M. Nan Alessandra - Phelps Dunbar LLP

M. Nan Alessandra

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2003
Phone: 504-584-9297

Nan Alessandra represents employers in both the public and private sectors in the defense of discrimination, harassment and retaliation claims for age, gender, disability, race, religion, national origin, and other protected categories. Her litigation experience includes the defense of EEOC and other administrative charges filed through the various federal and state court agencies, as well as defense of legal claims filed at both the judicial level, as well as through the arbitration process. She has also represented clients on a wide variety of human resource issues and compliance issues and assists in developing appropriate policies and procedures, as well as provide onsite training to management and personnel on both employment related topics and corporate compliance issues. Ms. Alessandra’s experience for clients involves many different industries including financial institutions, educational institutions, public agencies, manufacturing companies, chemical companies and healthcare organizations.

Ms. Alessandra is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s Panel of Neutrals for employment related matters in both arbitration and mediation. She has participated in a wide range of mediations and arbitrations as a mediator, arbitrator and advocate. As part of her mediation and arbitration experience, she has mediated and arbitrated a wide variety of cases in the labor and employment arenas, with both single and multi-party claimants/respondents.

As part of her practice in the Employment and Labor arena, Ms. Alessandra has adjudicated cases at both the bench and jury trial levels. In this regard, Ms. Alessandra’s industry experience has varied dramatically and ranges in the gaming, restaurant, engineering, hospitality and academic areas in both the public and private sector. Ms. Alessandra has also represented executives in contractual disputes and has an active counseling/advisory practice involving all aspects of labor and employment in both federal and state administrative agencies, including defense of civil rights claims and constitutional challenges.

Ms. Alessandra serves as the Practice Coordinator for the firm's Labor and Employment Group in New Orleans. Prior to going into private practice, Ms. Alessandra was a judicial law clerk upon graduation from law school and was judicial extern for a federal judge while she was in her last year of law school.

University of New OrleansBA 1982Loyola University New OrleansJ.D. 1985
Louisiana State Bar AssociationState Bar of TexasBar Association of the Federal Fifth CircuitFederal Bar AssociationNew Orleans Bar AssociationAmerican Bar AssociationJefferson Bar AssociationAmerican Immigration Lawyers AssociationAmerican Arbitration AssociationLouisiana Hospital Association

Client Comments

"Ms. Alessandra has the ability grasp the issues at hand and provide her client's a "no-nonsense" synopsis of what needs to be done and why. She is thorough in her investigations and research, and when she provides an evaluation of the facts, you can be confident there will be no surprises as you progress toward trial. She is an excellent litigator and her ability before a judge and jury is unequaled among her peers. She has the respect of the legal community, which adds to the value she offers a client she represents. Her practical knowledge of diverse working environments translates into an understanding of the root issues at hand and practical solutions to resolve them, as well as prevent them from occurring. She has assembled a very professional support staff and they work well together. "

-Mark Murret
Director of Claims
RPM Pizza LLC dba Domino's Pizza

"Nan is an exceptional employment lawyer. She brings a much-valued practical view to dealing with day-to-day employee issues. Nan is a problem-solver (one of the best compliments I could give to someone) and doesn't hesitate to take a stance on tough issues and advise what she would do if she were she in my shoes. Nan's very responsive, is a good listener, and communicates (both orally and in writing) to be understood. She's excellent in dealing with people, whether they sit on the federal bench or work in a manufacturing plant. Nan's a "go-to" lawyer, whom I count as an integral member of our legal team. "

-Barry LaCour
General Counsel
Laitram, L.L.C.

"Nan is experienced, easy to work with, and completely accessible whether by phone or email. Nan's communication is thorough, effective, and completely understandable to those of us outside the legal profession. Because of her depth of knowledge in employment law and human resource matters, Nan is able to address my questions and concerns immediately without hours of billable research. Nan's first concern has always been accurate, cost-effective information and the defense of our company. "

-Brenda Reid
Benefits/Risk Manager
Brice Building Company, Inc.

Office Location

365 Canal Street, Suite 2000
New Orleans, LA 70130-6534
United States

Practice Areas

Employment Law - Management
Litigation - Labor and Employment

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