Leslie Lanusse joined Adams and Reese in 1985 and is a Partner serving on the Labor and Employment team. She has more than two decades of experience in the representation of management in all phases of employee relations.
Her experience has included defending claims of discrimination before the EEOC and the Louisiana Commission on Human Rights; handling claims arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state compensation commissions; defense of OSHA and environmental whistleblower claims before administrative agencies; defense of FMLA claims; defense of claims of violation by employers of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986; and defending employers during investigation of compliance with wage and hour laws.
Throughout her career, Leslie has handled fiduciary liability claims including ERISA and D & O litigation. She also regularly drafts employment policies, trains in compliance and best practices, and provides ongoing advice and counsel regarding employment issues, including drafting and advising on implementation of affirmative action plans. With significant trial experience in both federal and state courts in several states — including several high-dollar, high-profile cases — Leslie brings to the table invaluable litigation experience.
Her significant contributions include:
Acting as lead counsel in a significant commercial litigation matter involving breach of contract and resulting damages including lost profits. The continuing operation of the company and its very viability in large measure was contingent upon a successful outcome. A two-week trial resulted in a favorable multi-million dollar judgment.
Acting as lead counsel in litigation and counseling for one of New Orleans’ largest employers, including defense of a class action involving breach of employment contract claims where the case settled on favorable terms.
Acting as lead counsel in multi-plaintiff litigation involving racial harassment, discrimination and retaliation claims brought by 73 employees of a large environmental contractor; case settled on favorable terms.
Acting as lead counsel in several significant matters for a quasi-public entity, including successful defense to an ADEA claim on the basis that the shareholders in this entity were not “employers” as a matter of law; affirmed on appeal. 437 F.3d 471 (5th Cir, 2006).
Having started her career as an insurance defense lawyer before specializing in employment law almost 20 years ago, Leslie has a detailed understanding of the needs of the insurance companies involved in employment practices litigation. While focused on the insured defendant, she is also able to satisfy the insurer’s requirements of prompt reporting, evaluating, and budgeting. Her client list includes numerous major insurers of employment practices liability as well as clients who came to the firm as insureds, but have remained clients on uninsured matters because of the quality of the representation Leslie provided.
Leslie spends her free time with family and friends.