Ms. Desmond, who maintains an active practice in both Louisiana and Mississippi, specializes in the areas of labor and employment and civil litigation, including representing employers in Family and Medical Leave cases, discrimination claims relative to age, sex, disability, race, religion, and sexual harassment, and handling EEOC charges and other administrative complaints through the administrative and judicial process.
Ms. Desmond also routinely counsels clients on a variety of employment practices, including employment contracts and employee handbooks and policies. She conducts employee training seminars, harassment investigations, and frequently speaks on employment-related topics for groups such as The Society for Human Resources Management, Compliance Online, and other management organizations.
Ms. Desmond is admitted to practice law in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Colorado. She is a member of the Federal and American Bar Associations (member, Labor and Employment Law Section; past chair, Labor Committee; Executive Council Coordinator, Young Lawyers Section; member, Torts and Insurance Practice Section; member, Emerging Issues Committee). Ms. Desmond has served as a director for both The Mississippi Bar Young Lawyers Division and the Jackson Young Lawyers Association.
She was named the 1997-98 Outstanding Young Lawyer in Mississippi and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, MidSouth Super Lawyers, Louisiana Super Lawyers, New Orleans Super Lawyers and Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers, Labor and Employment Law sections.
Ms. Desmond is frequently published, including being a contributing author to Complying with Employment Regulations, 2011 ed: Leading Lawyers on Analyzing Legislation and Adapting to the Changing State of Employment Law, Aspature Books; Contributing author, International Labor and Employment Laws (ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law, 2003 to the present); Contributing author, Employment Law, A Practical Compliance Reference (M. Lee Smith Publishers, 2010 and 2011); “Fair Labor Standards Act,” Mississippi Employment Law Practice Handbook (University of Mississippi, 2009 and 2003); Contributing Editor, Mississippi Employment Law Letter, 2003- 2011), “The Latest Public Sector Labor and Employment Law Developments,” Public Sector Employment Law (2005) “Significant New Developments in Discrimination and Retaliation Law,” Public Sector Employment Law (2005) and “Employment Law Issues on the Information Superhighway,” Mississippi Business Law Journal, (1997).
Ms. Desmond earned her B.A. from the University of Mississippi, and her J.D. from the University of Tennessee School of Law