People: Louisa J. Johnson, Partner

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Louisa J. Johnson

Partner

Atlanta
Direct: (404) 888-1023
Fax: (404) 892-7056
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Ms. Johnson is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department and co-leader of the Atlanta office’s women’s affinity group, Seyfarth Women’s Network.  Ms. Johnson focuses her practice on employment-related litigation and compliance counseling involving federal and state wage-hour laws, leave issues, and discrimination.  On the litigation side, she has experience with both single-plaintiff and complex class and collective litigation.  On the counseling side, in addition to one-off counseling advice, Ms. Johnson conducts preventative workplace assessments for employers.  Ms. Johnson also has experience with civil and commercial litigation matters and with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Ms. Johnson has defended employers throughout the United States in a wide-array of industries including financial services, insurance, consulting, manufacturing, retail, hospitality, transportation, restaurant, and real estate holdings.  The privately-brought lawsuits she has defended have ranged from complex multi-district hybrid actions under state and federal laws involving thousands of employees to the more basic single- and multi-plaintiff lawsuits asserting individual claims.  The administrative matters that Ms. Johnson has defended have involved investigations by state and federal departments of labor on issues such as independent contractor status, unemployment, exempt classification, and wage payment issues.  Finally, Ms. Johnson has conducted more than thirty preventative workplace assessments for companies regarding the classification of employees as exempt or non-exempt, the pay practices and policies with respect to non-exempt, overtime-eligible employees (including tipped employees), potential joint employment issues, and the classification of certain workers as independent contractors.

Ms. Johnson speaks at public and employer-specific seminars and has contributed to publications such as the Fair Labor Standards Act, Cumulative Supplement, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law (2009 - 2010) and the firm’s definitive treatise on wage and hour litigation, Wage & Hour Collective and Class Litigation, ALM Law Journal Press (2012).

Ms. Johnson is a partner in the Labor & Employment Department and co-leader of the Atlanta office’s women’s affinity group, Seyfarth Women’s Network.  Ms. Johnson focuses her practice on employment-related litigation and compliance counseling involving federal and state wage-hour laws, leave issues, and discrimination.  On the litigation side, she has experience with both single-plaintiff and complex class and collective litigation.  On the counseling side, in addition to one-off counseling advice, Ms. Johnson conducts preventative workplace assessments for employers.  Ms. Johnson also has experience with civil and commercial litigation matters and with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Ms. Johnson has defended employers throughout the United States in a wide-array of industries including financial services, insurance, consulting, manufacturing, retail, hospitality, transportation, restaurant, and real estate holdings.  The privately-brought lawsuits she has defended have ranged from complex multi-district hybrid actions under state and federal laws involving thousands of employees to the more basic single- and multi-plaintiff lawsuits asserting individual claims.  The administrative matters that Ms. Johnson has defended have involved investigations by state and federal departments of labor on issues such as independent contractor status, unemployment, exempt classification, and wage payment issues.  Finally, Ms. Johnson has conducted more than thirty preventative workplace assessments for companies regarding the classification of employees as exempt or non-exempt, the pay practices and policies with respect to non-exempt, overtime-eligible employees (including tipped employees), potential joint employment issues, and the classification of certain workers as independent contractors.

Ms. Johnson speaks at public and employer-specific seminars and has contributed to publications such as the Fair Labor Standards Act, Cumulative Supplement, ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law (2009 - 2010) and the firm’s definitive treatise on wage and hour litigation, Wage & Hour Collective and Class Litigation, ALM Law Journal Press (2012).

Education

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law (2003)
    The Journal of Law & Politics
  • B.A., University of Virginia (2000)
    with honors

Admissions

  • Georgia

Courts

  • U. S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
  • U. S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
  • U. S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas
  • U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas
  • U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana 
  • U. S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U. S. District Court for the District of Colorado
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • Georgia Court of Appeals

Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Georgia Bar Association
  • Georgia Association of Women Lawyers
  • Atlanta Bar Association 

Presentations

  • “Performance and Termination Decisions Under the FMLA and ADA,” Strafford Webinars (November 1, 2017)
  • “FMLA Leave Strategies that Tackle Abuse: Overcoming Leave Challenges while Maintaining Compliance,” C4CM (March 2, 2017)
  • “Evolving FLSA, ACA, DOL and NLRB Requirements: Unraveling the Overlapping Regulatory Regimes,” Strafford Webinars (January 6, 2016)
  • “Employment Law Hot Topics In 2015 and Beyond,” ACC Georgia Chapter (September 8, 2015)
  • “Taming The New Three-Headed Hydra:  The Affordable Care Act, The Fair Labor Standards Act, and The Laws That Define Independent Contractors” (August 27, 2015)
  • “Technology and the In-House Attorney:  The Legal, Ethical and Professional Implications of Today’s Plugged-In World” (October 16, 2014)
  • “Assessing the Risk:  Issues to Consider in Wage & Hour Audits” (May 16, 2013)
  • “Independent Contractors and Temporary Staff:  Governments' Focus and the Legal Requirements”  (February 15, 2012)
  • “Best Practices for Preventing or Winning FLSA 'Off-the-Clock' Work Lawsuits,” Thompson Interactive (December 16, 2010)
  • “Wage & Hour Compliance:  How to Avoid Becoming ‘Best Friends’ with the Wage and Hour Division and the Plaintiffs’ Bar” (March 31, 2010)
  • Training Presentation to Real Estate / Multi-Family Property Firm Community Managers and Directors Regarding Wage-Hour Matters (2007)
  • “Paying the Troops:  Wage and Hour ‘Dos’ and ‘Don’ts,’” Compliance Boot Camp for the HR Professional (2007)
  • “Compliance Boot Camp Wage and Hour Field Training” (2007)

Publications

Accolades

  • Chambers USA, Georgia L&E, Up and Coming
  • Georgia Super Lawyers, Rising Star

Community Involvement

  • Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta