations. She is the Co-Chair, FMLA subcommittee of ABA Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee. She is also the former Chair of the National Employment Lawyers Association's Lawyers of Color Committee.

Ms. Pierre-Louis lectures and has written articles on a variety of employment law-related topics. She is admitted to the state bar of New York and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

MELISSA E. PIERRE-LOUIS is a partner at Outten & Golden LLP, where she represents employees in litigation and negotiation in all areas of employment law, including individual and class discrimination cases and wage and hour class actions. Ms. Pierre-Louis is Co-Chair of O&G’s Family Responsibilities and Disability Discrimination Practice Group.  Prior to joining Outten & Golden, Ms. Pierre-Louis worked as a public interest fellow at Beldock, Levine & Hoffman LLP, where she worked primarily on labor and employment matters.

Ms. Pierre-Louis is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) and its New York affiliate; the American Bar Association; and the New York City and State Bar Associations. She is the Co-Chair: FMLA subcommittee of ABA Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee. She is also the former Chair of the National Employment Lawyers Association's Lawyers of Color Committee.

Ms. Pierre-Louis lectures and has written articles on a variety of employment law-related topics. She is admitted to the state bar of New York and the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York.

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Co-Chair: FMLA subcommittee of ABA Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee
  • American Bar Association (ABA) Labor and Employment Law Section
  • New York State Bar Association

Speaking Engagements

2017

  • Speaker: “Understanding the Complexities of On-Ramping and Off-Ramping in Financial Services,” Council of Urban Professionals and the Robert Toigo Foundation Alumni Association (New York, NY)

2016

  • Speaker: " Employee Performance and Termination: Key considerations under the FMLA and ADA - live webcast" November 4, 2016.

2015

  • Speaker: “The FMLA 20 Years Later,” American Bar Association, 9th Annual Labor & Employment Law Conference, Philadelphia, PA
  • Speaker: "Workplace Investigations Essentials: What to Know When Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations," American Bar Association, Webinar
  • Speaker: "Pregnancy In The Workplace:  Employers' and Employees' Rights and Obligations," American Bar Association, Webinar
  • Speaker: "Handling Requests for Leave and Religious and Disability Accommodations," New York City Bar Employment Law Institute
  • Speaker: "The FMLA," American Bar Association, Section of Labor & Employment Law, Federal Labor Standards Legislation Committee Midwinter Meeting

2014

  • Speaker: "Title VII Essentials," American Bar Association, Webinar
  • Moderator: "Return to Work—If You Can! How to Use the ADA & Rehabilitation Act to Your Client's Advantage," NELA 2014 Annual Convention: Blazing the Trail, Courage, Challenge, Change

2013

  • Panelist: "Let's Be Reasonable: Questions, Concerns and Practical Considerations of Accommodating Employees with Mental Disabilities", The Association of Black Women Attorneys and the Metropolitan Black Bar Association

2012

  • Speaker: "Mixed-Motive Defense in Employment Discrimination Cases," CLE Webinar, Strafford Publications
  • Lecturer: "Litigating Disability Discrimination Claims under the American with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008," Cordozo School of Law

2010

  • Speaker: “Representing People with Conviction Histories in Employment Matters,” The New York City Conference on Representing Employees

Publications

  • Associate Editor: "The Family and Medical Leave Act, 2015 Cumulative Supplement," ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law
  • Author: “The Final Regulations to the ADA Amendments Act: Redefining What it Means to Be 'Disabled' Under the Act,” Employment Law Strategist, 2011.
  • Author: “Recruiting Talent without Liability: Avoiding Conflicts and Disqualification in Lateral Hiring,” American Bar Association Midwinter Meeting, 2011.
  • Author: “Impact Matters: How Lewis v. City of Chicago Saved the Timeliness of Disparate Impact Claims,” NELA Employee Advocate, 2010.
  • Author: “The Disparate Impact of Criminal Screening Policies,” New York City Conference on Representing Employees, 2010.

Awards & Recognition

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star: 2017